WTP offers classes, writers’ workshops, seminars, and new development panels to promote playwright education and community engagement, led by nationally-known theatre artists.

Past teaching artists have included Justin Anderson, Carlyn Aquiline, Freddie Ashley, Tearrance Chisholm, Reginald Edmund, Erik Ehn, Lauren Gunderson,  Edith Freni, Patricia Henritze, Jamil Jude, Celise Kalke, Hank Kimmel, Vynnie Meli, Carlos Murillo, Topher Payne, Dr. Angela Farr Schiller, Rebekah Suellau, Pamela Turner and Mark Valdez.

UPCOMING 2019 Master Classes:

REGISTER NOW for Articulating Your point of view with NYC Special guest kimberly senior by emailing managing@workingtitleplaywrights.com

DEC 7 & 8; 1-4PM: Articulating Your Point Of View with NYC special guest Kimberly Senior

Class Description: Much of being an artist depends breathing life into a play by imbuing it with your unique perspective, and the ability to convey the story you’re attempting to tell. In this class you will explore the myriad of ways directors and dramaturgs can work together in bringing new work to the stage.  You will be sent a short story ahead of time which we will use for a number of exercises aimed towards adaptation. The class will be made up of hands-on, up-on-your-feet, in-class exercises to dissect the source material and tell the story.

Kimberly Senior is a freelance director and the director of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize winning play Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar. Kimberly made her HBO debut with Chris Gethard: Career Suicide, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Kimberly was awarded the prestigious Alan Schneider Award at the 2016 TCG Conference. She is also a 2013 Finalist for the SDCF Joe A. Callaway Award. She is the recipient of the 2016 Special Non-Equity Jeff Award for her Chicago career achievements as a trail blazer, champion and role model for emerging artists. Kimberly also received the Primary Stages Einhorn Award for her outstanding mentorship in the NY community in 2018.

In Chicago, Kimberly is a member of the Goodman Theatre’s Artistic Collective, where she also serves as Associate Artist.  She is a Resident Director at Writers Theatre and an Associate Artist at TimeLine Theatre. Her work has received multiple Joseph Jefferson nominations. Kimberly founded Collaboraction Theatre Company in 1997, spent ten years as an associate artist at Strawdog Theater, eight years as an associate artist at Chicago Dramatists, and six years as an associate artist at the much beloved Next Theatre.

As an educator, Kimberly spent ten years as both an administrator and Resident Artist with Steppenwolf for Young Adults. In addition, Kimberly either ran programs or taught for Court Theater, Northlight Theater, Redmoon Theater, Roadworks Productions, Victory Gardens, Metropolis, Act One Studios, and Acting Studio Chicago. She served as adjunct faculty at Columbia College where she teaches Chekhov, Dramaturgy and Text Analysis. Kimberly has also taught numerous classes at DePaul University and University of Chicago. She is the recipient of Columbia College’s 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award. Kimberly has served as Program Director and as a dramaturg for Steppenwolf’s First Look Repertory of New Work and continues to develop new plays with the Ojai Playwrights Conference, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Play Penn, among others.

New York Credits: Disgraced (Broadway); Chris Gethard: Career Suicide (Judd Apatow presents); The Niceties (Manhattan Theatre Club); Sakina’s Restaurant (Audible); The Who and The What, and Disgraced (Lincoln Center Theater 3); Engagements (Second Stage); Discord (Primary Stages). Regional Credits: The Niceties (Huntington Theatre Company, McCarter Theatre Center, Geffen Playhouse); Photograph 51 (South Coast Rep); Support Group for MenDisgraced, and Rapture, Blister, Burn (Goodman Theatre); Sheltered (Alliance Theatre); Buried ChildThe SceneMarjorie PrimeDiary of Anne FrankHedda Gabler, and The Letters (Writers Theatre); Other Than Honorable (Geva); Sex with Strangers (The Geffen Playhouse); Disgraced (Mark Taper Forum, Berkley Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre); The Who and The What (La Jolla Playhouse); Little Gem (City Theatre)Discord4000 Miles, and The Whipping Man (Northlight Theatre); Want, and The North Plan (Steppenwolf); InanaMy Name is Asher LevAll My Sons, and Dolly West’s Kitchen (TimeLine Theatre); among others.  Film/TV: Chris Gethard: Career Suicide (HBO); Upcoming:  Bella Bella (Manhattan Theatre Club); Sweat and Our Daughters, Like Pillars (Huntington.)

LOCATION: The New Synchronicity Annex

COST: $100 Members/$175 for non-members

Please RSVP to managing@workingtitleplaywrights.com to reserve your seat. Students will be expected to purchase their seat in order to RSVP for the class. This class is limited to 18 participants.

