Playwriting: Building a Play


Sep 8 – Oct 20, 2014

$155  For six sessions, payable on or prior to the first day of class. (Off Oct. 6th)

Taught by Jonathan Fitts

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.

Screenwriting


Jan 5 – Feb 9, 2015

6:30 pm – 9:30 pm on Monday

$155  DUE on or prior to the first day of the first day of class

Taught by Jonathan Fitts

Love the movies?  Interested in writing them?  Learn how!  Burning Coal’s Director of Education, Jonathan Fitts (MFA/NYU, 2013) leads a six-session class on the delicate art of writing a marketable, producible, and compelling screenplay.  Learn everything from format, to structure, to how to make your action lines pop off the page, and how to keep your reader hooked!  Suitable for anyone interested in screenwriting.  No experience necessary.

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 studied screenwriting under Sabrina Dhawan , Mark Dickerman, Jeremy Pikser, and Dan Pulick.  Jon is a published, award-winning playwright, an accomplished musician and composer, and has acted extensively at Burning Coal Theatre Company (HAIR, Einstein’s Dreams), in New York City, and elsewhere.

 

 

Past Productions & Events

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Uta Hagen Class


Jun 9 – Jul 28, 2014

7 pm – 10 pm on Monday

$200  payable on or prior to the first day of class

Taught by Jerome Davis

Work on scenes from great modern plays with Burning Coal Theatre Company.  Burning Coal’s Artistic Director, Jerome Davis will again lead his annual, eight-week scene study class based on the concepts expressed in Uta Hagen’s landmark book Respect for Acting. Davis studied with Uta Hagen at HB Studios in New York for seven years. Class will be founded in Hagen’s “object exercises.” Students will have the opportunity to work each week on scenes Read More »

THE IDEAL SPEAKER: Actor’s Tools for All Professions


Apr 14 – May 5, 2014

6:30 pm – 9:30 pm on Monday

$120  Due on or before the first class

Taught by Director of Education Jonathan Fitts

Learn to utilize an actor’s tools of confidence, articulation, and improvisation in your professional life!  Burning Coal Theatre Company’s Director of Education, Jonathan Fitts (MFA/NYU, 2013), will teach a four-week class on the art of public speaking. Learn how to command an audience and make a splash at your next board meeting or presentation!

ABOUT JONATHAN FITTS
Jon holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU and an undergraduate degree in theatre from Appalachian State University.  He is a published playwright, an accomplished musician and composer, and has acted extensively at Burning Coal (HAIR, Einstein’s Dreams) and elsewhere.