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 most recently, Reginald Edmund.
“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.
This class is a two session workshop, however you may attend one session or both.
Session 1: Saturday, September 2nd, 12-3pm
Session 2: Sunday, September 3rd, 12-3pm
Session 1: Contemporary Dramaturgy – the Role and the Outlook
Contemporary arts and entertainment organizations have come to
recognize the value of dramaturgy to their work, leading to dramaturgs
working in many creative positions. So why do so many people still identify the dramaturg only with research, and dramaturgy only with program notes and talkbacks? This class will look at theatre dramaturgy from several angles to consider the larger role dramaturgy plays in contemporary theatre and to explore dramaturgy as a way of thinking that can benefit all artists in the creative process. The class will include practical exercises, group discussion, and case studies, but participants should feel free to come with questions.
Session 2: Creative Allies: The Playwright-Dramaturg Relationship
This class addresses the give-and-take process when playwrights and dramaturgs work together on new works. What does a dramaturg do in working on a new play with a playwright? What’s the playwright’s end of the deal? Can you dramaturg your own work or someone else’s? Discussion, exercises, and case studies will demystify new play
dramaturgy and dramaturgs, and dispel the lingering myths about playwright-dramaturg relations that can undermine successful collaboration.
Students who take this class will be considered for hire as WTP new play dramaturgs. We hire between 10-15 dramaturgs per year. If you are interested in this opportunity, please let us know when you RSVP.
CARLYN AQUILINE has been dramaturg on many new works, as well as production dramaturg on contemporary and classical works, at City Theatre Company in Pittsburgh (where she was Literary Manager and Dramaturg), Syracuse Stage (where she was Artistic Associate), Goodspeed Musicals (where she was Literary and Producing Associate), Tectonic Theater Project, BAM, Mark Taper Forum, Arena Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Kansas City Rep, Hartford Stage, Lark Play Development Center, Yale Repertory Theatre, Arden Theatre, Florida Stage, TheatreWorks (Palo Alto), American Theater Company, The Microscopic Opera Company, and Actor’s Express, among others. She’s been the recipient of a LMDA Residency Grant for her collaboration with The Microscopic Opera Company, an Alcoa Foundation Leadership Grant for Arts Managers, and an Education Foundation of America Fellowship for her work with Syracuse Stage. She was Managing Editor of the international journal THEATER for two years, teaches at Carnegie Mellon University, and is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
One session: $40 for WTP Members/$75 for non-members
Two sessions: $70 for WTP Members/$130 for non-members
Limited to 16 students per class. Those who sign up for both classes will be given priority.
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“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.
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Pictured in banner: Playwright Lauren Gunderson teaches a master class to WTP members.