WTP is an inclusive organization. If you have need for financial assistance, please do contact M/AD Amber Bradshaw at managing@workingtitleplaywrights.com

PAST Master Classes

OCT 5 & 6, 2019: A Grain Of Salt: Making Workshops Work For You with Rebekah Suellau

Class Description: Feedback is crucial for any writer, but it’s especially important in the deeply collaborative medium of playwriting. No matter how well we know this, we can still get overwhelmed, confused, distracted and disheartened in the process of receiving criticism. In this workshop, we will explore and practice a range of strategies to empower you in any feedback setting, ensuring that you get the most out of your development opportunities with Working Title and beyond.
September 7 & 8, 2019: Monologues That Fuel Dramatic Action with Celise Kalke

Class Description: In this class students will be given the opportunity to work directly with two contrasting performers, Courtney Collins and Geoffrey D. Williams, to create a new monologue specifically for the actor they choose. The actors will perform the monologues and Celise and the class will provide feedback to the playwright to continue developing the piece. This class will also explore the process of creating a driven monologue with actors.
July 20 & 21, 2019: New Development Dramaturgy and Directing Practices with Jamil Jude

Class description: Philosophy, script analysis and dramaturgy with the new Artistic Director of Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company. Day One will cover philosophy and theory and Day Two will incorporate process and action with two professional playwrights in attendance: Josh Wilder and Gabrielle Fulton.

APRIL 27 & 28, 2019: How To Break The Rules Of Playwriting with Tearrance Chisholm

Class Description: Limited to 15 students. Determine what the rules are. Then break them.

JAN 26 & 27, 2019: 7 to 12 Minutes; Play Beginnings with Celise Kalke

Class description: This class will explore the beginning of a play and how it charts the course for the entire length of the journey. Students will bring in 7-12 minutes of the beginning of a personal play of their choosing and Celise and the class with edit it together.


Afrocentric Theatre with renowned scholar Carlton W. Molette, Ph.D. Carlton has over 50 years of teaching experience and a roster of well-known former students like Pearl Cleage and Samuel L. Jackson. Learn more about the world of Afrocentric Theatre, expand your world view, evaluate and improve your work, and learn the tools to appropriately dramaturg other’s work.

Community & Collaboration with nationally renowned devising artist Mark Valdez.

In this single session class, Mark Valdez will discuss his work in and with communities in Atlanta and across the country. The session will cover examples of past projects as well as offer tools and practical strategies for community engaged work. Attendees are encouraged to bring in ideas and questions you might have on community engagement that you’d like to discuss or develop.

Tuesday, August 14 6:30-9:30

Exploring Structure
with Freddie Ashley; Artistic Director of Actors Express and past Alliance Theatre Literary Manager and Dr. Angela Farr Schiller; KSU professor, director and resident dramaturg with a doctorate in Theater and Performance Studies.

Explore the ways culture can influence dramatic structure. We will examine different plays by authors of various backgrounds and cultural groups, unpacking the shifting expectations of what makes sound dramatic storytelling in a more inclusive world.

Session 1: Saturday, April 14th, 1-5pm
Session 2: Sunday, April 15th 12-4pm


The Path of the Playwright
with special guest Edith Freni. Freni has a BFA and MFA from NYU’s Department of Dramatic Writing and a long resume of fellowships, residencies, awards and development experiences she has been awarded by prestigious theaters such as Steppenwolf, Ensemble Studio Theater and Actor’s Express, to name a few.

Contemporary Dramaturgy and the Playwright-Dramaturg Relationship
with special guest Carlyn Aquiline from Pittsburgh, PA; a national new play dramaturg, Carnegie Mellon University Professor and the recipient of the 2015 Frankel Award, honoring outstanding commitment to new play creation.

Session 1: Contemporary Dramaturgy the Role and the Outlook
Session 2: Creative Allies: The Playwright-Dramaturg Relationship

Playwriting as Activism
with Special Guest Chicago Dramatist resident playwright and Managing Curating Producer of Black Lives, Black Words International Project, Reginald Edmund

•the history and relevance of playwriting as activism
•the role of playwright in community activism as preacher, politician and prophet
•examples of contemporary playwriting as activism
•the five types of people needed for revolution


From Writing to Developing Your Play
with Alliance Theatre Director of New Projects, Celise Kalke.
April 13th, 7-9:30pm. This class is one session.

This class will explore development – the process of taking a finished or almost finished draft of a play to the next level (ideally headed for production). The class will cover development on your own, in a workshop setting funded by someone else, applying for development help, listening to notes, learning to listen for cuts and professionalism. We will focus on these subjects but please feel free to bring in concrete questions for the class to discuss as a group.

Pictured in banner: Celise Kalke teaching “Accessing the National Marketplace”.