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John Yearley

Playwriting for Playgoers with John Yearley

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Perfect for theater lovers and artists of all experience levels!

Any theatregoer can tell you about a play they saw that they’ll never forget. But how much do even lifelong theatregoers know about the art of playwriting itself? Playwriting for Playgoers will mix the educational and the experiential so that students will really understand the practice and experience of playwriting. First, we will read and discuss a great play, breaking down how and why it works so well. Then we will do exercises to explore how you write for plays, how you write in the voice of other characters and create conflicts that reveal their deepest truths. After taking Playwriting for Playgoers, you will never look at a play the same way again.

July 16 and July 25, 6:30pm-9:30pm

The Bluver Theater at The Drake, 302 S. Hicks Street, Philadelphia, PA

Reading: Please read The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams in advance of class.

John Yearley

John Yearley is the author of The Unrepeatable Moment (Barrow Group), Leap (Kaplan New American Play Prize, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Antigone (adaptation, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Ephemera (Gassner Award, Summer Play Festival), and Another Girl (PlayPenn, Naked Angels). His plays All in Little Pieces and A Low-Lying Fog are published by Samuel French. He is currently writing for the PBS Kids show Arthur and worked as a script doctor for New Line Cinema. He’s a member of the Writer’s Guild of America, the Dramatists Guild, and twice a MacDowell Fellow. He holds a MFA in Playwriting from Temple University.

$125

Tuition

Register Here

This course begins shortly. Please email classes@playpenn.org to register.

“PlayPenn is a wonderful organization that works on providing resources and knowledge for playwrights and dramatists in the Philadelphia area. It really is a great organization that focuses on bringing like-minded people together to ironically think differently in order to bring out creativity and individualism. It’s a wonderful organization that I’ve just gotten into in the past half year, and plan to stick with for the unforeseeable future.”

-Devin, 2018 Student

“PlayPenn classes inspire me to write more, and help build my confidence in my writing ability.”

-Mark, 2017 Student

Agents, Agency, and Ack! How Do I Get My Plays Produced?

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Cocktails and Real Talk with NYC Agent Beth Blickers

Beth Blickers has over 20 years experience as an agent for playwrights, composers, directors and choreographers in New York City. She is currently an agent at APA (formerly of William Morris Agency and Abrams Artists Agency) and a national advocate for playwrights. She will sit down with Jacqueline Goldfinger to talk a little bit about agenting, how you know it’s the right time to approach an agent, and what to say when you do. Then we will have a moderated 45-minute Q&A following by an hour networking mixer where participants have a chance to chat with Beth and also with each other to meet collaborators who will help forward your work.

July 12, 2018 from 6pm-8pm

The private room at Fergie’s Pub, 1214 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. The downstairs bar will be open beforehand, during and after. You are welcome to bring your food and drink upstairs with you for the event.

Beth Blickers is currently an agent at APA, where she represents writers, composers, directors and choreographers for theatre, television and film. She began her career at the William Morris Agency, where she began work after graduating from New York University. She has served on the jury panel for the Weissberger Award, the Ed Kleban Award, the Lark’s PONY Fellowship, participated in the Non-Traditional Casting Project, Inc.’s roundtable on inclusion and diversity in the theatre, and has presented workshops and sessions on agenting, playwriting, directors and choreographers and related topics for organizations such as the Society of Directors and Choreographers Foundation, the Dramatists Guild, Musical Theatre Works, the Lark, New York University, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre and the Texas Education Theatre Association. She is a Past President and Board member of LMDA, and is proud to be the board chair emeritus of Theatre Breaking Through Barriers, a New York company that works with artists with disabilities.

$50

Tuition

Register Here

Click the link below to visit our Reservation Page, where you can view all our course offerings and register for a slot in this class.

For questions or to inquire about payment plans, please email classes@playpenn.org.

“I have travelled from the Harrisburg area for several PlayPenn workshops. Well worth my travel time and the cost of a train ticket!”

-Cindy D, 2018 Student

“PlayPenn classes inspire me to write more, and help build my confidence in my writing ability.”

-Mark, 2017 Student