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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

June Workshops: A Play in 2 Days and Television Writing at Primary Stages ESPA

Instructor: Julian Sheppard (Writer, Los Angeles at The Flea Theater (dir. Adam Rapp), Drama Desk-nominated Buicks

Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23
10:00am – 5:00pm both days

This 2-day writing extravaganza is designed to push you to write an inspired first draft in 48 hours. Sounds crazy, right? But it can be done!

This class might be for you if you:
  • You're a playwright with a seed of an idea that you'd like to explore in a fun, intensive situation.
  • You've got an open mind and you're the kind of crazy person who wants to attempt to write a play in 48 hours!

In this class you will:
  • Use your intuition and liberate yourself from the trap of overthinking.
  • Be given exercises by email in the week leading up to the course in order to start planting seeds.
  • Dive into exercises that will shake up tired assumptions about how to create.

By the end of this class you will:


Instructor: Kara Lee Corthron (Writer, "You" on Netflix, AliceGraceAnon at New Georges)

Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30
11:00am – 4:00pm both days

Writing for television has the potential to be not only artistically satisfying, but lucrative as well—just ask Aaron Sorkin from "The Newsroom", Sarah Treem from "The Affair", or Joshua Allen from "Empire". This 2-day workshop is your opportunity to learn the structure and language of television writing so you can work to join the ranks of these distinguished playwrights-turned-television writers.

This class might be for you if you:
  • Are a playwright who wants the tools to transition from stage to screen.
  • Need a stronger grasp of the components of this form and want to start writing.
In this class you will:
  • Discuss the elements of a television script, particularly focusing on structure, form, and language.
  • Do exercises to understand the form and put these elements into practice.
  • Bring in a basic pilot idea that you would like to explore within class, addressing character, story arc, structure, and what a pilot would look like and need to include.
By the end of this class you will:
  • Have a broad understanding of the components of television writing.
  • Be able to use these tools to develop an idea of your own into a pilot.
  • Be ready to write in our full-length Television Writing class!
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 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

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