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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.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

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 10-week class at Primary Stages ESPA will guide you through the development of your first draft.

Faculty and Start Dates
September 16: Section A with Eddie Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages)
September 20: Section C with Suzanne Bradbeer (Writer, Confederates, Pulitzer-nominated The God Game)
September 26: Section E with Winter Miller (Writer, In Darfur at The Public)

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, July 30, 2018

Fall Writing Classes at Primary Stages ESPA!

Fall 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.

Instructors:
Eddie Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages)
Michael Walkup (Producing Artistic Director, Page 73)
Suzanne Bradbeer (Writer, Confederates, Pulitzer-nominated The God Game)
Abe Koogler (Writer, Obie-Winning Fulfillment Center at MTC, Kill Floor at LCT3)
Adam Kraar (Writer, New World Rhapsody at MTC, Wild Terrain at EST)
Winter Miller (Writer, In Darfur at The Public)

Instructor: Crystal Skillman (Writer, Geek, Rain and Zoe Save the World)
Tackle the revision process and develop a stronger version of your play.

Instructor: Kara Lee Corthron (Writer, AliceGraceAnon at New Georges)
This class is for those with complete drafts who are ready to hear the play in full and embark on strategic rewrites.

Instructor: Robert Askins (Hand to God on Broadway, EST, and MCC; Permission at MCC)
If you're angry, disappointed, almost livid, let's talk about how you can yell at the world through the megaphone of the stage.

In this 2-day writing workshop, you will dig into your play, ask it new questions, and emerge with a clear vision for rewrites.
Instructor: Melissa Ross (Writer, Of Good Stock at MTC, Nice Girl at Labyrinth)

Instructor: Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River Theatre Company)
Does your play say what you think it’s saying? Spend this 2-day workshop breaking open your play and tuning your sense of how a play “lands” on its ear.

Classes begin in September. 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.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Primary Stages: Find Your First Draft this Summer

In this 2-day intensive writing workshop, you will begin and make substantial progress on a brand-new play.

Instructor: Abe Koogler (Obie-winning Writer, Fulfillment Center at MTC, Kill Floor at LCT3)
Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15
11:00am – 3:00pm both days

This class will use an intuitive approach to dramatic structure, inspiring an organic writing process that bypasses the critical brain. Using a combination of in-class exercises, concentrated bursts of writing, and brief feedback sessions, you will leave the workshop with several scenes of a new play, and momentum to continue. The atmosphere will be warm and supportive, and both first-time and more experienced writers are welcome.


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, June 6, 2018

Artistic Statement Workshop at Primary Stages

The Artistic Statement is a deeply dreaded, but required, field of most playwright development opportunities. This 2-day workshop will help you conquer the overwhelming task of writing about yourself and your work.


Instructor: Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River Theatre Company)
Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24 11:00am – 3:00pm


This workshop might be for you if:

  • You are applying or planning to apply to play development labs, 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.
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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