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Friday, May 18, 2018

Fundamentals of Playwriting 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.

Fundamentals of Playwriting
Instructor: Kara Lee Corthron (Writer, AliceGraceAnon at New Georges)
Thursdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
June 28, July 12, 19, 26, August 2

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! 
  • 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, May 10, 2018

Expand Your Short Play Portfolio at Primary Stages ESPA

Developing a strong portfolio of short plays is one of the fastest ways to become a produced or published playwright. In this 8-week class at Primary Stages ESPA, you’ll learn how to distill a compelling story into the shortest possible dramatic form, think outside of the box of structure, and have some fun.


Instructor: Adam Kraar (Writer, New World Rhapsody at MTC, Wild Terrain at EST)
Thursdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
June 21, 28, July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16


This class might be for you if you:
  • Are a playwright of any level who wants to explore the unique storytelling principles of the short form. 
  • Want to present your work-in-progress to a supportive community of writers.
In this class you will:
  • Bring a short play to each class and receive feedback from your fellow writers and Adam, working as if you are a part of one of the many coveted writers groups in NYC (think Ars Nova Playgroup, EST’s Youngblood, Primary Stages Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group, The Public’s EWG). 
  • Use that feedback to tackle rewrites, and bring back a second draft in the class to follow. 
  • Read and discuss assigned 10-minute plays (from Rachel Bonds to Beckett and David Ives to David Henry Hwang) to learn strategies for building a short play.
By the end of this class you will:
  • Be well on your way to compiling a portfolio of 3-4 submission-ready short plays. 
  • Have comprehensive research on different avenues of submitting these short plays. 
  • Take away the skills to craft surprising pieces of theater, regardless of length, that reflect something deeper about the world at large.


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 3, 2018

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 6: Section A with Winter Miller (Writer, In Darfur at The Public)
June 6: Section E with Liz Duffy Adams (Writer, Or, at Women’s Project)
June 18: Section C with Chisa Hutchinson (Writer, Somebody’s Daughter at Second Stage)
July 8: Section B 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.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Summer Writing Classes at Primary Stages ESPA!

Summer 2018 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:

Instructor: Kara Lee Corthron (Writer, AliceGraceAnon at New Georges)
If you’re just stepping into the world of playwriting, welcome!

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.
Winter Miller (Writer, In Darfur at The Public)
Eddie Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages)
Chisa Hutchinson (Writer, Somebody’s Daughter at Second Stage)
Michael Walkup (Producing Artistic Director, Page 73)
Liz Duffy Adams (Writer, Or, at Women’s Project)

Instructor: Crystal Skillman (Writer, Geek, Rain and Zoe Save the World)
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)
Learn to distill a compelling story into the shortest possible dramatic form, think outside of the box of structure, and have some fun.

Instructor: Morgan Jenness (Former Dramaturg and Associate Producer, The Public; Creative Director, In This Distracted Globe)
This 5-week crash course in dramaturgy will look at its basic history and theories, and the language of effective dramaturgical dialogue.

Instructor: Josh Koenigsberg (Writer, “Orange Is the New Black”)
This 3-day intensive is your opportunity to learn the structure and language of television writing, and gather the tools to develop an idea of your own into a pilot.

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

Instructor: Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River Theatre Company)
This 2-day workshop will help you conquer the overwhelming task of writing about yourself and your work.

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.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

PLAYWRIGHTS' LAB ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Our Playwrights Lab. consists of an exciting group of playwrights who meet for 3 hours a week, Mondays, 7- 10 p.m., to listen to professional actors read their plays. After the readings, there is constructive discussion about how well the play is working, and serving the objective of the playwright.
These are not cold readings; PULSE PROVIDES THE ACTORS FOR THE SCENES, AND GETS SCRIPTS TO THE ACTORS, SO THAT THEY CAN READ THE SCRIPTS BEFORE THE WORKSHOP MEETS.

The group is currently under the leadership of nationally and internationally produced director and playwright Alexa Kelly, with additional input from guest dramaturgs, directors and producers. It is supervised by Brian Richardson. ALL PLAYWRIGHTS INVOLVED ARE EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN DISCUSSION ABOUT ALL THE WORKS BEING READ, NOT ONLY
THEIR OWN PLAYS.

The group is small.

