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The Dramatists Guild Institute

The Dramatists Guild Institute The Dramatists Guild Institute is a series of classes & workshops taught by prominent educators and Because a large number of our members contact us regularly for guidance and advice on writing classes, writing workshops, writing groups, master-classes, etc., we began thinking, and then designing a curriculum that would combine our DG Academy (playwriting seminars here at the Guild) and DG Conservatory (musical theatre writing seminars) for a variety of extended educational classes (anything from a long weekend to something more rigorous that's 8-10 weeks in duration).

These classes would be offered to Guild and non-Guild members, with Guild members receiving a significant reduction in tuition. All of our classes will be taught by prominent educators and master teachers.

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Contemporary musicals stand on the shoulders of the classics of the American musical theatre canon, respecting its craft...
02/23/2022

Contemporary musicals stand on the shoulders of the classics of the American musical theatre canon, respecting its craft and traditions, but reimagining or subverting them.

In The Dramatists Guild Institute's Flip the Canon with Cheryl C***s, students study pairings of musicals that are in dialogue with one another across time.

This specialty elective workshop focuses on innovation: how each musical is both a reflection of the time in which it was a created and a step forward in the evolution of the form.

Join the waitlist: https://forms.zohopublic.com/DramatistsGuild/form/DGIWaitlist/formperma/5hfklqoSlbODxYa5LFT7qOeAaQ5Eok1V7kovAFVJeCI

Discover a more gender-expansive and culturally-inclusive view of contemporary theatre in Architecture of Plays: Focus o...
02/20/2022

Discover a more gender-expansive and culturally-inclusive view of contemporary theatre in Architecture of Plays: Focus on Trans Narratives!
https://www.dginstitute.org/spring-2022/architecture-of-plays-focus-on-trans-narratives

This spring at The Dramatists Guild Institute, award-winning theatre maker and educator Azure D. Osborne-Lee (he/they) leads this brand new course focusing on plays by and about trans and gender non-conforming (TGNC) people.

Did you think your job was done when you finished writing your play or musical? Think again. Join us this semester at Th...
02/16/2022

Did you think your job was done when you finished writing your play or musical? Think again. Join us this semester at The Dramatists Guild Institute for The Artist as CEO with Tari Stratton and Ralph Sevush!

Register: https://www.dginstitute.org/spring-2022/artist-as-ceo

The Artist as CEO will open your eyes to tools that are essential for taking control of your career, from the smallest details of your development as a writer, to the bigger business and legal principles every writer should be aware of.

Staring at the blank page can be daunting. Whether you're writing your first play or play 50, it's not always easy to ge...
02/14/2022

Staring at the blank page can be daunting. Whether you're writing your first play or play 50, it's not always easy to get started.

Core Skills: First Draft at The Dramatists Guild Institute will guide you through the development of that sometimes-elusive first draft!
https://www.dginstitute.org/spring-2022/core-skills-first-draft

Award-winning playwright Andrea Lepcio will share prompts and exercises to help you begin a play or clarify your vision for a play you have already begun.

Sometimes the most exciting ideas can come from risks taken during a first draft; once you take the pressure off yourself to create something ‘perfect’ as you’re writing, you can find new threads, new meanings, and deeper connection to your work.

Would you like to have an extensive character development toolbox to draw from for the duration of your playwriting care...
02/13/2022

Would you like to have an extensive character development toolbox to draw from for the duration of your playwriting career?

Do you want to learn strategies for creating non-expositional, character-specific dialogue that prevents your characters from sounding alike?

This spring at The Dramatists Guild Institute, discover how to create lucid yet unique and complicated three-dimensional characters in Crafting Character with Sheri Wilner!

https://www.dginstitute.org/spring-2022/crafting-character

Whether you’re revising a completed draft of a play, or at the early stages of beginning a new one, the course’s exercises and discussions are sure to help you strengthen your craft.

