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Monday, December 2, 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.

Friday, October 18, 2019

UPCOMING WRITING WORKSHOPS: Strengthening Your Process and Finding Your First Draft Workshops at Primary Stages ESPA

Primary Stages ESPA has two new workshops coming up! Whether you’re working on a new play or just need a weekend dedicated to your craft, we’ve got the new workshop for you. 

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

NEXT WEEKEND!
Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27
12:00 – 5:00pm 

In any work, you’re at your most clear when you can drive your own process to strengthen your craft and deepen your story. Playwright Crystal Skillman will share her personal writing process for structure and drama, helping you figure out how to strengthen your writing while keeping true to your voice. 

This workshop might be for you if you:
  • Want to better guide your own writing process and analyze your craft regardless of content. 
  • Are looking to better understand playwriting as a craft and how to harness your voice.
In this workshop:
  • Through a series of in-class exercises and discussions, deepen how you guide your own journey while writing and how to better dissect feedback. 
  • Explore how the elements of drama work in your writing. 
  • Discover dynamic theatrical ways to strengthen the message of any story you write, why you’re telling it, and how to relate it to the world today. 
  • Do probing exercises on day 1 to generate new ideas and pick one of these ideas to explore in depth. 
  • On day 2, apply your new idea to exercises including cause and effect, the relationship between language and action, and strengthening your dramatic question.
You’ll leave this workshop with: 
  • An understanding of how to lead your own process, and the ability to strengthen your beats, analyze scenes for their strengths, harness dramatic action, and discover why you are writing – for this and any play you work on.
Instructor: Abe Koogler (Obie-winning Writer, Fulfillment Center at MTC)

Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8
11:00am – 3:00pm 

Sometimes the hardest part of writing a new play is simply starting it. In this 2-day intensive, you will begin and make substantial progress on a brand-new play.

This workshop might be for you if you:
  • Have an idea that you would like to explore in an open and welcoming environment.
  • Want to start a new play, but feel stuck.
In this workshop you will:
  • Use an intuitive approach to dramatic structure, inspiring an organic writing process that bypasses the critical brain.
  • Start and work on your new play using a combination of in-class exercises, concentrated bursts of writing, and feedback sessions.
By the end of this workshop you will have:
  • Several scenes of a new play and the momentum to continue.
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.

Friday, September 6, 2019

NEW CLASSES ADDED BY POPULAR DEMAND: The First Draft and Strengthening Your Process Workshop at Primary Stages ESPA

Primary Stages ESPA has added some new classes for the Fall semester! Whether you’re working on a new play or just need a weekend dedicated to your craft, we’ve got the new class for you. See below for details about our added section of The First Draft with Tasha Gordon-Solmon, and our new workshop, Strengthening Your Process while Keeping Your Voice with Crystal Skillman. Or if you’d like to get to know us better, come to our FREE Mixer and Workshops next week!

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

Tuesdays 6:30 - 9:30pm
September 17, October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, 26, December 3, 10

Tasha aims to create a fun, safe, and productive space where you can get the feedback you need to create the best version of the play you want to write. The class is structured as a workshop, where the majority of time will be spent reading work aloud and discussing it. Tasha will guide the discussion and tailor her notes to your style and goals. She'll also use those feedback sessions as a jumping off point to discuss larger playwriting concepts that can be applied to everyone's work.

In the first class, Tasha will lead you through a comprehensive series of exercises to help you begin a play or clarify your vision for a play you have already begun. For the first half of the semester, you will bring pages every week (about 5-10), and for the second half of the semester, you'll be able to bring in longer sections (about 15-20 pages) every other week. She will also give exercises intermittently based on the work happening in class. There is flexibility depending on where you are at, and you'll check in with Tasha about your individual goals throughout the semester. By the end of the class you'll have most—if not all—of a new play, along with a toolbox of writing techniques and exercises to apply to your work in the future.

Tasha writes plays that are theatrical, language-driven, and darkly comedic. She is obsessed with form, and a lot of the class exercises will focus on exploring different theatrical tools and styles. All voices and writing styles are welcome and encouraged!

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

Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27
12:00 – 5:00pm both days

In writing any work, you’re at your best and most clear when you can drive your own process to strengthen your craft and deepen your story. In this 2-day workshop, playwright Crystal Skillman will share her personal writing process for structure and drama, helping you figure out how to strengthen the nuts and bolts of your writing while keeping true to your own voice. 

