Perspectives On Playwriting
We're thrilled to invite you to join us this summer for Perspectives On Playwriting. In the interest of deepening our audience's engagement with new plays, we want to connect you — our most adventurous theater lovers — with some of our favorite theater makers. Now in its fifth year, this summer course introduces students to the processes and purposes of playwriting, as told by the playwrights themselves.
Whether you’re a longtime theatergoer or completely new to the world of the stage, you can participate in Perspectives On Playwriting in a number of ways — no previous playwriting experience required.
- Master Classes offer single sessions with some of the most dynamic artists working in the American theater. The 2020 line-up will include Will Arbery, Larissa FastHorse, and Aleshea Harris.
- The 10-session Core Workshop offers a more immersive experience, granting exclusive breakouts with Master Class playwrights, plus small group workshops with Clare Barron, Kirsten Childs, Samuel D. Hunter, Michael R. Jackson, Sylvia Khoury, Tim Sanford, and more.
10-Week Core Workshop
Classes will begin May 11 and run through the summer, concluding on July 27. All meetings will take place at Playwrights Horizons on Monday evenings from 6–9 PM, with the exception of the June 11 Master Class, which will take place on a Thursday. Ashley Chang, the Dramaturg at Playwrights, will kick off each session with a guided look at dramatic history and theatrical form.
May 11 and 18
June 1, 11*, 15, 22, and 29*
July 13*, 20, and 27
*Indicates a Master Class. Participation in the Core Workshop includes all three Master Classes, plus an exclusive breakout conversation with these teachers following their formal sessions.
Season Package Holders: $450
Young Members (ages 35 and under): $350
Tuition will not be charged until enrollment status is confirmed, at which time you will be contacted for payment.
HOW TO APPLY
- This experience was designed to be intimate — enrollment will be limited to 15 students. If you’d like to be considered for the Core Workshop, please complete a brief online application by March 13. We will respond to all applicants about the status of their application by April 10.
- Please note that this is not a training program for experienced playwrights seeking professional development. The Core Workshop is designed in order to provide a unique opportunity for members of our audience to deepen their relationship to new work. In recent years, our students have represented a wide variety of backgrounds and histories of creative practice. While students should be prepared to participate in some in-class writing exercises, no prior writing experience is required.
- Because space is limited, we ask that you consider your schedule and availability before applying for the class. We hope to enroll a small group of students who are able to commit to the full 10-week experience.
- Please note that applications are open to all Playwrights Horizons ticket package-holders, including Young Members. Registration is non-transferable.
To learn more about Playwrights Horizons membership opportunities, click here!
Thursday, June 11: Aleshea Harris
Monday, June 29: Larissa FastHorse
Monday, July 13: Will Arbery
Each master class will begin at 6PM and run approximately 90 minutes. Attend an individual Master Class for $25, or all three with the Master Class bundle package for $70. Student tickets available for $20 per class, or $55 for all three!
Tickets for all 2020 Master Classes will be on sale beginning Monday, April 13.
Following select performances, we invite you to join us in the lobby for POP Talks. Unlike our traditional Post-Performance Discussions, POP Talks create an informal space for our audience to talk to one another about the play they just experienced together. These conversations are hosted by fellow audience members who are alumni of the POP Core Workshop.