Discover the art of writing lyrics in Word Crazy with John Dietrich!https://www.dginstitute.org/spring-2022/word-crazyA ...
02/11/2022

Discover the art of writing lyrics in Word Crazy with John Dietrich!

https://www.dginstitute.org/spring-2022/word-crazy

A vibrant mixture of analysis and craft, this class reflects on the lives, philosophies, and words of important musical theatre lyricists while also giving students the chance to explore the nuts and bolts of lyric writing from rhyme to scansion to prosody.

You'll get to examine how others wrote lyrics while simultaneously uncovering how you do it. By the end of the course, you will have written first drafts of approximately eight song lyrics.

This spring semester, our roster includes 11 online classes including 3 musical theatre classes. Acquire a foundational ...
02/06/2022

This spring semester, our roster includes 11 online classes including 3 musical theatre classes.

Acquire a foundational knowledge of lyric writing, explore the making of a musical, & more.

Register for a class today!

https://www.dginstitute.org/spring-2022

Early bird pricing is now open for all DGI students and DG members!This spring, turn over a new leaf at the Dramatists G...
02/01/2022

Early bird pricing is now open for all DGI students and DG members!

This spring, turn over a new leaf at the Dramatists Guild Institute -- retool your craft and embrace new possibilities in your own dramatic writing career.

Discover our spring classes: https://www.dginstitute.org/

Our online classes begin on Monday, March 7. We look forward to seeing you in class this spring.

Learn how to create your own podcast!https://www.dginstitute.org/lecture-seriesWriting/Pitching for Audio DramaInstructo...
11/03/2021

Learn how to create your own podcast!

https://www.dginstitute.org/lecture-series

Writing/Pitching for Audio Drama
Instructor: Crystal Skillman
Special Guest: Sarah Storm (producer of Hello Monday and This is Working podcasts at LinkedIn)

Saturday, November 13
Eastern Time: 1pm - 6pm
Central Time: 12pm - 5pm
Mountain Time: 11am - 4pm
Pacific Time: 10am - 3pm

Join award-winning dramatist and podcast writer Crystal Skillman - and special guest Sarah Storm- for a five hour online intensive on how to create a fictional podcast series.

This intensive is the second in The Dramatists Guild Institute's new "Perspectives" lecture series, which highlights a variety of dramatic writers discussing a particular topic of interest.

The workshop will explore how to create the world of your series, plot episodically, and create a beat sheet for your pilot. It will also go over the basics of creating a treatment, deck, and how to talk about your series.

In addition, the intensive will cover what to do when a playwright already has intellectual property in their possession; what happens when the podcast series, or idea, comes from a play that they've already written?

It's not too late to sign up. Our Fall Semester starts today, September 13. Have you registered for our New Foundation C...
09/13/2021

It's not too late to sign up. Our Fall Semester starts today, September 13. Have you registered for our New Foundation Courses?

Remember that reading plays can be as enlightening and beneficial to your work as writing them. This fall, we’re thrilled to offer two new Architecture of Plays sections that will introduce you to writers and writing techniques that can completely transform how you think about writing.

Learn more and register for a class today!
www.dginstitute.org

Starts September 13

Architecture of Plays: Focus on Disability
with Anita Hollander

In this class, led by award-winning playwright/actor Anita Hollander, students will examine and discuss plays from John Sefel’s new book, At the Intersection of Disability & Drama: A Critical Anthology Of New Plays.

Starts September 16

Architecture of Plays: Latine/Latinx Writers
with Caridad Svich

Readings in this class have been selected to reflect the variety of works by Latine/Latinx writers who have expanded, and often rebelled against the idea of the 'well-made' play and 'conventional' structure.

Starts September 14

Responding Critically (and productively) to Plays
with Pandora Scooter

In this 10-week course, Pandora Scooter will provide students with a productive, positive, and critically informed method for offering feedback to fellow playwrights.

