Playwriting 101: Character Creation, Dramatic Structure and More!
with Ken Urban
Playwright Center Core Member Ken Urban brings his popular NYC playwriting fundamentals workshop to Philadelphia for one weekend only!
An introduction to dramatic writing for stage, this workshop is geared toward the writer who is interested in playwriting or the experienced playwright who wants to brush up on basics. No prior experience in necessary – just a willingness to experiment.
Our workshop will explore the fundamentals of dramatic structure: character, dialogue, conflict, and “plasticity” (non-textual elements). The workshop will focus on creating compelling characters and seductive stories. We will also spend time discussing topics such as Inspiration and Research.
Students will write scenes that will form the basis of a new play or act as exercises for students who are interested in trying their hand at playwriting.
The workshop is modeled on a professional development opportunity (such as a Writer’s Lab at a professional theatre like Soho Rep or The Civilians). To that end, we will respond to each other’s work using a method inspired by dancer Liz Lerman. By using a specific structure, writers will learn how to give non-prescriptive advice and feedback to their peers.
None. Simply bring something to write on and with.
Friday, October 23 from 4-7PM Opening Conversation and Dinner
Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25 from 11AM-5PM (includes a one hour lunch break)
University of the Arts, Terra Building (Broad Street, between Walnut and Locust)
Register during the PlayPenn Conference and receive a $15 discount. Pay only $235 for this class! (Conference discount expires July 26, 2015.)
Regular Tuition: $250
Both the discounted and regular tuition includes dinner on Friday.
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.
Ken Urban is a playwright and screenwriter based in New York. His play Sense of an Ending won the Weissberger Award and was a hit in London at Theatre503 in the spring of 2015. It opens in NYC this August. His plays have been produced and developed Off-Broadway at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 59E59 Theatres, The Summer Play Festival at The Public, Epic Theatre Ensemble, Studio 42, Playwrights Horizons, Irish Rep, and Primary Stages. His work has also been developed regionally and internationally at The Huntington, Theatre @ Boston Court, Williamstown Theatre Festival and the Donmar Warehouse (London). In 2015, A Future Perfect received its World Premiere at SpeakEasy Stage Company in Boston. Awards include the Weissberger Playwriting Award, Huntington Theater Playwriting Fellowship, Headlands Artist Residency, Djerassi Artist Residency, Dramatist Guild Fellowship, and MacDowell Colony Fellowships. He is a Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center and a company member of Rising Phoenix Rep. He wrote the screenplay for The Happy Sad, which screened internationally at over 25 film festivals, and is now available on iTunes and Amazon. His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service in the United States and Methuen in the United Kingdom and Europe. kenurban.com
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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.