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Newsfront - January 11, 2008

Reserve now for Tao House student days

Training will take place in drama, art, photography and writing

High school students from throughout Contra Costa County are invited to apply to participate in the 2008 Student Days in March. The program offers professional training in drama, art, photography and writing, at the Tao House estate of playwright Eugene O'Neill.

The program is sponsored by the Eugene O'Neill Foundation in partnership with the National Park Service. It begins March 5 with workshops on art, then continues March 6 with the day devoted to students interested in drama. Workshops on photography will be held March 12, with writing studied March 13.

This year's faculty includes the following:

* Art: Debbie Koonce, an artist who specializes in landscapes

* Theater: Michael Butler, actor and artistic director of Center Repertory Company in Walnut Creek, and Chad Deverman, actor with California Shakespeare Festival

* Photography: Jose Carlos Fajardo, staff photographer with the Contra Cost Times

* Writing: C.W. Nevius, San Franicsco Chronicle columnist; Kathy Moore, writing teacher and coordinator of the San Ramon Valley Writing and Reading Project; and Erin Phillips, playwright.

Actors Richard James and Kerri Shawn will perform on each of the four days of the program.

Applications are available from the Eugene O'Neill Foundation. Call 820-1818 or go to They must be submitted by Feb. 15.

Since Student Days began in 1991, more than 1,600 students have participated. The program is funded in large part through a grant from the Charles and Shirlene Clark Family Foundation of Lodi.