Classes

    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.

    Instructor Nilaja Sun and students of the the Spring 2018 One Person Show Intensive.

    Fall classes are open for registration!

    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.

    When you register for a PlayPenn class before September 25, 2018, you’ll be invited to submit your unproduced, full-length play for consideration for a professional staged reading. PlayPenn will produce one student’s play as a reading with a professional director, professional actors and a PlayPenn dramaturg in Philadelphia in the spring/summer of 2019. Only plays that have not had a professional production or reading will be considered. PlayPenn will cover the cost of the reading, but the student is responsible for their own housing and transportation. If you register for a class by the deadline, additional details will be emailed to you after September 25, along with a submission form.

    Got Questions? Email our Education Department: classes@playpenn.org

    A Note from Director of Education, Julia Mauro Bumke

    Sharing your play with the world is an incredible rush—but it’s also unarguably terrifying. After an often isolating writing process, your work is exposed for everyone to see. As a dramaturg who specializes in world premieres, I know just how vulnerable writers are in these moments, and I’m passionate about helping to navigate them.

    Here at PlayPenn, we offer our students supportive opportunities to test out new work and hone their craft, providing them with a sense of camaraderie at all stages of their writing careers. Our PlayPenn classes encourage writers to bounce ideas off of one another, commiserate about industry challenges, and be inspired by the world-class writers and industry experts leading each course. We apply this same ethos to The Foundry, our intensive writers group for emerging Philadelphia playwrights; and to our public readings of our students’ works in progress throughout the year.

    By taking a PlayPenn class, you become part of a welcoming community of experienced playwrights, avid playgoers, recent grads, and everyone in between. It’s an incredible group of artists, and I am honored to work in service of it. Please join us!

    —Julia Mauro Bumke, Director of Education

    Fall Classes

     

    To View Available Classes and Register
    Visit the Class Registration Page

    For questions or payment plan options, email: classes@playpenn.org

    Closed Classes

    Fall 2018

    Summer 2018

    Spring 2018

    Fall 2017

    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

    Summer 2017

    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