John Patrick Shanley Workshop Comes To NYC This October

After a successful workshop in Los Angeles, 16th Street Actors Studio and Australian Theatre Company continue their partnership as they present John Patrick Shanley Workshop NY featuring the new work of the Pulitzer, Tony and Academy award-winning writer and director. The workshop will take place at the Sheen Center's Loreto Theatre from October 21-25, 2018. For more details visit

This is an artist's journey into the work of one of the world's finest playwrights. An ensemble of talented actors will dive deep into the new plays of John Patrick Shanley, working hand in hand with the writer/director in a masterclass of new work, some written specifically for this Workshop. Auditors will have the opportunity to observe this fascinating process before being invited to join the conversation that follows each piece. The actors will explore a wide range of characters, switching roles, irrespective of gender, age or race to experience a new perspective as they examine the raw jangling nerve of gender, sexuality, and power in America today.

"This workshop is the essence of theatre - the collaboration between writer and actor. The audience (auditors) are integral to this workshop as they engage with Mr. Shanley and the actors, asking questions and sharing insights." - Kim Krejus, Artistic Director, 16th Street Actors Studio

John Patrick Shanley is an accomplished and award-winning writer and director who has written extensively for film and stage. His play Doubt, which opened off-Broadway in 2004, became the first of his plays to transfer to Broadway and then to the screen. The screen adaptation of Doubt, written and directed by Shanley, earned him an Academy Award and Writers Guild Award nominations for best adapted screenplay. While on Broadway, Doubt won numerous awards, including the Tony, New York Drama Critics Circle Award, The Drama League Award, the Drama Desk Award and the Pulitzer.

Shanley's original screenplays include: Five Corners, Moonstruck, for which he won an Oscar and a Writers Guild Award, The January Man, as well as Joe Versus The Volcano which he also directed. Five Corners was awarded the Special Jury Prize for screenplay at the Barcelona Film Festival. Shanley also wrote the adapted screenplay for Alive.

His long list of acclaimed plays, many of which he directed in their original productions, includes: Defiance, Savage In Limbo, The Dreamer Examines His Pillow, Beggars In the House of Plenty, Where's My Money?. Italian American Reconciliation, Four Dogs And A Bone, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea and Dirty Story, which earned Shanley a Drama Desk nomination.

16TH STREET ACTORS STUDIO has changed the landscape of actor training in Australia with their decade-strong commitment to support the artistic development and professional aspirations of actors. Their internationally renowned Masterclasses and Workshops give artists access to the best master teachers and industry professionals the world has to offer. At the heart of 16th Street lies a core belief in the values of compassion, artistic excellence and community, instilled through their founder and Artistic Director, Kim Krejus. 16th Street greatly values process and the collaboration between actors, writers and directors. It is workshops such as this which give our international industry an opportunity to come together to share, engage in robust discourse and be inspired, with the hope of encouraging a more compassionate society through connecting a global community of artists.

AUSTRALIAN THEATRE COMPANY (ATC) launched in Los Angeles on April 23, 2014. Critically acclaimed productions include Holding the Man, Speaking in Tongues, Ruben Guthrie and Grey Nomad, winner of the 2017 BroadwayWorld.Com Award for Best Play - Local Production. ATC offers international opportunities by stewarding the Australian Theatre for Young People's International Ambassador Scholarship US Showcase along with G'DAY USA, Rose Byrne and Rebel Wilson, as well as for indigenous Australian artists through the Pritchard Indigenous Artists Fund.ATC's Annual reading series has presented 17 Australian works since its launch in 2015, and in 2017 ATC partnered with 16th Street Actors Studio Australia to launch an education program that has included masterclasses with the late Elizabeth Kemp and Tony Award, Oscar and Pulitzer Prize winning writer and director, John Patrick Shanley. A truly collaborative company, ATC continues to harness the rich breadth of Australian talent in the United States along with the finest American practitioners to create a meaningful cultural exchange.

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