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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Summer Writing Classes Online at Primary Stages ESPA!

Summer 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 


Tasha Gordon-Solmon (Writer and Director; Faculty, NYU Dramatic Writing)

Winter Miller (Writer, In Darfur at The Public Theater, No One Is Forgotten at Rattlestick)

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

Caridad Svich (Writer, OBIE Winner for Lifetime Achievement)

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.

Fundamentals of Playwriting 


6 Week Class with MĂȘlisa Annis (Faculty, NYU Tisch Dramatic Writing Program)

5 Week Class with Brittany K Allen (Writer and Actor; Redwood at Portland Center Stage, Kilroy's List)

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

Rewriting Your Draft

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.

10 Minute Plays and One Acts 

Instructor: Adam Kraar (Writer, Alternating Currents at The Working Theatre, Dancing On The Edge at Theatre Novi Most) 

Developing a strong portfolio of short plays is one of the fastest ways to become a produced or published playwright. Learn how to distill a compelling story into the shortest possible dramatic form, think outside of the box of structure, and have some fun.

Getting It Written

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

In this class for experienced playwrights, the pressure is off. We're not trying to write a new play. Instead, through a series of imaginative and generative writing exercises, you will spark creativity and re-engage your natural impulses. 

Comedy Writing 

Instructor: Kate Moira Ryan (Writer (with Judy Gold), 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother; Cavedweller at New York Theatre Workshop) 

A solid grasp of the mechanics of comedy writing for the stage is a powerful tool in the hand of any playwright. Study the specialized principals of comedy and learn how to weave them into any script.

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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