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Thursday, December 17, 2020

Spring Writing Classes Online at Primary Stages ESPA!

Spring 2021 online classes at Primary Stages ESPA are now open for enrollment! Here are just some of the classes in our lineup of opportunities in the writing department:

The First Draft

This class will guide you through the development of your first draft, providing concrete deadlines, constructive feedback, and a collaborative environment to get your ideas on the page.


Suzanne Bradbeer (Writer, Confederates (Kilroys Honorable Mention))

Tasha Gordon-Solmon (Writer and Director; Faculty, NYU Graduate Playwriting Program)

Michael Walkup (Producing Artistic Director, Page 73)

The First Draft: Adaptation

Instructor: Caridad Svich (Writer, OBIE Winner for Lifetime Achievement)

This class will guide you through the development of your first draft of an adaptation.

Rewriting Your Draft: Writer’s Room

Instructor: Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River)

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

Rewriting Your Draft: Individualized Attention

Instructor: Adam Kraar (Writer, Wild Terrain at EST)

This class is a combination of full class sessions and one-on-one meetings with Adam, designed to help you hold on to the things that first excited you enough to start writing your play, while also using the tools of craft to organize it into a script you're truly satisfied with.

Write Your Own Hamlet

Instructor: Kate Moira Ryan (Writer (with Judy Gold), 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother)

Write a full-length play using William Shakespeare’s Hamlet as a blueprint!

Writing for Zoom

Instructor: Lia Romeo (Writer, 4-time Kilroy's List writer)

Learn how to write for this new virtual and socially distant platform.

Big D Energy: The Dramaturgy of Playwriting

Instructor: Winter Miller (Writer, In Darfur at The Public Theater)

Look at great works from the outside in to strengthen your own writing.

Short Form Screenwriting 

Instructor: Mêlisa Annis (Writer, Director, Dramaturg; Faculty, NYU Tisch)

Apply the concepts of character development, visual storytelling, theme, plot, and dialogue to your own original short film script.

The Business of Theater

Instructor: John Gould Rubin (Director, Turn Me Loose Off-Broadway)

Learn about theater as a business in order to produce your own work.

Workshop: Kickstart Your First Draft

Instructor: Abe Koogler (Obie-winning Writer, Fulfillment Center at MTC)

Spark inspiration to kickstart your new play!

Workshop: Being On-Camera for Playwrights and Directors

Instructors: Amelia Campbell (Tony-nominated Actor) and Anthony Arkin (Actor and Filmmaker, “The Americans”)

Enhance your craft as a playwright by delving into on-camera techniques and strategies that actors employ to create high-level, captivating work.

Classes begin in February. Start and end dates vary. Click here for the full list of writing classes.

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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