Creative Ways into Building a Character, with R. Eric Thomas

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What makes a character memorable? How do we mold a three-dimensional person out of our ideas?

Join playwright, screenwriter, and PlayPenn Alum R. Eric Thomas on an exploration of masterfully created, specific characters, using examples from great works for stage, Eric’s own experience, in-class exercises, and more. Students will come away with more tools for fleshing out their ideas into fully realized people and activating their plays with dynamic personalities. Perfect for new or experienced playwrights!

July 17, July 18, 1-5pm E.S.T.

Online (via Zoom)

R. Eric Thomas, a national bestselling author and playwright, won the 2016 Barrymore Award for Best New Play and the 2018 Dramatist Guild Lanford Wilson Award, was a finalist for the 2017 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award and is a finalist for two 2021 Lambda Literary Awards. He was a staff writer for the Peabody Award-winning series Dickinson (AppleTV+) and Better Things (FX) and has been commissioned or produced on stage by Arden Theatre Company, Baltimore Center Stage, Theatre Exile, Simpatico Theatre, Azuka Theatre, Single Carrot Theatre, About Face Theatre, City Theatre Miami, Act II Playhouse and more. He is an alumnus of The Foundry, the Lambda Literary Fellowship, and the Ingram New Works Project. Website: New Play Exchange:



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“Writing can be a lonely road. I’m thankful that Philadelphia offers the supportive, talented PlayPenn community.”

-Joe G., 2020 Participant

I walked away with an arsenal of guidelines for what makes a high-concept play, but also with half a notebook full of fantastic off-the-cuff breakthroughs and exercises.

-Danielle B., 2019 Participant