Our curriculum and instructors are as follows:
11am-12:00 How to Write a Play that a Producer Wants to Produce - dramaturgical principles taught by Diana Amsterdam
12:00-12:30 How to Tackle the Business of Playwriting - taught by Diana Amsterdam
Getting an agent, submitting work, the difference between nonprofit and commercial venues, unusual ways to get your work noticed.
12:30-1:30pm Practical Considerations: What Things Cost, What Producers Look For - practical guidelines taught by Patrick Blake
1:30-2:30 Lunch Break
2:30-3:45 Getting to the Essence: A Good Synopsis and How to Pitch It - taught by Bob Ost and Gary Hughes, working with each writer individually to discover the compelling essence of your work
3:45-4:30 Practicing Your Pitch - taught by Gillien Goll
Reducing Stress, Increasing Confidence
Physical Ed: Body Language, Focus, Eye Contact
Pitching with Passion
4:45-5:30 Identifying Your Market - an inter-active "pitch" session with feedback from producers Pat Addiss, Margot Astrachan and Patricia Klausner.
Participants receive the Practical Playwright's Guide: A Take-Home Handout -- including exercises in Play Structure and Story Truths, Examples of Query Letters, Loglines, and Synopses; Costs of Various Components of a Production including Actors' Fees, Costumes, Sets and More; a list of great New York theaters for rent; Invaluable Websites for Playwrights, and a list of Playwright Workshops.