Silk Road Rising’s EPIC (Empathic Playwriting Intensive Course) is an integrated education program designed to engage a student’s imagination and help them articulate it through drama.

EPIC was developed out of a desire to impart upon today’s students the importance of empathy—not just as a value and a practice, but also as a significant tool when it comes to cultural sensitivity and conflict resolution. Students explore their world—and themselves—as EPIC immerses them in dramatic writing, aiding them in the discovery of compassionate empathy.

Students will take part in the following:

- Writing dialogue
- Developing characters
- Building conflict
- Using improvisation

Students will have create an original 10-minute play, which is performed as a staged reading at a school assembly. Students acquire empathic leadership, as well as confidence and an understanding of complex interpersonal and organizational challenges.

Morgan Park High School