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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Fall Writing Classes Online at Primary Stages ESPA!

Fall 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.


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)

Michael Walkup (Artistic Director, Page 73) 

Fast First Draft

Instructor: Lia Romeo (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

Instructors: Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River) and Suzanne Bradbeer (Writer, Pulitzer-nominated The God Game)

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.

Comedy Writing for the Stage

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

Study the specialized set of rules for comedy, which are vastly different from the dramatic form.

Short Form Screenwriting

Instructor: MĂȘlisa Annis (Faculty, NYU Tisch Dramatic Writing Program) 

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

Dramatic Structure

Instructor: MĂȘlisa Annis (Faculty, NYU Tisch Dramatic Writing Program) 

Find the confidence to give voice to character, a foundation for world building, and develop your voice as a writer.

Big D Energy: The Dramaturgy of Playwriting

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

Through play analyses and writing exercises, look at great works from the outside in to strengthen your own writing.

Tools of Dialogue

Instructor: Matthew Paul Olmos (Writer, so go the ghost of mexico, part one at La Mama)

Hone your skills of dialogue writing in order to engage your audiences in a more meaningful way.

The Artistic Statement

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

Conquer the overwhelming task of writing about yourself and your work.

Classes begin in September. 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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