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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The Playwrights Group


STUCK AT HOME? 
GOOD TIME TO GET SOME 
WRITING DONE. 
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR 
ONLINE OFFERINGS


Script Consultations

Have a script you want feedback on?  Just send a PDF of your script and you’ll get the answers you’re looking for via email, phone or video conference. 

Richard Caliban has worked with  individuals on their scripts from all over the world — Indonesia, China, Greece, Australia, Serbia, as well as right here in New York. A script consultation will provide you with feedback on the structural soundness of your story, the dramatic arc of your protagonist, thematic unity and much more.

Online One-on-One Courses

If you’re looking for more, check out our One on One Online Playwriting Courses:

       The Art of Playwriting
       Write a Play in 10 Weeks

Both are One on One with instructor Richard Caliban, who has spent his life in rehearsal rooms getting words on a page up onto a stage. And since it’s One on One, the courses can be adjusted to fit your level of experience. 

Contact us at scripts@theplaywrightsgroup.com or visit our website for further info at: 

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

SPRING SEMESTER JUST STARTED: The First Draft at Primary Stages ESPA

Spring semester of classes at Primary Stages ESPA just started! There are just a few slots still available for two of our First Draft sections - you can start class as early as NEXT WEEK!

Instructor: Adam Kraar (Writer, New World Rhapsody at MTC, Wild Terrain at EST)

EVENING CLASS TIME!
Tuesdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
February 25, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28

The structure of this class is elastic enough to accommodate a variety of playwriting voices, yet rigorous enough to help each writer power through a First Draft. Because Adam believes the best First Draft writing happens when writers release their intuitive impulses, you'll learn strategies for keeping the conscious, critical mind out of the drafting process. This class will encourage you to tap into your most burning concerns, and then to go beyond that, employing craft to ensure that your concerns will speak to the widest possible audience. The main organizing principle of this class is to support the work that each writer needs to write, trusting that no one knows more about the underlying impulse of a particular play than the author who wrote it.

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Instructor: Crystal Skillman (Writer, Geek, Pulp Vérité, Mary and Max)

DAYTIME CLASS TIME!
Mondays from 11:00am – 2:00pm
March 9, 16, 23, 30, April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18

This is a class of the IMAGINATION. This class will be very much focused on what you are passionate to write a full-length about and what is theatrical – and what MUST be a play. In the class, you will focus mainly on structure, in addition to character, language, and dramatic action. Consider Crystal your producer, that at times you adore and at times you find challenging, but who always keeps you on track.

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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Monday, February 10, 2020

The Playwrights Group offers a Weekly Workshop, Script Consultations and Online One-on-One Classes.



The Playwrights Group offers a Weekly WorkshopScript Consultations and Online One-on-One Classes.

The Weekly Workshop

Heres how it works: You bring in material — anywhere from a few pages to an entire script. It can be a full length, 10 minute play, webisode, musical, film, whatever. We divvy up the parts, read it and give you feedback. You get some ideas. You go back to work. Simple. 

Participating in a group is a great way to stay focused and motivated throughout the process of writing a play. And it sure doesnt hurt to get some exposure to other writers and see how they approach the particular projects theyre working on. 

Were a loose group. We have fun. And we love new faces. We have people who are just starting out, trying to get their first production; and people who have had quite a bit of success. And theres always a nice mix of writers who have been members for years along with new folks. 

The best way to see if TPG is a good fit for you, a place where youll feel comfortable and able to thrive — is to sit in on a session and see if you like the vibe.

• Thursdays 7 - 9:30pm
• Midtown Manhattan Location

Contact us at scripts@theplaywrightsgroup.com to schedule a visit.

Script Consultations

If youre not in the NYC area or if you cant make it to the workshop but have a script you want feedback on, just send a PDF of your script and youll get the answers youre looking for via email, phone or video conference. 

