February 24, 26; March 4, 6
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 2 to 4 p.m.
Plus 30-minute appointments with instructors February 28 and March 2
Writing a play can be so many things – rewarding, expressive, enlivening – but most of all, it’s fun! Through this course, participants will be introduced to the basics of playwriting
Designed for writers at any level, the course will encompass a mixture of exercises, games, informal readings and peer feedback. During the process, instructors will meet each writer at his or her level, both to determine their project and to help them confront their particular challenges. The ultimate goal is less the creation of a new play than it is to foster a productive, positive and enjoyable experience, learning about playwriting with the approaches that writers take when telling stories on the stage.
Julia Hansenis the Founder and Artistic Director of TFSC. She was the Founder and past Artistic Director of Theater Masters, and formerly President of the Drama League of New York, where she conceived of and administered the Director Project, a national training program for young directors. She has created performances honoring celebrities such as Andrew Lloyd Webber, Liz Smith, John Kander and Fred Ebb. For Theater Masters, she created the National MFA Playwrights Program. Alumni of programs she has created include the head of the Yale School of Drama, the head of ART at Harvard, Pulitzer finalists, Tony and Obie winners and writers for Homeland, Madam Secretary, and New Girl. She has taught at Yale, Ohio State and the University of Nebraska.
Stephen Cedarsis a writer, director and teacher originally from south Louisiana. His plays have been produced or developed both in New York City and throughout the country, and published by Original Works and IndieTheatreNow. As a producer and director in NYC, he has created work for stages in three boroughs, including several years of community programming. Amongst his awards are the Theater Masters Visionary Playwright Award and Commission, the Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Award, a Fellowship with the Target Margin Institute for Collaborative Theater Making, a Residency with America-in-Play, and the John Golden Playwriting Prize. He earned his MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU, and is preparing a Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center.