Classes

    PlayPenn invites the most exciting and successful theatrical voices to share their talent and craft directly with you in an intimate class setting, offering both in-person and online playwriting classes.

    PlayPenn Education Fall 2017

    Fall Classes are here!

    Class offerings range from one day master classes to multi-week courses for theater artists, writers and enthusiasts of all experience levels. Both online and in-person classes available to fit every schedule! Payment plans are also available. Contact us today to inquire about payment options.

    Got Questions? Email our Education Department: classes@playpenn.org

    Special Offer! Staged Reading of Your New Play!

     In our continuing effort to provide support for our education students, if you sign up for a fall 2017 class by October 1, 2017 then you can apply for the opportunity to have one of your unproduced scripts given a public, professional staged reading in Philadelphia in the winter/spring of 2018. PlayPenn will cover the cost of the reading itself and promote it. The playwright will be responsible for all of their own costs including travel and housing. Complete details and directions on how to apply will be included in your class confirmation email after your registration is complete.

    New Class Registration Process!

    We are so excited about our new website and our brand new Class Registration feature! Change can be hard, and as we roll out these new features, we have encountered a few challenges (and maybe a snafu or two).  The good news is that this new feature allows our students and users to create a secure login with PlayPenn, which will store your class purchases, donation history, and event registrations in a mindful way.  To help ease the process, please see this guide for a quick tutorial on how to purchase classes!  Remember that you’ll only need to create a login once.

    A Note from Director of Education, Jacqueline Goldfinger

    Jacqueline Goldfinger

    I love new plays. The audacity it takes to write a new work, the rigor it takes to develop it, and the bravery it takes to share it with the world are momentous tasks that thrive in strong communities. Over the past two years, we’ve expanded the PlayPenn Education program to include a broader range of classes to support the development of theater artists and enthusiasts both locally and nationally, brought The Foundry to life to support the development of emerging Philadelphia playwrights, and created new opportunities for the participants in education programming to share their work with the public.

    Whether you are an experienced theater artist or a newbie, an enthusiast or a teaching artist, we hope that you will join our us to explore, create, succeed, grow, find joy, and lend your unique voice to our community.

    – Jacqueline Goldfinger, Director of Education

    Fall 2017 Classes

    Summer 2017 Classes

    Summer classes have concluded.

    AUGUST

    JULY

    Writing for Performers: Plays and Screenplays with John Yearley (Philadelphia)

    Writing the Issue-based Play with Sheri Wilner (Philadelphia)

    Nuts & Bolts: Playwriting 101 with Jacqueline Goldfinger (online)

    The Drawer Play: Rewriting and Reclamation with Liz Duffy Adams (online)

    Writing in Community: Creating work with individual collaborators, a collective of artists or a classroom of students with Jack Tamburri and Jeremy Gable (Philadelphia)

    Navigating the Industry with Jeremy Stoller (online)

    Working with Images and Objects with Christine Evans (Philadelphia)

    JUNE

    Nuts & Bolts: Playwriting 101 with Jacqueline Goldfinger (online)

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    Cancellation/refund policy
    PlayPenn is always working to secure amazing artists to teach our classes and our teachers often go out of their way to fit teaching with us into their busy schedules. Our class sizes are limited to support individual attention, and as such, we are not able to offer refunds if you are unable to attend. So, before you register and pay, make sure you’ve cleared space on your calendar so that you can guarantee your opportunity to work with our master artists! In very extreme circumstances, we may need to cancel a class for reasons beyond our control and will offer full refunds.

    "This was such an amazing class. I left feeling that I could really write a play. Thank you so much for your encouragement and passion for this art."

    -Karen S., former PlayPenn Student
    Applications now open for the 2018 Conference!