Classes start Sep 13! Register today as we welcome back some of our favorite DGI courses!Learn more and register at www....
09/12/2021

Classes start Sep 13! Register today as we welcome back some of our favorite DGI courses!

Learn more and register at www.dginstitute.org.

Starts Sep 18

Architecture of Musicals: The Pulitzers
with Cheryl C***s
In this 10-week class we’ll explore the musicals that have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and other musical works that were contenders. We’ll look at how each musical is in dialogue with the American landscape in the decade in which it received the award.

Starts Sep 19

Core Skills: Dramatic Action
with Andrea Lepcio
From beat to tactic to action to reaction, Core Skills: Dramatic Action explores building story through what characters do and don’t do. We will investigate character motivation from wants, desires, needs, avoidance, panic, resistance, and any other triggers.

Starts Sep 14

Re-Vision
with Sheri Wilner
In this ten-week writing workshop, students who have completed a draft of a play will learn how to develop a checklist of questions to ask about their completed drafts in order to identify the key dramaturgical issues that need to be addressed, create a revision plan for their scripts, and workshop revised scenes from their plays.

Starts Sep 16

Strategies for Adaptation
with Tim J. Lord
Strategies for Adaptation is an intro course that will explore methods and strategies for adapting classical texts for our 21st Century stages. Students will break source texts down by considering their themes, characters, settings, stories, and styles.

Starts Sep 19

Telling Story through Design
with Gregory Pulver, Shannon Robert, Kristeen Willis
Three professional designers will share their years of expertise with designing for new plays, discussing the basic elements of design and how that intersects with a dramatist’s ideal of visual storytelling.

Starts Sep 16

Word Crazy: The Art of Creating Lyrics
with John Dietrich
The goal of this course will be to acquire a foundational knowledge of the craft of lyric writing while continuously and simultaneously exercising the muscles needed to become more confident and impassioned about what is being put onto the page before us.

Our Fall Semester starts Monday, Sept 13! It's not too late to sign up! Register for a class today!www.dginstitute.orgNe...
09/12/2021

Our Fall Semester starts Monday, Sept 13! It's not too late to sign up! Register for a class today!

www.dginstitute.org

New Writing Workshops!

Starts Sep 15

Singular Sensation: Writing a One-Person Show
with Lucy Wang
In this ten-week workshop, we will explore what it is you want to share with the world, and develop compelling one-person shows, using a mix of narration, comedy, physical expression, and dialogue.

Starts Sep 14

Writing from Research
with Matthew Paul Olmos
This course will focus on how to incorporate research into your work without overwhelming your audience or getting bogged down in exposition.

Starts Sep 18

Writing Plays that explore Race, Gender, Sexuality, Religion, and Popular Culture
with James Anthony Tyler
This course will focus on writing plays that explore the social constructions of race, gender, sexuality, religion, and popular culture.

Starts Sep 20

Unbreak Your Heartbreak Play
with Jonathan Norton
Through a series of group discussions and writing exercises, we will explore the original impulse that led to the creation of our heartbreak plays and investigate the fears and self-doubt that led to their abandonment.

