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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.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

June Workshops: A Play in 2 Days and Television Writing at Primary Stages ESPA



Instructor: Julian Sheppard (Writer, Los Angeles at The Flea Theater (dir. Adam Rapp), Drama Desk-nominated Buicks

Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23
10:00am – 5:00pm both days

This 2-day writing extravaganza is designed to push you to write an inspired first draft in 48 hours. Sounds crazy, right? But it can be done!

This class might be for you if you:
  • You're a playwright with a seed of an idea that you'd like to explore in a fun, intensive situation.
  • You've got an open mind and you're the kind of crazy person who wants to attempt to write a play in 48 hours!

In this class you will:
  • Use your intuition and liberate yourself from the trap of overthinking.
  • Be given exercises by email in the week leading up to the course in order to start planting seeds.
  • Dive into exercises that will shake up tired assumptions about how to create.

By the end of this class you will:

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Instructor: Kara Lee Corthron (Writer, "You" on Netflix, AliceGraceAnon at New Georges)

Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30
11:00am – 4:00pm both days

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 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.

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.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Write Your Next First Draft this Summer 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
June 16: Section B with Eddie Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages)
June 19: Section C with Lisa Ramirez (Writer, To the Bone at Cherry Lane Theatre)
July 8: Section E with Nikkole Salter (Obie-winning Writer, In the Continuum at Primary Stages and international tour)

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.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Summer Writing Classes at Primary Stages ESPA!

Summer 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:
Lisa Ramirez (Writer, To the Bone at Cherry Lane Theatre)
Nikkole Salter (Obie-winning Writer, In the Continuum at Primary Stages and international tour)
Eddie Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages)
Crystal Skillman (Writer, Geek, Rain and Zoe Save the World)
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: Adam Kraar (Writer, New World Rhapsody at MTC, Wild Terrain at EST)
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 and think outside of the box of structure.

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

Instructor: Kara Lee Corthron (Writer, "You" on Netflix, AliceGraceAnon at New Georges)
This 2-day workshop is your opportunity to learn the structure and language of television writing so you can work to join the ranks of distinguished playwrights-turned-television writers.

Instructor: Julian Sheppard (Writer, Los Angeles at The Flea Theater (dir. Adam Rapp), Drama Desk-nominated Buicks)
This 2-day writing extravaganza is designed to push you to write an inspired first draft in 48 hours. Sounds crazy, right? But it can be done!

Instructor: Melissa Ross (Writer, Of Good Stock at MTC, Nice Girl at Labyrinth)
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.

Classes begin in June. 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, January 10, 2019

Write Your Next First Draft this Spring 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 10-week class at Primary Stages ESPA will guide you through the development of your first draft.

Faculty and Start Dates
February 20: Section F with Suzanne Bradbeer (Writer, Confederates, Pulitzer-nominated The God Game)
February 24: Section D with Eddie Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages)

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.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Seeing Between the Lines Dramaturgy Workshop

The dramaturg's job is to read between the lines and enhance a script with specificity and accuracy. This 1-night workshop will teach you to watch and read a play from the perspective of a dramaturg.

Instructor: Ken Cerniglia (Dramaturg and Literary Manager, Disney Theatrical Group)
Wednesday, February 6
6:30pm – 9:30pm

This workshop might be for you if:
  • You would like the ability to translate what you see on stage to your own work. 
  • You are a theater artist seeking to refine your analytical skills when talking about live theater. 
  • You are a theater lover who would like a new perspective on what you see.
In this workshop you will:
  • Watch a performance of the Primary Stages production of God Said This by Leah Nanako Winkler prior to the class date. (Tickets will be provided at no additional cost.) 
  • Meet with your class after viewing the production. Ken will facilitate a class discussion about the production, exploring the questions of why this play, in this place, at this time. 
  • Discuss what it means to be a dramaturg, what dramaturgical inquiry is, and how you can incorporate dramaturgical practice into your work no matter your role in a production. 
By the end of this workshop you will:
  • Have a better understanding of the role of a dramaturg and dramaturgy in any play. 
  • Be able to bring dramaturgy into your work as a writer, actor, or director. 
  • Be equipped to see any production with a more discerning eye. 
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, November 1, 2018

PRIMARY STAGES WORKSHOP: GETTING TO THE REWRITE

Completing a draft is a huge accomplishment, but shifting your point of view from writing to rewriting can be disorienting and murky.

