By invitation only.
This class offers a select group of returning ESPA writers an even more rigorous curriculum than our First Draft and Rewrite classes. Over ten weeks, students write and rewrite their play, receive feedback, and participate in class discussion. Invitations for this class are sent to eligible students.
REGISTRATION AND SCHEDULE
Melissa Ross (Writer, Of Good Stock at MTC, Nice Girl at Labyrinth)
Mondays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
February 27, March 6, 20, 27, April 3, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15
Melissa will lead advanced writers in a playwright-focused fast first draft class, with the goal being that you end the class with a first draft ready for rewriting and have a plan for an independently organized table read of the full draft after the class is over. At the first class, you will decide as a group whether to bring in pages every week or every other week, and over the course of the ten weeks Melissa will assign outside reading tailored to your needs, giving plays that will inspire each writer. A writer of character-driven work, Melissa will provide a supportive but challenging environment, and push you to get through your first draft.
Rogelio Martinez (Writer, Wanamaker's Pursuit at Arden Theater Co.)
Tuesdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
February 28, March 7, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9
Each play is its own monster, so each requires a different weapon to slay it. Every week, students will bring in 10 pages to be read aloud in class. Using his extensive knowledge of plays, Rogelio will facilitate discussion that incorporates the specifics of the text and his general beliefs about writing. This class focuses on pages, so there will not be exercises incorporated in this format, though you will leave class with a great reading list of plays long forgotten and plays that will give you new insight into your own work. Rogelio firmly believes that, in everyone’s work, the answers are all there – all you need is someone to help you find them.
Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River Theatre Company)
Wednesdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17
Stefanie’s Advanced Playwriting class is run much like a professional playwriting workshop. You can come to class with a brand new idea or pull out an old draft you would like to approach with fresh eyes, ideally with some idea of what you’d like to explore or fix and knowing, of course, that everything may change. You will typically bring in 10-12 pages per class and work each session. Feedback and response to the work is from the group, but filtered through a series of prompts given by Stefanie. These are designed to make everyone adept at giving and receiving useful feedback to work that is in-process, always leaving room for the writer to solve the problems of their plays themselves, although writers will have the opportunity each week to ask as many questions of the group as they wish. Stefanie will encourage you to use the medium of theater to the fullest, while staying true to your own voice. She believes that all playwriting is political in so much as every act we take has some socio-political implications beyond just our lives and our families. To that end, she will ask you to claim the space just beyond the plot of your play and be aware of the larger context of your work. Stefanie writes character-driven plays that mix straightforward storytelling with poetic rhythms and fantastical story elements, addressing questions of identity, class, power, and loss through the lens of the quotidian: the extraordinary in the ordinary.
All classes take place at Primary Stages Studios at 307 West 38th Street in New York City. Get directions here.
Returning Students: $560
New Students: n/a
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