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Experience the making of an American musical, from the first words on the page to the final preview at the theatre in The Dramatists Guild Institute's The American Musical: Created to be Produced. https://www.dginstitute.org/spring-2022/the-american-musical-created-to-be-produced In this online course, Daniel and Patrick Lazour give insight into the writing of an original musical work and offer practical advice to help your creative impulse become concretized in a full-scale production. Each three-hour session hones in on an essential step in getting a musical to the stage. The class is highly creative and highly practical, and relies on the expectation that musicals are made to be produced.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2 DuoLogue: A Conversation with Doug Wright and Franky Gonzalez Eastern Time: 6pm – 7:30pm Central Time: 5pm – 6:30pm Mountain Time: 4pm– 5:30pm Pacific Time: 3pm – 4:30pm "Doug has been such a tremendous mentor to me that to have this chance to do a DuoLogue with him is nothing short of a dream come true." - Franky Gonzalez "Franky was a student of mine, and I immediately recognized him as a fellow creature of the theatre, just like me, who devoured plays for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I can't wait to chat with him." - Doug Wright Join Franky Gonzalez and Doug Wright TOMORROW for a new DuoLogue series presented by The Dramatists Guild Institute! https://www.dramatistsguild.com/news/dgi-presents-duologues-20 The Guild's DuoLogues seminar series was established to share craft, industry knowledge, and theatrical insights with the DG membership through collaborative conversations, rather than through standard interviews. We hope that the DuoLogue discussions will lead to deeper insights into the writers’ process and will inspire you to create. These conversations are FREE and open to all.
Join The Dramatists Guild Institute for a new DuoLogue series featuring conversations with Doug Wright, Franky Gonzalez, Kia Corthron and Chisa Hutchinson! https://www.dramatistsguild.com/news/dgi-presents-duologues-20 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2 DuoLogue: A Conversation with Doug Wright and Franky Gonzalez Eastern Time: 6pm – 7:30pm Central Time: 5pm – 6:30pm Mountain Time: 4pm– 5:30pm Pacific Time: 3pm – 4:30pm TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7 DuoLogue: A Conversation with Kia Corthron and Chisa Hutchinson Eastern Time: 6pm – 7:30pm Central Time: 5pm – 6:30pm Mountain Time: 4pm– 5:30pm Pacific Time: 3pm – 4:30pm The Guild's DuoLogues seminar series was established to share craft, industry knowledge, and theatrical insights with the DG membership through collaborative conversations, rather than through standard interviews. We hope that the DuoLogue discussions will lead to deeper insights into the writers’ process and will inspire you to create. These conversations are FREE and open to all.
Thank you Katherine Murphy for terrific stuff in our March 1 eBlast! Check it out for news, updates & opportunities #pwopp - and an invitation to those of you who'd like to join us as part of LAFPI's communications team! We hope to see you this Sunday March 7 for our LAFPI Micro-Read Hook-Up: "Flip the Script" and shout outs to Honor Roll!, Brie Eley's Here and Ready, THE ROAD Theatre Company, Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, Fade To Black Play Festival Script Submissions - Open 02/01/2021 - 04/01/2021, Athena Project Arts, The Dramatists Guild Institute, The Orchard Project, Women's Media Center, Austin Film Festival, The Dramatists Guild of America #endofplay, CultureHub, Echo Theater Company, Whitefire Theatre, Santa Monica Playhouse, Towne Street Theatre, Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble, Horizon Theatre Company and more. https://mailchi.mp/75f5fdea9bd4/march-eblast-from-lafpi?e=d6bd46f9a9
Amplifying from the The Dramatists Guild Institute. Many great offerings here, especially from Maestra member Masi Asare. A DGI NATIONAL TEACH-IN FOR ART & HEALING FRIDAY, FEB 26 - SUNDAY, FEB 28 Designed to help theatre professionals of all disciplines keep their artistic spirits kindled during this long, difficult winter lockdown.
Registration is now open for The Dramatists Guild Institute Summer Session: Part Two! https://www.dginstitute.org/summer-2020
The Dramatists Guild Institute has added new sections to two sold out summer courses!
Registration is OPEN for The Dramatists Guild Institute Summer Session 2020. View our online courses and sign up now! https://zurl.co/YZZQ
Join us for The Dramatists Guild Institute's very first online summer semester! Learn more: https://www.dginstitute.org/summer-2020
High school teachers, students, and any and all aspiring Playwrights of Facebook: Gary Garrison's (director of The Dramatists Guild Institute) book A Younger Ten: Writing the Ten-Minute Play is available for $10 off with free shipping until 3/10/20 (limit 1 per order)! Order here https://bit.ly/2SVJqmo
Classes start today for The Dramatists Guild Institute's Spring 2020 semester!