ACT's Winter Intro to Playwriting Class

ACT's Winter Intro to Playwriting Class#1
Posted: 12/22/11 at 5:41pm
ACT’s Adult Playwrights Program - Winter 2012

If you have ever wanted to learn the art of playwriting and have the support to grow your ideas, here is your chance! Intro to Playwriting is for beginners or any playwright who wants to revisit the basics. This fun interactive course will explore character development, dialogue, conflict in action and more. Every participant will write scenes under the guidance of local playwrights and YPP teaching artists, Kristina Sutherland and Emily Conbere. The class will conclude with a showcase of student work; professional actors will read from selected scenes at a public event at ACT!
Class Dates: Sundays, January 8 - February 19, 2012,12:45 PM – 2:45 PM. Showcase of student work performed by professional actors February 23, 2012. All classes and showcase at ACT, 700 Union Street, Seattle, WA 98101
Early Registration Cost: $350 - Deposit received by December 30, 2011*
Regular Registration Cost: $400 - Deposit received after December 30, 2011*
ACT Member Price: $325
*A non-refundable deposit of $75 guarantees your spot in the course. Full payment for the APP is due January 10, 2012.
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Register online at or by calling the ticket office at 206-292-7676

Instructor Bios
Kristina Sutherland is the Director of Education at ACT and the co-founder and Artistic Director of Macha Monkey Productions. She is the author of several plays most recently THEBES and the co-creator of four plays with Desiree Prewitt: Nancy, Frank, and Joe (nominated for the American Theatre Critics Association Award 2009 and a Gregory Award for playwriting in 2010) The Cowgirl Play, R (The Swashbuckling Tale of Anne Bonny and Mary Read) and Live Girls Do Elektra. These works have been produced in Seattle, across Canada in numerous fringe theatre festivals, and in Albuquerque’s Revolutions Festival.

Emily Conbere has been a playwright in residence with Youngblood at EST, East River Commedia, Mabou Mines Theater, and ALT Opera in New York. Emily has had opera productions at the Kansas City Art Institute, Symphony Space and PS122 in NY. Her plays and musicals have been produced at PS122, Ensemble Studio Theater, Collective Unconscious, and other NY venues; as well as The Southern Theater (MN) and Williamstown Summer Theater. Emily's play "The Scholar" was presented at the State Theater of Bielefeld in Germany and published with S. Fischer Verlag in 2008. Emily was a finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2008 and for the Creative Capital Grant, 2009; and a recipient of the Sloan grant, a MacDowell Colony fellowship and a Tofte Lake Artist Residency. Her one-act play “Slapped Actress” is published in the Best American Short Plays Anthology 2008-2009 by Applause Books. She has an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University.

All profit from the APP will help to fund the 2012 Young Playwrights Program providing much needed assistance to at least one low-income Puget Sound school that could not otherwise afford the program.

The Young Playwrights Program, ACT’s flagship education program, sends professional playwright/teaching artists into Puget Sound schools for ten weeks to teach the basics of playwriting. ACT’s YPP equips participants with tools for creative self-expression, endowing them with self-confidence and the sense that their ideas—about themselves, their world, and the challenges they face—matter, and their voices will be heard.

“ACT has shown me how to take an idea and make a world.”
—Ellie Drayton, Seattle Girls’ School


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