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Thursday, June 13, 2019

New Classes Added this Summer at Primary Stages ESPA

We are so excited to add TWO new sections of classes at Primary Stages ESPA this Summer: First Draft with Crystal Skillman and Rewriting Your Draft with Stefanie Zadravec.

Instructor: Crystal Skillman (Writer, Open (playing now!), Geek, Rain and Zoe Save the World)
Wednesdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
June 19, 26, July 10, 24, 31, August 7, 14, 21

This 8-week class at Primary Stages ESPA will guide you through the development of your first draft. Crystal's section is a class of the IMAGINATION. This class will be very much focused on what you are passionate to write a full-length about and what is theatrical – and what MUST be a play.

This class might be for you if you:
  • Are a playwright of any level looking to start the first draft of your new play. 
  • Are starting out in the world of playwriting or want to write your first play. 
  • Want concrete deadlines and constructive feedback to encourage you to get your ideas on the page.
In this class you will:
  • Bring in new pages to hear them read aloud in class. 
  • Strengthen your writing skills with exercises and assignments from your instructor. 
  • Engage in discussion with fellow writers, making connections with your artistic peers.
By the end of this class you will:
  • Have a solid start on—or even complete!—a first draft of a full-length play. 
  • Be ready for our Completing Your Draft class!


Instructor: Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River Theatre Company)
Mondays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
June 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 29, August 5, 1

As soon as you finish your last line of dialogue, the need for rewrites begins. This 8-week class will help you tackle the revision process and develop a stronger version of your play.

This class might be for you if you:
  • Have a fully completed draft of a full-length play and you are ready to begin rewrites. (If you are unsure if your play fits the parameters of this class, please contact us!)
  • Want to be challenged in a classroom environment that is run like a professional playwriting workshop.
  • Are a new or returning Primary Stages ESPA writer.
In this class you will:
  • Start by articulating and addressing your goals for this new draft. 
  • Present longer chunks of text (20-30 pages) every other week. 
  • Receive feedback and response to your work from the group, filtered through a series of prompts given by Stefanie. 
  • Complete writing exercises to inspire you to ask new questions of your play, look at it from various angles, and deconstruct it.
By the end of this class you will:
  • Have a stronger draft of your play. 
  • Be adept at giving and receiving useful feedback to work that is in-process. 
  • Have the tools you need to transform any first draft into a more streamlined, compelling work that’s ready to be heard. 
  • Be ready to apply for The Second Draft.

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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