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Chisa Hutchinson

Pitches, Bitches! with Chisa Hutchinson

640 433 Play Penn

You wrote a play. Cool. Let's talk about synopses, cover letters, follow-ups, and cultivation.

This four-hour intensive will give you the tools to package your play for the industry like a pro.

October 8th and 15th, 6:30PM-8:30PM EST


Students should come to the first session with several “elevator pitches” of their work: short descriptions of what their script is and why they care about it. These will be revisited and revised over the course of the two sessions.

Chisa Hutchinson (B.A. Vassar College; M.F.A NYU – Tisch School of the Arts) is a New York-based playwright and screenwriter. She is currently working mercenary-style on a screenplay for A&E/Lifetime and two indie film originals. And because she’s always up for a new challenge, she also just wrote a radio play for Audible, which will be both recorded for their international platform and produced live later this year at Minetta Lane Theatre. Chisa’s happily presented her other plays, which include Dirt Rich, She Like Girls,This Is Not The Play, Sex On Sunday, Tunde’s Trumpet, The Subject, Somebody’s Daughter, Alondra Was Here, Surely Goodness And Mercy, From The Author Of, Amerikin and Dead & Breathing at such venues as the Lark Theater, SummerStage, Atlantic Theater Company, Mad Dog Theater Company, Rattlestick Theater, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Contemporary American Theater Festival, the National Black Theatre, Writers’ Theatre of New Jersey, Delaware REP, Second Stage Theater and Arch 468 in London. She has been a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a Lark Fellow, a Resident at Second Stage Theater, a Humanitas Fellow, a New York NeoFuturist, and a staff writer for the Blue Man Group. Chisa has won a GLAAD Award, a Lilly Award, a New York Innovative Theatre Award, the Paul Green Award, a Helen Merrill Award, the Lanford Wilson Award, and has been a finalist for the highly coveted PoNY Fellowship. Currently, in addition to being a Fellow at Primary Stages and a proud fifth-year member of New Dramatists, Chisa is gearing up for three NYC theater productions and settling down to write a revenge play about white folks who call the cops on black folks for no good reason for South Coast Rep. To learn more, visit .



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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.

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