Instructor: Melissa Ross (Writer, Of Good Stock at MTC, Nice Girl at Labyrinth)

Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2
1:00pm – 6:00pm

This class might be for you if you:
  • Have a draft of a play that you are ready to begin the revision process on, but need to get organized before embarking on rewrites. 
  • Need some inspiration to jumpstart the rewriting process.
In this class you will:
  • Bring in a draft of a play that you are revising or would like to start revising. 
  • Interrogate your play by diving into writing exercises geared toward rewriting, which you will apply to your play. 
  • Share your work along the way, so you can hear and reflect on the drafts of your scenes as you go. 
  • Have a one-on-one consultation with Melissa on the second day of the workshop to ensure you have a clear picture of what you want your play to be.
By the end of this class you will:
  • Have a focused idea of where your play is headed and clear agenda for your revision process. 
  • Be ready to join our Rewriting Your Draft class and start the process of revising your play! 
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, October 11, 2018

Writing Poetic, Political Plays at Primary Stages ESPA

Does your play say what you think it’s saying? How do you know if it doesn’t? Through a series of guided exercises and discussion, spend this 2-day workshop breaking open your play and tuning your sense of how a play “lands” on its ear.

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

November 10 & 11 from 11:00am – 3:00pm

This class might be for you if you:
  • Have a play (or an idea for a play) that you want to explore with the idea of resonance in mind. 
  • Want to create work that is theatrical, impactful, ecstatic, poetic, and/or political.
In this class you will:
  • Take a piece of your writing and break it open. 
  • Complete writing exercises to help you discover what your play is saying and who its audience is. 
  • Engage in class discussion with Stefanie about what makes a play resonate.

By the end of this class you will:
  • Have some easy tools to break open your work. 
  • Feel that you can write fearlessly and leave your mark.
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, September 19, 2018

Seeing Between the Lines at Primary Stages ESPA

The dramaturg’s job is to read between the lines and enhance a script with specificity and accuracy. This workshop will teach you to watch and read a play from the perspective of a dramaturg and see what you’ve been missing. With your eyes opened, you’ll be able to incorporate dramaturgical practice into your work as a writer.

Instructor: Ken Cerniglia (Dramaturg and Literary Manager, Disney Theatrical Group)

Tuesday, October 9
6:30pm – 9:30pm

This class might be for you if you:
  • Would like the ability to translate what you see on stage to your own work.
In this class you will:
  • Watch a performance of the Primary Stages production of Final Follies by A.R. Gurney prior to the class date. (Tickets will be provided for students at no additional cost.) 
  • Meet with your class after viewing the production. Your instructor will facilitate a class discussion about the production, exploring the questions of why this play, in this place, at this time. 
  • Discuss what it means to be a dramaturg, what dramaturgical inquiry is, and how you can incorporate dramaturgical practice into your work no matter your role in a production.
By the end of this class you will:
  • Have a better understanding of the role of a dramaturg and be able to bring dramaturgy into your work as a writer.
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 29, 2018

Rage Structure with Rob Askins at Primary Stages ESPA

So you want to write a play. Is it going to be sweet? Pretty? Urbane? If so, take another class. During this 2-day workshop with Robert Askins, Tony Award-nominated author of Broadway’s deliciously devilish Hand to God, we’re going to explore our rage.

Instructor: Robert Askins (Hand to God on Broadway, EST, and MCC; Permission at MCC)
Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23
12:00pm – 3:00pm both days

This class might be for you if you:
  • Are angry, disappointed, almost livid. 
  • Love works like Blasted, Look Back in Anger, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 
In this class you will:
  • Talk about how you can yell at the world through the megaphone of the stage. 
  • Investigate the relationship between raw energy and formal restraint, harnessing the two for more electrifying and dynamic writing. 
  • Delve into exercises and discussion to find the balance between fury and discipline.

By the end of this class you will:
  • Understand how to channel your rage and passion into powerful theater that lights the audience ablaze.

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, August 23, 2018

The Second Draft at Primary Stages ESPA

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: Kara Lee Corthron (Writer, AliceGraceAnon at New Georges)
Mondays from 6:00pm – 10:00pm
September 17, 24, October 1, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, 26

This class might be for you if:
  • You have a complete draft of a play, and are ready to hear it in full and embark on strategic rewrites. 
  • You are able to evaluate the current state of your play and the feasibility of attaining your goals in the application process for this class (more info below).

In this class you will:
  • Have the opportunity to hear your draft read aloud in its entirety twice by a company of actors. 
  • Hear your draft read in the first half of the semester and be given three weeks to revise your draft before the second reading, guided by feedback from the instructor and your fellow writers. 
  • Be allotted two hours of class time for each reading and feedback session. 
  • Be able to invite friends and family to the second reading to provide additional feedback via a questionnaire of your design.

By the end of this class you will:
  • Have a deeper understanding of what your play wants to be and specific next steps for additional revisions.
By application only. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Apply now: https://primarystages.org/espa/writing/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.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Get Started as a Playwright at Primary Stages ESPA

If you’re just stepping into the world of playwriting, welcome! In this 5-week class at Primary Stages ESPA, Kara Lee Corthron will help you 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: Kara Lee Corthron (Writer, AliceGraceAnon at New Georges)
Thursdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
September 20, 27, October 4, 18, 25

This class might be for you if you are:
  • 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!
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.

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