The Art of Rewriting with Michele Lowe

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So you've written a full script: now what?

Playwright and writing coach Michele Lowe leads a core group of students through rewriting their drafts in this weekend-long intensive. Michele is intimately familiar with the challenges of self-editing: as part of the class, she’ll talk you through early drafts of her own produced works, demonstrating the process that all playwrights go through in creating a strong finished product. You will share your drafts with Michele prior to the start of class, and will hit the ground running to talk through the questions, pitfalls, and challenges of honing your work. After a Saturday morning session, time will be set aside for students to privately revise their work, bringing in fresh pages on Sunday for further conversation. This is a great class for beginners and experienced writers alike who want to take their full scripts to the next level, and is particularly helpful before submitting drafts to conferences or competitions.

October 27 and 28; Saturday 12-4pm and Sunday 10AM-2PM.

Philadelphia Young Playwrights Independence Foundation Learning Lab, located at 1219 Vine Street on the 3rd Floor

Students will submit their full script drafts to Michele by email one month prior to the start of class. Students who do not send these materials will be unable to participate.

Michele Lowe is a playwright, lyricist, and librettist. Current projects: The Greatest (Artist in Residence, Sundance Theatre Lab) The Proxy Marriage with composer Adam Gwon and a commission for Transport Group’s 20th Century Project with composer Zoe Sarnak. Broadway: The Smell of the Kill; Off Broadway: String of Pearls (Outer Critics nom), A Thousand Words Come to Mind with composer Scott Davenport Richards; Regional: Inana (Francesca Primus Prize, Susan Blackburn finalist, Edgerton New Play Award), Victoria Musica, Map of Heaven (Edgerton New Play Award), Mezzulah 1946, Backsliding in the Promised Land. Two-time finalist for the ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award. Produced/developed by Primary Stages, Vineyard Theatre, Le Pepiniere (Paris), Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, Williamstown Theater Festival, New York Stage and Film, O’Neill National Music Theater Conference, Lark, Colorado New Play Summit, New Harmony Project, American Music Theatre Project, and Hedgebrook. Michele lives in New York and works with writers, clergy, and political candidates across the country. Michele is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She is a member of The Dramatist Guild and ASCAP, and serves on the board of trustees for the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. She is on the faculty of the Dramatist Guild Institute and ESPA.



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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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