One of the distinguishing features of our Lab, is that the playwrights receive FULL READINGS OF THEIR WORK, AS NEEDED in the workshops environment, until it is deemed ready for a full public audience. They are thus able to re-write and hear their changes as often as they wish!

A unique and most valuable opportunity and learning experience for the development of the plays!

The Playwrights, under the leadership of Ms. Kelly continue working on the script until they feel IT IS READY for a public viewing. When the play is deemed ready, it is presented in a full public staged reading.

Pulse casts the play, provides the director, and provides the presentation venue.

We select certain scripts from the Lab. for further development, i.e., workshop productions, and then to full production, e.g. CHAOS THEORY, by Anuvab Pal.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A BEGINNING LEVEL CLASS.

The Playwright must have a work in progress, and be willing to continue working on the script; this is not a workshop for people who consider that their work is already completed.

THERE IS A NOMINAL FEE, PAYABLE MONTHLYIN ADVANCE. THIS FEE INCLUDES THE SPACE, THE CASTING, THE ACTORS AND THE FEEDBACK FOR ALL THE READINGS.
"OF COURSE, YOU NEVER FORGET YOUR FIRST NEW YORK PRODUCTION, AND THAT WAS IN A SMALL OFF-OFF-BROADWAY THEATRE, THEN AND NOW HELMED BY THIS EXCEPTIONAL THEATRE ARTIST, ALEXA KELLY. ... THOSE KIND OF THEATRES ARE THE HEARTBEAT FOR YOUNG WRITERS, AND I'LL NEVER FORGET THE LOVE THAT THEATRE GAVE ME." 
~ GARY GARRISON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CREATIVE
AFFAIRS FOR THE DRAMATISTS GUILD OF AMERICA, NEW YORK.

PLAYWRIGHTS ARE ADMITTED INTO THE GROUP BASED UPON THEIR WRITING SKILLS AND ENTHUSIASM FOR THE PROCESS.

It is the playwright's responsibility to meet the deadlines as set up by Pulse.

TO APPLY, PLEASE SUBMIT A SCENE FROM YOUR WORK IN PROGRESS. PLEASE SEND A 20 - 30 PAGE SAMPLE ", including the title page, the cast breakdown and your bio to:

ATT. PLAYWRIGHTS' LAB." ALSO PLEASE COMPLETE the APPLICATION FORM, and please SUBMIT it with your scene Attn.:

PLAYWRIGHTS' LAB.,
PULSE ENSEMBLE THEATRE,
P.O.BOX 2281, NEW YORK, NY
10108

WE WILL ALSO ACCEPT EMAIL SUBMISSIONS, TO
PLAYWRIGHTSLAB@PULSEENSEMBLETHEATRE.ORG

THANK YOU.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Business of Theater Workshop

No matter your role in a production, it is vital that you know who the players are in any theater company. Learn who's who, what they do, and how decisions are made in both commercial and nonprofit institutions - which could be the difference between getting hired back or not.

Instructor: Dean Carpenter (General Manager, Primary Stages)
Saturday, April 21 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm

If you want to be as knowledgeable as possible about the structure of American theaters as you move forward in your career, this workshop is for you.

In this workshop you will:
---Discuss the different roles and departments within any theater company.
---Delve into what each person within a theater company does and what all of the job titles really mean.
---Discuss the differences between commercial and nonprofit companies, both in terms of structure and how decisions are made.

By the end of this workshop, you will have a better understanding of what makes up a theater company and be able to represent yourself professionally to anyone at any theater, armed with knowledge about the business.


Easy and convenient payment plans are available to break up tuition. Primary Stages ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Seeing Between the Lines: The Dramaturg’s Perspective

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. By the end of this workshop, you will be equipped to see any production with a more discerning eye and able to bring dramaturgy into your work as a writer, actor, or director.

Instructor: Ken Cerniglia (Literary Manager and Dramaturg, Disney Theatrical Group)
Thursday, April 19 from 6:30pm – 9:30pm

In this workshop you will:
---Watch a performance of Feeding the Dragon by Sharon Washington. (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.

About Feeding the Dragon by Sharon Washington:
Award-winning actress Sharon Washington returns to Primary Stages to share a uniquely personal story. As both playwright and star of this autobiographical solo piece, Sharon revisits her time growing up in an apartment on the top floor inside the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian.


Easy and convenient payment plans are available to break up tuition. Primary Stages ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

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