WTP offers classes, writers’ workshops, seminars, and new development panels to promote playwright education and community engagement, led by nationally-known theatre artists. All of our classes (and offerings) are currently virtual.

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, Kimberly Senior, Rebekah Suellau, Pamela Turner and Mark Valdez.

UPCOMING 2020 Master Classes:

REGISTER NOW for Two-Minute Moments of Dramatic Action Virtual Writing Workshop with Celise Kalke (by emailing managing@workingtitleplaywrights.com).

Two-Minute Moments Of Dramatic Action virtual writing workshop with Celise Kalke
June 13 & 14, 1-4 PM
Location: Zoom and your home
Pricing: WTP is an inclusive organization and would like our classes to be accessible to everyone, no matter the cost. Therefore, we are offering a flexible pricing structure, which allows attendees to pay within what we hope is a comfortable range. Please contact Amber at managing@workingtitleplaywrights.com to further discuss payment options. We will do our best to work with you so that you may attend this workshop.

Prices and Payment Options:
– $75-$100 Members
– $125-$175 Non-Members
– Pay-What-You-Can

Class Description: This class will examine turning points. How to write the scenes where things happen! Using five minute scenes from each attendee, Celise will elaborate on dramatic action and how to bring it to the stage. It’s about editing, precision, and style. This writing workshop will focus on that brief two minutes where “the event happens onstage”.
Happening virtually.
Please submit scenes ahead of time.

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.

Generating Story: Strategies To Jump Start Into Your New Play with Addae Moon
August 15 & 16, 1-4PM
Location: TBA
Price: $75 Members/$125 Non-Members
WTP playwright member and dramaturg Addae Moon will lead this writing workshop designed to generate new ideas and new plays. Using techniques he has cultivated in his years of experience as a teacher, dramaturg and playwright, Addae will lead the class to ways in which to activate your next play into life.

Playwriting 101 with Nicole Adkins
September 19 & 20, 1-4PM
Location: TBA
Price: $75 Members/$125 Non-Members
Take Playwriting 101 from a teacher who teaches playwriting at Hollins University in the masters program, as well as at Kennesaw State University. Nicole is a playwright and dramaturg with a long history of teaching and living the craft.

Psychodramaturgy with Barbara Holt
Chicago guest artist, Psychodramaturg
Fall/winter or early 2021 
Location: TBA
Price: $100 Members/$175 Non-Members
Psychiatrist Barbara Holt has been working with Director Chris Coleman (founder of Actor’s Express) for 12 years, developing an amazing new dramaturgy practice called Psychodramaturgy. In this type of work, Holt gives playwrights and theatre artists the psychological tools to understand their characters more fully. The result is eye-opening and mind-bending.
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PAST MASTER CLASSES

The NEW Biz of Playwriting: Nimble Responses to a Rapidly Evolving Landscape with Celise Kalke

Purchase the recording of this class for $15. You will have access to it indefinitely. Contact Amber at managing@workingtitleplaywrights.com for more information.

All the rules of making theatre changed March 13, 2020. Playwrights have two options. Use this virtual space to write something ambitious for the return to live theatre (the King Lear approach). Or be in dialogue with producers about theatrical content in a virtual environment. Celise Kalke, dramaturg and new work producer as well as current Synchronicity Theatre Managing Director, will explore tactics around each approach. This will be a highly interactive virtual class.
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Radical collaborations: Co-Creation and Devised Theatre with Elizabeth Dinkova
WHEN: March 2020
Whether it’s within a standard new play development process, or the collaborative creation of a new devised piece, tapping into an ensemble’s potential to serve as generative artists in the room is key to producing deep and daring work. This class will explore the utility of devising theatre strategies in a variety of contexts: from developing existing texts by asking collaborators to participate in a process of targeted creation of new material, to non-hierarchical collective creation of original new work. Ultimately, by participating in hands-on explorations, participants will practice using collaborative creation techniques to model and inspire communal transformation: by learning how to create collectively, we learn how to live collectively.
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Articulating Your point of view with NYC Special guest Kimberly Senior
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.


2018

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


2017

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


2016

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”.