Newsday Tuesday: Workshop It!

In a previous post I spoke about the importance of playwrights having a table reading for their works in progress…but what if you have nothing in progress?  What if all you have is an idea or a few pages of dialogue or…nothing?  Playwriting workshops can be fantastic tools for getting you started or even for helping you work through the snippets you already have. So here are a few workshop opportunities you can sign up and/or apply for!

MIND THE GAP: A Playwright’s Connection to the Empty Space – this workshop is being lead by my friend and mentor Juanita Rockwell at the 21st Annual Kō Festival in Amherst, Mass., July 23-28.

“Creating a text for performance is about forging a connection to presence. Habits of mind send us in the same circles again and again, cutting us off from new creative paths and an experience of Now, including the Theatrical Now. In this workshop, we will learn to short-circuit our habits of writing and thinking. In that gap, we can reconnect with the stillness, silence and spaciousness that is the natural home of creativity.”

Click here for more information on this and other workshops at this year’s Kō Festival.

WordBRIDGE Playwrights LaboratoryGenerous Company in partnership with CENTERSTAGE of Baltimore, Maryland, offers an exclusive workshop opportunity for playwrights with promising works-in-progress, even very, very basic ones.  Applicants should supply a letter of recommendation from a theatre professional. This year’s 2012 participants are already chosen for the June 9-23 workshop, but keep WordBRIDGE in mind for that piece you’re just starting.

“WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory seeks to empower pre-professional playwrights to achieve the next level of craftsmanship through collaboration with seasoned professionals from around the world.”

For more information on WordBRIDGE, click here!

PlayLabs at The Playwrights’ Center – One of my most enlightening experiences in the past year was working as an intern for The Playwrights’ Center PlayLabs festival this past October in Minneapolis, Minn. (Check out my “Adventures with Chicky!” posts for more on THAT experience!) PlayLabs brings four playwrights to the Center to spend a week workshopping their plays through a series of table readings and nightly revisions. The entire experience culminates in several nights of public staged readings with equity actors, helmed by a professional team including director, stage manager, and a dramaturg or a designer. During the same week, selections from plays by the Center’s Jerome and McKnight Fellows have a public showcase. It’s an intense week, but a fantastic opportunity worth applying for!

“PlayLabs combines the Playwrights’ Center’s most intensive play development resources with free staged readings, a panel discussion, a showcase of the Center’s fellows, and more.”

For more information on PlayLabs and fellowships at The Playwrights’ Center click here. And while you’re there, check out the Ruth Easton Lab, also at the Center.

And finally, maybe you know some young people in your life who are interested in playwriting and/or theatrical opportunities. I’ll be offering two *FREE* playwriting workshops at the Abington Community Library in Clarks Summit, Pa., for students entering grades 7th through 12th (and recent High School graduates).

The first is a Tuesday evening, Introduction to Playwriting workshop from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The second is an Intermediate Playwriting workshop for 9th through 12th grade students and recent graduates only (prerequisite: Introduction to Playwriting or equivalent), Saturday mornings, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Workshops start Saturday, June 23rd, and Tuesday, June 26th.

If you live in or around Northeast Pennsylvania, be sure to visit the Abington Community Library for more information.

AND GET WRITING!

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About dramachicky

I am a dramachick: a playwright, actress, director, wife, singer, reader, aunt, daughter, student, teacher, and dreamer. My husband has taken to calling me dramachicky. :-) I have my M.A. and M.F.A. in creative writing/playwriting from Wilkes University. My husband and I started a small theatre group in northeast Pennsylvania called Ghostlight Productions. I love all things theatre and I am thrilled to launch this blog as a celebration of women playwrights.
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2 Responses to Newsday Tuesday: Workshop It!

  1. Great list of resources! This post reminds me that I’ve been meaning to get back to my numerous and varied works in progress–I should look up a NYC-based/online workshop today!

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