Online One-on-One Courses

If youre looking for more, check out our One on One Online Playwriting Courses:

• The Art of Playwriting
• Write a Play in 10 Weeks


Contact us at scripts@theplaywrightsgroup.com or visit our website for further info at: 



Friday, January 31, 2020

ESPAfest 2020: Free Writing Workshops, Master Classes, and More!

Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) is thrilled to announce ESPAfest 2020. Join us for a week of FREE workshops and master classes. 

All events are free and open to the public. RSVP to attend

Monday, February 10
2:00pm – 4:00pm: FREE WORKSHOP – A Shakespeare Potluck with Geoffrey Owens (Actor, Romeo and Juliet on Broadway (with Orlando Bloom), Tyler Perry's “The Haves and the Have Nots”; Director, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III, among others)
Broadway, film, and TV veteran and Shakespeare aficionado Geoffrey Owens will open our studios to anyone who wants to work on a piece, ask questions about text, or just discuss how to approach this rich work. Bring some snacks (for yourself or to share!) and get ready to dive into Shakespeare with the master.

Everyone is welcome! This workshop will be both on-your-feet work and discussion – participants can bring in monologues and/or scenes, read text off the page, or just bring in questions about Shakespeare, Shakespearean text, and Geoffrey’s process working on it as both an actor and director.

Tuesday, February 11
6:30pm – 9:30pm: Seeing Between the Lines – The Confession of Lily Dare with Erin Daley (Associate Artistic Director, Primary Stages) 
Prior to the workshop, see a performance of the Primary Stages production The Confession of Lily Dare by Charles Busch, and then come together as a class on February 11 to talk about the production from a dramaturg’s perspective! Discuss dramaturgical inquiry, such as why this play, in this place, at this time, and leave the workshop equipped to see any production with a more discerning eye.

Wednesday, February 12
4:00pm – 5:00pm: FREE WORKSHOP – Alexander Technique with Karen Braga (Acting Faculty, NYU Tisch)
5:00pm – 6:00pm: FREE WORKSHOP – Refining Your Monologue and Audition with Gabra Zackman (Actor, Sense & Sensibility at Bedlam, Audiobook Narrator of over 300 books)

Thursday, February 13
11:00am – 12:00pm: FREE WORKSHOP – Secrets of a Broadway Marketer with Elizabeth Kandel (Director of Marketing, Roundabout Theatre Company)
12:00pm – 1:00pm: FREE RESUME CLINIC – personalized feedback on artistic and administrative resumes with Erin Daley (Associate Artistic Director, Primary Stages) & Elizabeth Kandel (Director of Marketing, Roundabout Theatre Company)
2:00pm – 3:00pm: FREE WORKSHOP – Getting It Written with Adam Kraar (Writer, New World Rhapsody at MTC, Wild Terrain at EST)

See the full listing of events and RSVP: www.primarystages.org/espa/our-community/espafest

ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers.  For more information, call 212.840.9705 x220 or email espa@primarystages.org.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The Playwrights Group offers a Weekly Workshop, Script Consultations and Online One-on-One Classes.



The Playwrights Group offers a Weekly Workshop, Script Consultations and Online One-on-One Classes.

The Weekly Workshop

Here’s how it works: You bring in material — anywhere from a few pages to an entire script. It can be a full length, 10 minute play, webisode, musical, film, whatever. We divvy up the parts, read it and give you feedback. You get some ideas. You go back to work. Simple. 

Participating in a group is a great way to stay focused and motivated throughout the process of writing a play. And it sure doesn’t hurt to get some exposure to other writers and see how they approach the particular projects they’re working on. 

We’re a loose group. We have fun. And we love new faces. We have people who are just starting out, trying to get their first production; and people who have had quite a bit of success. And there’s always a nice mix of writers who have been members for years along with new folks. 

The best way to see if TPG is a good fit for you, a place where you’ll feel comfortable and able to thrive — is to sit in on a session and see if you like the vibe.
  • Thursdays 7 - 9:30pm
  • Midtown Manhattan Location
Contact us at scripts@theplaywrightsgroup.com to schedule a visit.

