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with Jonathan Norton 


Find inspiration and recharge your batteries to fulfill your creative New Year's Resolutions!

For writers and theater artists of all experience levels.

"PlayPenn has changed my life. Through PlayPenn I have gained insight to the playwriting craft, learned to write with increased confidence, and made friends who understand and share the same struggles and successes." -Julie Z.

"Our workshops leader was insightful and gave us many practical and actional strategies. Through meeting others with similiar goals, I feel that my artistic family has already grown a little bigger." -Monica D.

Norton from Theater Jones

Join PlayPenn Conference Playwright and 2016 Osborn Award-winner Jonathan Norton for an online workshop to help writers and artists of all experience levels renew their creative-selves and move forward with purpose in the new year. Jonathan uses a combination of exercises, writing prompts, long-form writing suggestions and your favorite music to help you reinvigorate your creative-self and dive deeply into a new project. 

The purpose of the course is two-fold. The first objective is to provide creative strategies and techniques to unblock ourselves when we get stuck and can't find a way forward. The second objective is to help artists access and recognize their own voice and their source of artistic power within. 

In addition, we will share and celebrate the music that saved us, empowered us, and maybe even got us into trouble a time or two. We will use this music as a springboard for some of our writing exercises and prompts.

All of our classes have limited seating to insure individual attention.

WHEN: January 31, February 2, February 7 and February 9 from 7-10PM (EST) 

Scheduling Conflict? We will record each class session and make it available to you on a private, view only (no download) site for 48 hours after each class session. This recording is only to be used for you for reference purposes, and to keep up with the class if you must miss an evening.

WHERE: Online. We will use It is a very simple system. You will receive a link prior to class. You click the link and are taken to a site that has multiple boxes (like The Brady Bunch opening credits) where you can see and chat with everyone in the class. You must have a working internet connection and a computer that has both speakers (so you can hear the teaching artist) and a microphone (so they can hear you; be advised, some computer systems require you purchase a headset to use the microphone). If you would like to investigate the system before registering for the class, check out: PlayPenn covers the cost of using the system but you are expected to participate independently. We typically use DropBox to share our work, if sharing is required in the class.


BIO: Jonathan Norton’s work has been produced or developed at PlayPenn, Black and Latino Playwrights Conference, TeCo Theatrical Productions, Soul Rep Theater Company, Nouveau 47, Africanmy tidy list of terrors American Repertory Theater, and the South Dallas Cultural Center. Jonathan is a recipient of a 2015 Artistic Innovations Grant from the Mid-America Arts Alliance. He is also a recipient of the Diaspora Performing Arts Commission, and an inaugural recipient of the TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund. He is a Finalist for the 2016 Mimi and Harold Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award and he is the winner of the 2016 M. Elizabeth Osborn Award. Jonathan is currently working on a commission for the Dallas Theater Center, and teaching for their education program.

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 spring 2017 class by January 31, 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 spring/summer of 2017. 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.

(Above photo from Jonathan's My Tidy List of Terrors at the PlayPenn Conference.)

Questions? Email our Education Department (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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