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.

    Winter/Spring Classes are here!

    Class offerings range from one day master classes to multi-week 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.

    Twice a year we offer students registered for our classes the opportunity to have a fully supported public reading of the work they create in our classes. You’ve missed the winter/spring 2018 deadline but we will continue this program in the fall!

    PlayPenn will produce one winter/spring 2018 semester student’s play as a reading with a professional director, professional actors and a PlayPenn Dramaturg in Philadelphia, PA on May 14, 2018 at 7pm at the Bluver Theater at the Drake. The play may not have had a professional production. PlayPenn will cover the costs of the reading, but the student is responsible for their own housing and transportation. If you register for a class by the deadline then additional details will be emailed to you after January 14, along with a submission form. The deadline for registered students to submit plays for the May reading will be February 28.

    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

    Winter/Spring Classes


    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