Script Consultations

If you’re not in the NYC area or if you can’t make it to the workshop but have a script you want feedback on, just send a PDF of your script and you’ll get the answers you’re looking for via email, phone or video conference. 

Online One-on-One Courses

If you’re looking for more, check out our One on One Online Playwriting Courses:
  • The Art of Playwriting
  • Write a Play in 10 Weeks
Contact us at scripts@theplaywrightsgroup.com or visit our website for further info at: 



Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Hunter College MFA Playwriting Program is accepting applications now


The Hunter College MFA Playwriting Program is accepting applications through January 15th! 

The program is a rigorous, very affordable two-year playwriting program and located in the heart of NYC.  We are looking for writers eager to develop their voices, solidify their craft, and challenge assumptions of what theater is and will become.

Students study with award-winning playwrights, working theater professionals, and esteemed guest artists. The program offers workshop opportunities and free or affordable tickets to a wide range of NYC productions. Teaching Assistantships and tuition waivers are available.

Current and recent faculty include: Adam Bock, Oliver Butler, Lisa D'Amour, Karen Hartman, Tina Satter, Maria Striar, and Anne Washburn. Visiting artists for Fall 2019 include: Clare Barron, Peter Brook, and Lauren Yee.

Friday, January 3, 2020

The Playwrights Group Weekly Workshop, Script Consultations and Online One-on-One Classes


The Playwrights Group offers a Weekly Workshop, Script Consultations and Online One-on-One Classes.

The Weekly Workshop

Here’s how it works: You bring in material — anywhere from a few pages to an entire script. It can be a full length, 10 minute play, webisode, musical, film, whatever. We divvy up the parts, read it and give you feedback. You get some ideas. You go back to work. Simple.

Participating in a group is a great way to stay focused and motivated throughout the process of writing a play. And it sure doesn’t hurt to get some exposure to other writers and see how they approach the particular projects they’re working on.

We’re a loose group. We have fun. And we love new faces. We have people who are just starting out, trying to get their first production; and people who have had quite a bit of success. And there’s always a nice mix of writers who have been members for years along with new folks.

The best way to see if TPG is a good fit for you, a place where you’ll feel comfortable and able to thrive — is to sit in on a session and see if you like the vibe.
  • Thursdays 7 - 9:30pm
  • Midtown Manhattan Location
Contact us at scripts@theplaywrightsgroup.com to schedule a visit.

Script Consultations

If you’re not in the NYC area or if you can’t make it to the workshop but have a script you want feedback on, just send a PDF of your script and you’ll get the answers you’re looking for via email, phone or video conference.

Online One-on-One Courses

If you’re looking for more, check out our One on One Online Playwriting Courses:
  • The Art of Playwriting
  • Write a Play in 10 Weeks
Contact us at scripts@theplaywrightsgroup.com or visit our website for further info at:

www.theplaywrightsgroup.com

UPCOMING WRITING WORKSHOPS: The Artistic Statement and The 1-Hour Spec Script at Primary Stages ESPA

Primary Stages ESPA has two workshops coming up in January! Whether your New Year's resolution is to get your work out there or to break into television writing, we’ve got the workshop for you. 

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

NEXT WEEKEND!
Saturday, January 11 and Sunday, January 12
11:00 am – 3:00pm

This 2-day workshop will help you conquer the overwhelming task of writing about yourself and your work.

This workshop might be for you if:
  • You are planning to apply to play development labs, summer conferences, MFA programs, grants, or fellowships that require an artistic statement. 
  • Your current artistic statement isn’t highlighting your unique voice and vital perspective. 
In this workshop you will:
  • Create a mock application essay prior to the start of the workshop as a jumping-off point. 
  • Complete writing exercises and participate in class discussion to learn how to make your statement—and your application as a whole—more competitive. 
  • Discuss practical tips on articulating how your work is special and relevant.

