Playwrights' Center of SF Fall Master Class series 2014
Playwrights Center of SF Fall Master Class series
The Playwrights' Center of San Francisco is offering three different 3-hour playwriting workshops taught by local and celebrated Bay Area Playwrights, Megan Cohen, Adam Sussman, and William Bivins.
Each workshop is designed to stand on its own, but members are encouraged to sign up for one, two or all three classes in the series.
When: Nov 1st, Nov 8th, and Nov 15th, 2014
Where: 246 Van Ness Avenue (Grove and Van Ness)
Cost: PCSF members - $45 per EACH class
Not a member?
$105 includes one class and one-year PCSF Membership
Non-members may use the member price to register for an additional class, after paying once at the non-member price.
Saturday, November 1, 2014 10-1pm
Extreme Playwriting with Megan Cohen $45 for PCSF members
Ever jumped out of a plane to go skydiving on paper? Let's have an adventure in extreme playwrighting with a series of pen-to-page exercises that open new writing possibilities for both novice and experienced writers. We'll brainstorm micro and macro stories, silent moments and cacophonous ones, sparse worlds and decadent stage pictures, in a process exploring contrasts and risks on the page. Where are the edges of what you are able to make? We'll push our creativity to the farthest places we can. Bring a pen and paper, and let's be real, you might want to have a cup of coffee first.
Saturday, November 8, 2014 10-1pm
Playmaking with Adam Sussman $45 for PCSF members
Curious to shake up your approach to playwriting? We'll look at a number of ways of making plays that step away from the writer's desk. From conception, to structure, to development, we'll play with non-traditional ideas of what it means to make a play and what a play can be. Together we'll explore the world of devised work and generative exercises from a range of cutting edge practitioners and discuss how they can be incorporated into your own writing practice. Come prepared to play, share, and be inspired.
Saturday, November 15, 2014. 10-1pm.
Bones and Viscera: The Anatomy of Dramatic Storytelling with William Bivins $45 for PCSF members
Dramatists often refer to the "structure" of a play. An engineering metaphor, however, can feel lifeless and rigid. A play is more like a living organism. It not only has a skeleton, but guts and muscle: emotions and forward movement. Learn how to construct the bones of your playthe basic elements of conflict and scenic actionand explore how they are fleshed-out and brought to life by the emotional lives of your characters.
About Megan Cohen:
Megan Cohen is the most-produced female playwright in the Bay Area, with 60+ shows and readings since January 2012. She is co-founder (with Stuart Bousel) of monthly speed-playwrighting festival "Saturday Write Fever" (named "Best of the Bay" in 2014 by San Francisco Magazine.) Megan's work ranges in length from 60 seconds to 12 hours, and from solo performance to scripts for double-digit ensembles. She is a 2014 Theater Bay Area "Keep An Eye On" Emerging Artist Honoree, and a charter member of the San Francisco Neo-Futurists ensemble (Best Theater, SF Weekly Readers' Poll 2014), with whom she recently completed a four-star touring show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
About Adam Sussman:
Adam L. Sussman is a Director/Dramaturge/Writer/Performer. He is currently the Bret C Hart Directing Fellow at the Berkeley Repertory Theater as well as the Literary Manager for DO IT LIVE! PRODUCTIONS He served as Core Artist with Ragged Wing Ensemble where he directed and developed "Buried in the Body" a world premiere by Anthony Clarvoe. Adam has written a number of plays including a 70 minute multi-discipline adaptation of "Moby Dick", along with one acts "Death and Dinning," "Yes, Tomorrow" and "Sex and Cynicism" which has had productions on both the East and West coasts through the COME AS YOUR ARE project. His devised piece "Quatre-Vingt-Quatre" a collaboration with poet Evan Kennedy played to sold-out houses in 2011 and received a Best of the Fringe award. His devised work has been seen as part of Fool's Fury Factory Parts Festival and Hatch: A Festival of Devised Performance for which he also one of the founders. Adam has been a longtime participant and co-organizer of the International Home Theater Festival. Adam has also directed with Playwright's Foundation, SF Theater Pub, Impact Theater, Shotz SF, Monday Night Playground and Wiley West Productions. Adam is also the recipient of Theater Bay Area's Titan Award for Directing in 2013.
About William Bivins:
William Bivins is an award-winning playwright whose productions include "The Education of a Rake" (Central Works), "The Apotheosis of Pig Husbandry" (SF Playhouse), "The Position" (PianoFight) and "The Afterlife of the Mind" (Virago Theatre Company), among others. His drama "Ransom, Texas" (Pacific Repertory Theatre) won the 2010 Hyperion Project Original Play Competition. His Biblical comedy "Pulp Scripture" (Original Sin/PianoFight) won the 2009 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Original Script, and grabbed eight SF Fringe Awards, including Best New Comedy. He is the recipient of The 2014 PlayGround Fellowship.
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246 Van Ness Avenue (corner of Van Ness and Grove)
San Francisco, CA 94102
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