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Making Your Own Opportunities: Self-Producing for Playwrights with Maura Krause and Emily Acker

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Empower yourself to produce your own work!

If you’re a theatre artist with a project you’re itching to put on its feet, come join Maura Krause and Emily Acker to learn the fundamentals of self-production. Between them, they’ve garnered their experience from Orbiter 3, Azuka Theatre, InterAct Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Applied Mechanics, and of course, mounting their own shows in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Sessions will cover everything from initial budgeting, to fundraising, to contracts, to venue liaising, to box office and marketing. By the end of the class, each student will leave with documents and an actionable producing plan. Whether you’ve never produced before, or are looking to produce on a larger scale than you have in the past, this class will help you feel ready to create the theatre you want to see — without waiting for anyone else.

May 7, 9, 14, 16 at 6-8 pm; May 11 and May 18 at 10 am – 1 pm

Young Playwrights Independence Foundation Learning Lab (1219 Vine Street, 2nd Floor)

Ideally, students will already have projects in mind that they want to produce, but Maura and Emily can also help you identify an appropriate first project for self-production. The class is best suited for entrepreneurial theatre artists with minimal experience in self-production, or who have the desire to streamline an existing self-producing model.

Emily Acker is a founding member and the Director of Development and Operations of the Barrymore-Award winning playwrights collective, Orbiter 3. She is an alumna of The Foundry @ PlayPenn, InterAct Theatre Company’s Core Playwrights Residency and Philadelphia Young Playwrights. Her work has been produced and developed at Orbiter 3, Azuka Theatre, InterAct Theatre Company, FringeArts, Theatre Exile, Act II Playhouse, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Young Playwrights Inc., Voice Theatre, FringeArts, Northwestern University, and Temple University. Her play I AM NOT MY MOTHERLAND was a finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, and her play BOYCOTT ESTHER was a finalist for the 2018 NNPN Showcase. She contributed to the final season of All My Children on Hulu+ and is the creator of the television remake, THREE UP TWO DOWN with The Weinstein Company. She received her B.S. from Northwestern University in 2013.


Maura Krause is an award-winning director, creator, and producer of new work. She is the Artistic Associate at Azuka Theatre, in addition to being the Artistic Director of Barrymore Award-winning company Orbiter 3, Philadelphia’s first producing playwrights collective. Maura was a National New Play Network Producer-in-Residence at InterAct Theatre Company, and is currently an Associated Artist with Applied Mechanics. Maura has also worked with the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, EMP Collective, PlayPenn, Arcadia University, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, and Tiny Dynamite, among others. Favorite projects include LOST IN THE MEADOW (PearlDamour), RED ASH MOSAIC (Cleveland Public Theatre), BREATHE SMOKE by Douglas Williams (Orbiter 3), TILDA SWINTON ADOPT ME PLEASE (The Greenfield Collective), THIS IS ON RECORD (Applied Mechanics), and BON IVER FIGHTS A BEAR by Douglas Williams (maura ampersand doug).



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Click the link below to visit our Reservation Page, where you can view all classes and register for this course. For questions or to inquire about payment plans, please email

When you register for a PlayPenn class before January 15, 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 along with a submission form.

Whether you’re writing your first play or deep in the horrors of marketing or self-production, PlayPenn has a class to make it easier. It’s so rewarding when writers help writers, which always seems to happen at PlayPenn classes.

-Robin R., 2018 Student

“If you are thinking about taking a class from PlayPenn, do it.”

-Stacey, 2018 Student