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with Jonathan Norton

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Join PlayPenn Conference Playwright and the Winner of the 2016 Osborn Playwriting Award Jonathan Norton to learn how to slay writers block and reinvigorate you and your work. This class is perfect for all theater artists.

1990s R&B group EnVogue said it best: "Free your mind and the rest will follow!" In this course, 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 into writing brand new short plays or new scenes.

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 writers access and recognize their own voice and their source of artistic power within.

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

UnknownWHERE: Online. We will use for the online classes. It is a very simple system. You will receive an email 15-minutes prior to each class with a link. You click the link and you are taken to a site that has multiple boxes (much 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 to purchase a headset to use the microphone). If you would like to investigate the system before registering for the class, check out: We will cover the cost of using this system but you will be expected to be able to participate independently. In addition, we will record each class session and make it available to you on a private, view only (no download) site. The recording will remain on the site until the next class meeting.


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, African 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.

(Above photo from Jonathan's Mississippi Goddamn about Nina Simone at the South Dallas Cultural Center. Photo by I Classi Nance Photography)

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/winter 2016 class by September 1, 2016 then you can apply for the opportunity to have one of your unproduced scripts given a public, professional staged reading in Philadelphia during the 2016-17 season. 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.

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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