This workshop might be for you if you are:
  • An emerging or established playwright who wants to better guide their own writing process and be able to analyze their craft regardless of content.
  • A new writer looking to better understand playwriting as a craft and how to harness your own voice in your writing.
In this workshop you will:
  • Through a series of in-class exercises and discussions, deepen how you guide your own journey while writing and how to better dissect feedback.
  • Mindfully explore how the elements of drama work in your writing and how to use and incorporate that in every story.
  • Discover dynamic theatrical ways to strengthen the message of any story you write, why you’re telling it, and how to relate it to the world today. Your story has a function – writing the story isn’t enough.
  • Do probing exercises on day 1 to generate new ideas. You’ll then pick one of these ideas to explore in depth the next day.
  • On day 2, apply your new idea to exercises including cause and effect, the relationship between language and action, two-person scenes, and strengthening your dramatic question.
By the end of this workshop you will have: 
  • An understanding of how to lead your own process to best discover and serve your story.
  • The ability to strengthen your beats, analyze scenes for their strengths, harness dramatic action, and discover why you are writing – for this and any play you work on.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Write Your Next First Draft this Fall at Primary Stages ESPA

Whether you're writing your first play or your hundredth, it's not always easy to set the creative wheels in motion. This 8-week class at Primary Stages ESPA will guide you through the development of your first draft.

Faculty and Start Dates
September 22: Section A with Eddie Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages)
September 24: Section B with Adam Kraar (Writer, New World Rhapsody at MTC, Wild Terrain at EST)
September 25: Section C with Michael Walkup (Producing Artistic Director, Page 73)
October 2: Section D with Winter Miller (Writer, In Darfur at The Public Theater, No One Is Forgotten at Rattlestick)
October 7: Section E with Melisa Annis (Writer, Director, and Dramaturg; Faculty, NYU Tisch Dramatic Writing Program)

This class might be for you if you:
  • Are a playwright of any level looking to start the first draft of your new play.
  • Are starting out in the world of playwriting or want to write your first play.
  • Want concrete deadlines and constructive feedback to encourage you to get your ideas on the page.
In this class you will:
  • Bring in new pages to hear them read aloud in class.
  • Strengthen your writing skills with exercises and assignments from your instructor. 
  • Engage in discussion with fellow writers, making connections with your artistic peers.

By the end of this class you will:
  • Have a solid start on—or even complete!—a first draft of a full-length play.
  • Be ready for our Completing Your Draft class!
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.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Overcoming Writer’s Block Workshop NEXT WEEKEND at Primary Stages ESPA

Whether you're in the middle of a play, making revisions on a completed draft, or starting something brand new, sometimes it's unavoidable – you just get stuck. In this 2-day workshop, figure out ways to banish writer's block and regain your momentum.

Instructor: Melissa Ross (Writer, Of Good Stock at MTC, Nice Girl at Labyrinth)
Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18
1:00pm – 6:00pm both days

This workshop might be for you if:
  • You're a playwright of any level that wants tools to combat writer’s block.
  • You’re new to writing and want to figure out ways to put your ideas on the page.

In this workshop you will:
  • Normalize writer’s block, talking about why it happens and how to escape the trap of overthinking.
  • Immerse yourself in writing exercises on the first day to access new ideas and get yourself out of your own head.
  • On day 2, take those ideas and write – creating new work or making forward motion on a piece you have with a new point of view.

By the end of this class you will:
  • Have tools and exercises to generate ideas and combat writer’s block when it happens.
  • Be ready to work on your First Draft with us in the Fall!
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.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Fall Writing Classes at Primary Stages ESPA!

Fall 2019 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, and Dramaturg; Faculty, NYU Tisch Dramatic Writing Program)
Adam Kraar (Writer, New World Rhapsody at MTC, Wild Terrain at EST)
Winter Miller (Writer, In Darfur at The Public Theater, No One Is Forgotten at Rattlestick)
Eddie Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages)
Michael Walkup (Producing Artistic Director, Page 73)

Instructor: Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River Theatre Company)
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: Crystal Skillman (Writer, Geek, Pulp Vérité, Mary and Max)
The final magic ingredient for any play in development is hearing it aloud and putting it in front of an audience. This rigorous class is for those with complete drafts who are ready to hear their play in full and embark on strategic rewrites.

Instructor: Kate Moira Ryan (Writer (with Judy Gold), 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother and The Judy Show at DR2 Theatre)
In this class, you will 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: Allison Robbins (TV and Screenwriting Faculty, NYU Film School and Tisch)
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.

Instructor: Abe Koogler (Obie-winning Writer, Fulfillment Center at MTC, Kill Floor at LCT3)
In this 2-day intensive writing workshop, you will begin and make substantial progress on a brand-new play. This class will use an intuitive approach to dramatic structure, inspiring an organic writing process that bypasses the critical brain.

