This is an intensive laboratory to sharpen both your skills as a dramatist and your play, taught by Burning Coal’s Director of Education Jonathan Fitts (MFA/NYU).
Participants are expected to bring a completed play with them to class to be workshopped over the course of the six-week class. In addition to further studies about the theory and practice of playwriting, students will learn about the new play development process, including moderating and understanding criticism; effective strategies for rewriting; structuring workshop goals; and how to identify, shape, and stay true to the story you want to tell. Students will also have the opportunity to talk with professional directors and actors about their experience working with new plays and receive feedback on their plays. Students will be expected to both read and write outside of class.
The class will conclude with a public staged reading of excerpts from student plays.
Some playwriting experience is recommended, but not necessary. All students must have a completed play (one act or full-length) that they will commit to working on during the six-week class.
Space is very limited and, since the curriculum will vary depending upon student plays, early registration is encouraged.
When: Monday evenings from 6:00pm-9:00pm. Sept 8, Sept 15, Sept 22, Sept 29, Oct 13, and Oct 20.
ABOUT JONATHAN FITTS
Jon received his MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in May, 2013. At NYU, he was the recipient of the coveted Rita & Burton Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing Fellowship as well as an award for outstanding work in writing for the stage. He is a published playwright and the recipient of several honors from The Kennedy Center for playwriting. His plays have been produced across the country.