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with Jacqueline Goldfinger

Join Barrymore and Philadelphia Critics Award-winning playwright Jacqueline Goldfinger for a fast and fun exploration of how we transform the art that inspires us into theatrical magic!
Is there a book that makes your heart sing? Do you want to use a song or lyric or poem as a jumping off place for a new play? Are you simply interested in trying or learning more about adaptation? Sometimes we create our best work when inspired by others. 
In this one-day adaptation course, students will have an opportunity to learn techniques for creating new plays that are adaptations or that are inspired by pre-existing material. This class is open to writers of all experience levels. Perfect for those who have an adaptation in-mind as well as those who just wish to try something new!
Writers will have an opportunity to write a few pages and hear them read aloud as well as discussed in a 15 minute one-on-one session with professional dramaturg Abigail Katz (Atlantic Theatre, NYC) or Kittson O'Neill (InterAct, Philly). 
Please bring with you or have in-mind a story, poem, song or other source material that you would like to adapt/be inspired by. This can be a piece that you are considering adapting in total or simply a piece that ignites your imagination you that you can use as a source of inspiration for our practice writing exercises. It can be as long or as short as desired (from one line to an entire book). If you have trouble coming up with a piece, don't worry, the teaching artist will bring options for you to chose from.
-Discuss adaptation techniques and legal questions regarding using pre-existing source material
-Watch, read and discuss excerpts of various approaches to adaptations
-Discuss adaptation work tricks, tips and process
-Getting started: warm-up exercises
-Give lunch time writing assignment 
-Lunch and writing
Lunch will be provided by PlayPenn.
-Reading roundtable of new pages with professional dramaturgs
-One-on-one meetings with professional dramaturgs who will offer individualized feedback
Select a piece of writing of any length (one line to a book) that you're inspired by and would like to use as a jumping off point for theatrical exploration. Bring the material with you. If you have trouble coming up with a piece, don't worry, the teaching artist will bring options for you to chose from.
Sunday, September 6 from 10AM-7PM
University of the Arts, Terra Building (Broad Street, between Walnut and Locust)
SPECIAL OFFER: Staged Reading of Your New Play! If you sign up for a class by September 1, 2015 then you can apply for the opportunity to have one of your unproduced scripts given a public, professional staged reading in late-January in Philadelphia. In our continuing efforts to expand our support for the local playwriting community, PlayPenn guarantees that only students who live in the northeast and take classes in the fall of 2015 will be eligible to submit for this opportunity. Complete details and directions on how to apply will be included in your class confirmation email after your registration is complete.
Jacqueline Goldfinger is a playwright and dramaturg based in Philadelphia. She teaches playwriting locally and internationally (including University of Pennsylvania, University of the Arts, Disquiet Conference in Lisbon, UCSD and the McCarter Theatre). Her adaptations are published by Playscripts and have received dozens of productions around the country. She is currently writing a new comedy for the 2015 Women’s Voices Festival in DC. Her play Skin & Bone won Best New Play at the 2014 Philadelphia Critics Awards and was nominated for the Blackburn Prize. Her 2012 drama, Slip/Shot, won the Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play and was developed at PlayPenn and the Lark's Playwrights' Week. Her play, The Arsonists, is currently nominated for the Weissberger Award. Her newest play, Fresh, is currently a finalist for the Terrence McNally Award.

Questions? Email our Director of Education at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. In very extreme circumstances, we may need to cancel a class for reasons beyond our control and will offer full refunds. Otherwise, classes are non-refundable.

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