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.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Newly Added Television Writing Workshop this Summer at Primary Stages ESPA

Writing for television has the potential to be not only artistically satisfying, but lucrative as well—just ask Aaron Sorkin from "The Newsroom", Sarah Treem from "The Affair", or Joshua Allen from "Empire". This 2-day workshop at Primary Stages ESPA is your opportunity to learn the structure and language of television writing so you can work to join the ranks of these distinguished playwrights-turned-television writers.
Instructor: Jonathan Caren (Writer, "The Sinner" Season 3 for USA, "A Million Little Things" for ABC, "Rise" for NBC, and "Gypsy" for Netflix)
Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21
11:00am – 4:00pm both days

This class might be for you if you:
  • Are a playwright who wants the tools to transition from stage to screen.
  • Need a stronger grasp of the components of this form and want to start writing.

In this class you will:
  • Discuss the elements of a television script, particularly focusing on structure, form, and language.
  • Do exercises to understand the form and put these elements into practice.
  • Bring in a basic pilot idea that you would like to explore within class, addressing character, story arc, structure, and what a pilot would look like and need to include.

By the end of this class you will:
  • Have a broad understanding of the components of television writing.
  • Be able to use these tools to develop an idea of your own into a pilot.
  • Be ready to write in our full-length Television Writing class!

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.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Fundamentals of Playwriting this Summer at Primary Stages ESPA

Ready to go back to the basics? In this 5-week class at Primary Stages ESPA, playwright, director, and dramaturg Mêlisa Annis will help you build a toolbox of the fundamentals, so your play can be built on a strong foundation.

Instructor: Mêlisa Annis
Wednesdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
June 26, July 10, 17, 24, 31

This class might be for you if you:
  • A budding playwright who wants to get down to basics.
  • A theater artist boldly crossing the line from one discipline to another and ready to start writing!
  • A novelist or poet searching for a new form.
In this class you will:
  • Build a toolbox of the fundamentals, including discussions of structure, character, and dialogue.
  • Complete writing exercises to gain an understanding of the form and generate ideas for material.
  • Start to write your own play by the end of the semester.

By the end of this class you will:
  • Have a strong grasp on writing for the stage, armed with the confidence you need to declare yourself a playwright and get to work on your script.
  • Be ready for The First Draft!
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.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

New Classes Added this Summer at Primary Stages ESPA

We are so excited to add TWO new sections of classes at Primary Stages ESPA this Summer: First Draft with Crystal Skillman and Rewriting Your Draft with Stefanie Zadravec.

Instructor: Crystal Skillman (Writer, Open (playing now!), Geek, Rain and Zoe Save the World)
Wednesdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
June 19, 26, July 10, 24, 31, August 7, 14, 21

This 8-week class at Primary Stages ESPA will guide you through the development of your first draft. Crystal's section 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.

This class might be for you if you:
  • Are a playwright of any level looking to start the first draft of your new play. 
  • Are starting out in the world of playwriting or want to write your first play. 
  • Want concrete deadlines and constructive feedback to encourage you to get your ideas on the page.
In this class you will:
  • Bring in new pages to hear them read aloud in class. 
  • Strengthen your writing skills with exercises and assignments from your instructor. 
  • Engage in discussion with fellow writers, making connections with your artistic peers.
By the end of this class you will:
  • Have a solid start on—or even complete!—a first draft of a full-length play. 
  • Be ready for our Completing Your Draft class!

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Instructor: Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River Theatre Company)
Mondays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
June 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 29, August 5, 1

As soon as you finish your last line of dialogue, the need for rewrites begins. This 8-week class will help you tackle the revision process and develop a stronger version of your play.

This class might be for you if you:
  • Have a fully completed draft of a full-length play and you are ready to begin rewrites. (If you are unsure if your play fits the parameters of this class, please contact us!)
  • Want to be challenged in a classroom environment that is run like a professional playwriting workshop.
  • Are a new or returning Primary Stages ESPA writer.
In this class you will:
  • Start by articulating and addressing your goals for this new draft. 
  • Present longer chunks of text (20-30 pages) every other week. 
  • Receive feedback and response to your work from the group, filtered through a series of prompts given by Stefanie. 
  • Complete writing exercises to inspire you to ask new questions of your play, look at it from various angles, and deconstruct it.
By the end of this class you will:
  • Have a stronger draft of your play. 
  • Be adept at giving and receiving useful feedback to work that is in-process. 
  • Have the tools you need to transform any first draft into a more streamlined, compelling work that’s ready to be heard. 
  • Be ready to apply for The Second Draft.


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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