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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The First Draft at Primary Stages ESPA!

Whether you’re writing your first play or your hundredth, it’s not always easy to set the creative wheels in motion.  Write your next play this summer at Primary Stages ESPA!

This 8-week class will guide you through the development of your first draft, providing concrete deadlines, constructive feedback, and a collaborative environment that will encourage you to get your ideas on the page. This class is geared toward all writers, from those just starting out in the world of playwriting to experienced playwrights looking for a chance to start a new piece. Writing can often be a solitary process, but this class will allow you the opportunity to strengthen your writing skills while building connections with your artistic peers.

Section A: Leah Nanako Winkler (Writer, Kentucky at Ensemble Studio Theatre)
Starts June 21
This class will be a collaborative environment where you are encouraged to bring in unfiltered pages and give and receive feedback from classmates in a safe space. Leah views the first draft as a time to write and take risks without neurosis, and will urge you to write from the heart and let everything fall into place from there.

Section C: Abe Koogler (Writer, Kill Floor at Lincoln Center Theater, upcoming Fulfillment Center at MTC)
Starts June 29
Abe believes the best writing comes from the deep unconscious, so this class will help you identify your unconscious impulses, calm your doubts and worries, and write toward the unknown. Abe's goal as a teacher is to help you stay excited about what you're writing, and—if you need it—to help you clear away blocks that are preventing you from moving forward.

Section D: Eddie Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes on at Primary Stages)
Starts July 9
Eddie's class is all about being a safe place to try things. One week you may bring in a scene that totally slays, the next week, not so much. But this is the room where you can try. Eddie will send out a questionnaire with the first class to help you focus on what you want to write (and sometimes those initial answers change as the play develops).

This class is also available online! For more information, see Online Classroom

Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere.

Primary Stages ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x211 or email espa@primarystages.org.

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