2018 Core Workshop with Kirsten Childs

2018 Core Workshop with Kirsten Childs

2018 Master Class with Anne Washburn

2018 Master Class with Anne Washburn

2016 Core Workshop with The Debate Society

2016 Core Workshop with The Debate Society

2017 Master Class with Sarah Ruhl

2017 Master Class with Sarah Ruhl


Perspectives On Playwriting

Whether you’re a budding playwright or a curious theatergoer, you can participate in Perspectives On Playwriting in a number of ways — no previous writing experience required.

Core Workshop

Our 10-session summer course, the Core Workshop, offers an immersive experience, granting close-up access to playwrights and their writing processes. The 2019 line-up will include classes with Adam Bock, Jaclyn BackhausKirsten Childs, Craig Lucas, Robert O’Hara , Sarah Ruhl, and more.


Classes will begin Monday, May 13 and will run through the summer, concluding on July 29. All meetings will take place at Playwrights Horizons on Monday evenings from 6–9PM.

May 13 and 20
June 3, 10*, 17, and 24*
July 1, 15, 22*, and 29

*Indicates a Master Class. Participation in the Core Workshop includes admission to all three Master Classes, plus an exclusive breakout conversation with those 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 8. We will respond to all applicants about the status of their application by April 5.

Please note that this is not a training program for experienced playwrights. The Core Workshop was conceived to provide a unique opportunity for our audiences to deepen their relationship to new work. In recent years our students have represented a wide variety of backgrounds and histories of creative practice. No prior writing experience is required, but students should be prepared to participate in some in-class writing exercises.

Because space is very limited, we ask that you consider your schedule 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 season package holders, including Young Members. Registration is non-transferable. Learn more about season packages →

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Master Classes

Master Classes offer single sessions with some of the most dynamic artists working in the American theater today. The 2019 line-up will include Lucas Hnath, Michael R. Jackson, and Halley Feiffer in conversation with Heather Raffo.


Monday, June 10: Halley Feiffer and Heather Raffo, moderated by Victoria Myers
Monday, June 24: Michael R. Jackson
Monday, July 22: Lucas Hnath

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 $75.

Tickets for all 2019 Master Classes will go on sale beginning Monday, April 8.

POP Talks

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.

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