Playwriting II

Do you have the beginnings of a play but crave support to finish a draft? Or do you have the outline for a play and want help transitioning into a draft? Or do you have a collection of moments or snippets of scenes and crave guidance expanding them into full scenes? If so, then this class led by Laura Schellhardt is for you! Over the course of 6 weeks, we’ll take the material you’ve already envisioned and shape it into a more robust, more active story for the stage.

This class will take place online via Zoom – participants must be able to attend the class in real time, as it will not be recorded. Links will be sent prior to the class.

DATES: 6 sessions: Wednesdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8

TIME: 6:00 – 9:00 pm

COST: $360

CAP: 10 students

Playwriting II will take place virtually over Zoom. A Zoom link will be sent to registrants via email with the rest of the class materials prior to the start of the session.

About the Instructor

Laura Schellhardt is a Chicago-based playwright and adaptor. Her original works include Ever in the Glades, Digging Up Dessa, The Handbook, Light Years Away, Upright Grand, Air Guitar High, Auctioning the Ainsleys, The Apothecary’s Daughter, The K of D, Courting Vampires, Shapeshifter, Inheritance, and Je Ne Sais Quoi. Adaptations include The Phantom Tollbooth, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, The Outfit, and Creole Folktales. She is also the author of Screenwriting for Dummies. Schellhardt is a two-time Jeff Award nominee, a recipient of the AATE Distinguished Play Award, the New Frontiers Commission, the TCG National Playwriting Residency, the Jerome Fellowship, the New Play Award from ACT in Seattle, and a Dramatist Guild Playwriting Fellowship. She has participated in the SoHo Rep Writer/Director Lab, the Women Playwrights Festival at SRC, The Kennedy Center’s New Voices/New Visions Festival, The Bonderman TYA Symposium, The Ojai New Play Conference, The Denver Center New Play Summit, The Bay Area Theatre Festival, and the O’Neill National Playwright’s Festival among others. She received her graduate degree from Brown University, under the tutelage of Paula Vogel. Laura is a former Victory Gardens Resident Playwright and the MC-10 Playwrights Collective. She currently oversees the undergraduate playwriting program in the Department of Theatre at Northwestern University.

Administrative Office

3759 N. Ravenswood Avenue
Suite 124
Chicago, IL 60613

Performance Venue

Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60657
Box Office: 773.975.8150

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