Thursday, September 13, 2012

2012-13 Playwriting Intensives Announced!

If you're an aspiring or emerging playwright or even just a die-hard theatre enthusiast interested in learning how to tap into your own creativity and expand your playwriting horizons, you'll want to check out the lineup for the new season of PlayGround Intensives, two-hour master classes led by some of the Bay Area's most distinguished playwrights. Intensives take place on the first Monday of the month, October through March, 7pm-9pm, at PlaySpace, PlayGround's new writers lab/classroom/rehearsal space in South Berkeley.

Registration for the introductory October 1 class is just $18 and the remaining classes are each $38. Six-class subscriptions are available for $105, a 50% discount off single-class registration.

October 1 - Growing a New Play with Anthony Clarvoe
November 5 - The Secret to Secrets with Lauren Gunderson
December 3 - Where Plays Come From with Philip Kan Gotanda
January 7 - Debunking the "Write What You Know" Myth with Garret Jon Groenveld
February 4 - Adaptations with Daniel Heath
March 4 - The Working Playwright, Revisited: Everything You (Still) Need to Know with Aaron Loeb

Suggested Reading: Best of PlayGround series (2001-2012)
To register, click here.

October 1
Growing a New Play with Anthony Clarvoe
What to do with all those one-minute and ten-minute plays you've written? This workshop looks at how the idea for your next full-length play could already be among the characters and scenes from one of your existing short works. But then how to take it to full-length or longer one-act? Anthony will explore the relationship between short and full-length forms and how one can feed the other successfully.

November 5
The Secret to Secrets with Lauren Gunderson
Humans are smart animals: we love details, we love complication, and we LOVE to be surprised. How does the equally smart playwright use details, complication, and surprises to build a riveting play? We will discuss how secrets and mysteries can fuel your script and pay off in the end.

December 3
Where Plays Come From (sources of inspiration and what to do with them) with Philip Kan Gotanda

January 7
Debunking the "Write What You Know" Myth
with Garret Jon Groenveld
There’s a lot of misconceptions when professional writers toss off the line, “Well, you should write what you know!” A phrase like this is confusing to experienced and novice writers alike. Does this mean that we should only write about the tragic events that happen to us? Does this mean we shouldn’t write about things we don’t know? This seminar will tackle our assumptions about what makes good subject matter for making theatre and will explore theatrical significant detail through lecture, writing exercises and discussion.

February 4
Adaptations with Daniel Heath
This seminar looks at the process of adapting in all its glorious forms - adapting outside sources for the theatre, adapting theatre to film, and more! Daniel will share lessons learned in his adaptations of the restoration comedy Man of Mode to the 80s rock musical Man of Rock for the Climate Theatre as well as his work as screenwriter and producer on the short film, Wednesday (1st PlayGround Film Festival, 2012), adapted from his short play of the same name, and a new adaptation project currently in development.

March 4
The Working Playwright, Revisited: Everything You (Still) Need to Know with Aaron Loeb
A detail few artists like to think about: if you're going to get paid to produce your work, you are starting a new business. It may not make a billion a year, but it's a business nonetheless. In this intensive, we will cover the business of show in detail. Contracts, agents, working with a theater, submissions, getting your name out there. Everything the emerging writer needs to know to protect the three R's: rights, relationships and reputation. Note: For those who took the March or October 2011 Intensives with Aaron, this workshop will provide new and deeper insights into this subject.


To see the complete class list and faculty bios, click here. To register, click here.

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