By the end of this workshop you will have:
  • A solid working draft of a compelling artistic statement. 
  • The know-how to mold and reshape your artistic statement to complement any application. 
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Instructor: Allison Robbins (TV and Screenwriting Faculty, NYU Film School and Tisch)

Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January 19
10:00am – 3:00pm

This 2-day workshop will focus on the core elements of writing a 1-hour dramatic series spec script—based on an existing series—from premise to outline to completed teleplay.

This workshop might be for you if you:
  • Want to learn the fundamentals of writing a 1-hour teleplay. 
  • Want to eventually write an original 1-hour drama pilot. 
  • Are ready to be challenged in a classroom environment that’s conducted like a professional TV series writing room.

In this workshop you will:
  • Learn how to analyze elements of a television series, including character resumes, storylines, escalating conflicts, stakes, and act breaks. 
  • Learn the craft of writing to those goals and outcomes. 
  • Pitch A and B storylines that are unique to your chosen series. 
  • Read outlines and scripts of existing series and be able to breakdown A, B, and C stories.

By the end of this workshop you will:
  • Understand the craft of escalating stakes, intruding conflict into scenes, building tension, earned behaviors, planting seeds, and payoffs. 
  • Have the tools to write your outline into a fully realized teleplay. 
  • Be approved for our 1-Hour Pilot Workshop

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.

Monday, December 16, 2019

MFA in Playwriting at Queens College-The City University of New York


The Queens College MFA Program in Playwriting is designed to provide playwrights with classes and performance opportunities that will prepare them for careers in New York and national theatre.

The program is housed within the English Department’s MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation, insuring that student playwrights will benefit from being part of an interdisciplinary community of writers working on poetry, prose, translation and creative nonfiction.

Our program is allied with Manhattan’s renowned and vibrant theatre INTAR, which provides professional staged readings of student plays, as does nearby Queens Theatre. Acting students from the college's Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance contribute their talents to our playwriting workshop classes.

Our program is both nurturing and rigorous, and we are committed to mentoring our students.

Playwrights who have visited QC in the recent past include: David Henry Hwang, Richard Dresser, John Guare, Kia Corthron, Lisa Kron and Doug Wright.

Applications for entry in fall 2020 will be accepted until February 15.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Spring Writing Classes at Primary Stages ESPA!

Spring 2020 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:

This class will guide you through the development of your first draft, providing concrete deadlines, constructive feedback, and a collaborative environment that will encourage you to get your ideas on the page.
Instructors:
Mêlisa Annis (Writer, Director, Dramaturg; Faculty, NYU Tisch)
Adam Kraar (Writer, New World Rhapsody at MTC)
Eddie Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages)
Crystal Skillman (Writer, Geek, Open, Mary and Max)

Instructors: 
Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River)
Suzanne Bradbeer (Writer, Confederates (Kilroys Honorable Mention))
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.

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. Shape your ideas, structure your plot, develop believable characters, and write witty dialogue.

Instructor: Mêlisa Annis (Writer, Director, and Dramaturg; Faculty, NYU Tisch)
Build a toolbox of the fundamentals, so your first play (and each play you write after that!) can be built on a strong foundation.

Instructor: Caridad Svich (Writer, 2012 OBIE Winner for Lifetime Achievement)
This online class will guide you through the development of your first draft, letting you get your ideas on the page from anywhere!

Instructor: Allison Robbins (TV/Screenwriting Faculty, NYU Film School and Tisch)
Focus on the core elements of writing a 1-hour dramatic series spec script—based on an existing series—from premise to outline to completed teleplay.

Instructor: Allison Robbins (TV/Screenwriting Faculty, NYU Film School and Tisch)
Focus on the core elements of writing an original 1-hour dramatic series pilot—from premise to outline to completed teleplay.

Instructor: Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River)
Conquer the overwhelming task of writing about yourself and your work.

Classes begin in January. 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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