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Friday, January 21, 2022

Spring Writing Classes Online at Primary Stages ESPA!

Spring 2022 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.


Brittany K. Allen (Writer and Actor; Redwood at Portland Center Stage, Kilroy's List)

Rogelio Martinez (Writer, Ping Pong at the Public)

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

Caridad Svich (Writer, OBIE Winner for Lifetime Achievement)

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

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

Rewriting Your Draft

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.


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

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

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

Write Your Own Cherry Orchard

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

Write a full-length play using Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard as a blueprint in this fun and interactive class.

Big D Energy: The Dramaturgy of Playwriting

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

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

TV Writing: A Pilot Party

Instructor: C. Quintana (Writer, Azul, ABC’s “The Beauty”)

Workshop your half hour or hour-long pilot script in an intimate and supportive setting.

Workshop: Libretto Writing

Instructor: AriDy Nox (Writer, Black Girl in Paris, Metropolis)

Focus on this structural backbone of musical theater storytelling, developing the tools and framework of a musical theater piece.

Workshop: The Storytelling of Marginalized People

Instructor: Chesney Snow (Actor, Broadway’s In Transit, Soil Beneath at Primary Stages)

Learn the history of global majority theatrical forms—such as hip-hop theater, spoken word, theater of the oppressed, and choreopoem—and begin generating your own piece, pushing the boundaries of traditional theater and reimagining what the future can be.

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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