Playwriting I

A great class for anyone who loves to write for the stage or who’d like to try it out. Writers will explore many ways to craft a theatrical story. We’ll read plays from different eras, tackle weekly writing exercises, and ultimately craft a collection of scenes and monologues that could inspire one or more original plays. Beginning writers are welcome as are more seasoned writers looking to practice their craft in this class with Laura Schellhardt

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

DATES: 6 sessions, Wednesdays June 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26

TIME: 6:00-9:00PM

COST: $360


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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