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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Summer Writing Classes Online at Primary Stages ESPA!

Summer 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.


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

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

Caridad Svich (Writer, OBIE Winner for Lifetime Achievement)

Crystal Skillman (Writer, King Kirby, Open, Rain and Zoe Save the World)

Fast First Draft

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

Work on generative writing exercises designed to kickstart your creativity to swiftly and decisively embark on a first draft of a new play.

Fundamentals of Playwriting 

Instructor: Dennis A. Allen II (Writer and Director, Atlantic Theater Co, National Black Theatre)

Build a toolbox of the fundamentals, so your first play can be built on a strong foundation.

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: Nikkole Salter (Writer, Pulitzer-nominated In the Continuum)

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

Write Your Own Romeo and Juliet

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

Write a full-length play using William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet as a blueprint!

10-Minute Plays and One Acts

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

learn how to distill a compelling story into the shortest possible dramatic form.

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.

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: How to Create a Collaborative Virtual Space

Instructor: Zachary Fine (Writer, Bewilderness at Playmakers Rep)

Learn the skills, games, and exercises needed to lead and invigorate any virtual space with joy, curiosity, and fun.

Classes begin in June. 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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