WTP offers classes, writers’ workshops, seminars, and new development panels to promote playwright education and community engagement, led by nationally-known theatre artists.
Past artists have included Lauren Gunderson, Erik Ehn, Carlos Murillo, Pamela Turner, Patricia Henritze, Henry W. Kimmel, Topher Payne, Justin Anderson, Vynnie Meli, Celise Kalke and more.
“Playwriting as Activism”
with Special Guest Chicago Dramatist resident playwright and Managing Curating Producer of Black Lives, Black Words International Project, Reginald Edmund
Saturday, June 17th, 12-4pm. This class is a one session workshop.
This class will explore
•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
•the history and dialogue of political theater
•Edmund’s personal journey as a playwright as well as examples of his own playwriting
•Overall vocabulary and formula for playwriting
The final hour of class will be reserved for writing exercises lead by Edmund, focused on examining the events taking place in our communities that concern us
REGINALD EDMUND is a resident playwright of Chicago Dramatists and Managing Curating Producer of Black Lives, Black Words International Project. He was a 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 Playwrights’ Center Many Voices Fellowship recipient. Originally from Houston, Texas, he was the Artistic Director for the Silver House Theatre in Houston as well as founder and producer for the Silver House Playwrights Festival and the Houston Urban Theatre Series. Reginald was the inaugural recipient of the Kennedy Center Fellowship at Soul Mountain Retreat in 2007 and the 2009 National Runner-up for the Lorraine Hansberry and Rosa Parks Playwriting Awards. In 2010, he was named Winner of The Southern Writers Competition and was recognized by TCG as a 2011 Young Leader of Color. His plays have been developed at Ensemble Theatre of Houston, Silver House Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, the Playwrights’ Center, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Moving Arts, Karamu House, Pangea World Theater, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Texas State University Black and Latino Theatre Conference, the Last Frontier Theater Conference, and the Kennedy Center. Most recently he was named a winner of the 2013 Edgerton Foundation Award for his play Southbridge. He received his BFA in Theatre-Performance from Texas Southern University, and his MFA in playwriting at Ohio University.
LOCATION: the Atlanta Children’s Theatre in the Little 5 Points Community Center at 1083 Austin Ave. NE. Atlanta, GA 30307.
COST: $40 for WTP members/$75 for non-members. You may pay at the door by cash or check or send your payment to paypal@email@example.com. Checks are preferred. Seating is limited! Please RSVP.
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“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, development 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 subject areas but please feel to bring in concrete questions for the class to discuss as a group.
CELISE KALKE joined the staff of the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta in 2005 where, as Director of New Projects, she manages New Play Development, the Alliance/Kendeda Graduate Playwright Competition, the Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab and Alliance Theatre production dramaturgy. She has developed many different kinds of projects from straight plays to musicals to novel adaptations to shows for kids. Before moving to the Alliance she was the Director of the Literary Department at the Public Theater in New York. Celise currently serves as VP of Institutions for LMDA (Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.
Location: the Atlanta Children’s Theatre in the Little 5 Points Community Center at 1083 Austin Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307.
COST: $40 for WTP members/$75 for non-members. You may pay at the door by cash or check or send your payment to paypal@email@example.com. Checks are preferred.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.