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.

    Summer classes are here!

    See our class list below for more details. Class offerings range from one day master classes to multi-day 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:

    A Note from Director of Education, 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

    Summer Classes

    Agents, Agency, and Ack! How Do I Get My Play Produced? with Beth Blickers (Philadelphia)

    One-Person Show Intensive with Nilaja Sun (Philadelphia)

    Playwriting for Playgoers with John Yearley (Philadelphia)

    Finding the Path in the Forest of Facts: Writing Research-Driven Plays with Tira Palmquist (Online)

    Writing from Inside and Outside of Your Play with Winter Miller (Online)

    Writing Lyrics for Musical Theatre with Michael Hollinger (Philadelphia)


    Previous Classes This Semester:

    Help! Fix My Play: Tips and Techniques to Bring Your Writing to Life with Robert Smythe (Philadelphia) Sold Out! / Registration Closed

    Writing Great Dialogue with James Ijames (Philadelphia)    Sold Out! / Registration Closed

    Playwriting Try-It Workshop Session #1 with John Yearley (Online) Registration Closed

    One-Person Show Intensive with Nilaja Sun (Philadelphia) Sold Out! / Registration Closed

    Art For All: A Practical Guide to Living a Creative Life with Jacqueline Goldfinger and R. Eric Thomas    Registration Closed

    Seven Week Workshop with L Feldman (Philadelphia)  Sold Out! / Registration Closed

    Creating Compelling Characters with Lori Fischer (Online) Registration Closed

    Playwriting Try-It Workshop Session #2 with John Yearley (Online) Registration Closed

    Writing and Revising 10-Minute Plays with Tammy Ryan (Philadelphia) Registration Closed

    Turn Your Play into a Screenplay with Chris Canaan (Philadelphia) Registration Closed

    New Play Dramaturgy with Michele Volansky (Online) Registration Closed

    Text & Subtext: Building Layers of Conflict and Meaning Within Your Scenes with Bruce Walsh (Philadelphia)– Registration Closed


    To View Available Classes and Register
    Visit the Class Registration Page

    For questions or payment plan options, email:

    Closed Classes

    Fall 2017 Classes

    Seven Week Workshop with Lauren Feldman 

    Breaking Taboos with Winter Miller (Online) 

    Playwriting 101: Nuts & Bolts – 5 Sessions!*
    Session 1 with Brie Knight
    Session 2 with Brie Knight 
    Session 3 with John Yearley (Online)
    Session 4 with John Yearley (Philadelphia)
    *All sessions cover the same material

    Playwriting 201: Writing a Full-Length Play – 2 Sessions!*
    Session 1 with Jacqueline Goldfinger
    Session 2 with Jacqueline Goldfinger (Online)
    *All sessions cover the same material



    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)


    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