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We invite the most exciting and successful theatrical voices to share their talent and craft directly with you in an intimate class setting both in-person and online.

Offerings range from one day master classes to multi-week courses for theater artists and enthusiasts of all experience levels.

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Why are our online classes different from others?

(1) All instructors are live and you can interact with them directly. They have crafted their curriculum specifically for us - to make best use of the online format and our system. It's like being in the classroom without having to leave your home (or your PJs!).

(2) All online classes are limited to 12 students or less to insure individual attention.

(3) We use Zoom, a professional, high quality, stable connection online meeting service used primarily by business to hold meetings nationally and internationally - not an unreliable, free email or social networking based service. Zoom does not require the purchase of special software or a particular operating system. As long as your computer has a mic (so we can hear you) and speakers (so you can hear us) then you can participate easily. Prior to class, we send you a one-click link, you simply click, and everything you need automatically appears. The classroom screen is arranged like The Brady Bunch credit sequence; you can see each person in the class in their own box, or you simply click one button to only see the speaker. This system has the intimacy of one-on-one instruction combined with the option to connect with all class members. 

Here is what our students say about our classes: 

"I take PlayPenn classes because I'm eager for inspiration and creative challenges, which the classes provide in a positive, nurturing environment." -Mark C.

"PlayPenn classes are unlike any other - they rip off the fancy dressing and get down to the pragmatic brass tacks [of writing and creating new work]. The instuctors are hugely supportive and at the same time realistic in a way that was useful but didn't crush dreams. I can't wait to take another PlayPenn course." -Deirdre F.

"You will be able to plunge in immdiately with exerciss and the teachers really listen to you." -Andre W.

"The PlayPenn faculty members were well-organized, focused and extraordinarily helpful in their critiques. I am looking forward to learning even more in future PlayPenn classes." -Jane D.


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Previous Classes:

  • Working with Images and Objects with Christine Evans
  • Writiing in Community with Jack Tamburri and Jeremy Gable
  • Navigating the Industry with Jeremy Stoller (online)
  • Writing for Performers: Plays and Screenplays with John Yearley
  • Collaborative Writing for All Theater Artists with Applied Mechanics
  • An Introduction to Dramaturgy with Michele Volansky (online)
  • Jumpstart the Play with Lauren Yee (online)
  • Writing Adaptations with Ken Urban 
  • Writing Great Characters with Lori Fischer (online)
  • Seven Week Workshop with Davis Jacobi
  • Nuts & Bolts: Playwriting 101 with Jacqueline Goldfinger (online)
  • Auditioning and Acting in New Plays with Lynnette R. Freeman
  • Getting Inspired! with Jonathon Norton (online)
  • Writing Autobiographically with Sheri Wilner
  • Writing Strong Applications with Stefanie Zadravec (online)
  • The Drawer Plays: Radical Rewriting & Reclamation with Liz Duffy Adams (online)
  • The Living Play Masterclas with Steven Dietz
  • Comedy Making with The Berserker Residents
  • Seven Week Workshop with Lauren Feldman
  • Speed Analysis: How to read plays quickly and efficiently for all theater artists with Benjamin Kamine
  • Introduction to Writing a Book for a Musical with John Weidman
  • Writing Outside Your Experience with Kirsten Greenidge (online)
  • Revision Master Class with J.T. Rogers
  • Introduction to Solo Work with Nilaja Sun
  • How to Advocate for Your Plays and Build a Community of Collaborators with Jeremy Stoller
  • Playwrights Alchemy: Finding Inspiration and Creating New Work with David Jacobi
  • Creating Conflict and Structuring the Compelling Arguement with Richard Caliban
  • Writing the Short Play with Pia Wilson
  • Inspired by Current Events: Creating Work Based on Real Life with Ken Urban
  • The Debate Society Method with Oliver Butler
  • Self-Producing Workshop with Jess Conda and Jack Tamburri (returning class)
  • Seven Week Workshop with Quinn Eli
  • Adaptation with Jacqueline Goldfinger
  • Playwriting 101: Character Creation, Dramatic Structure and More! with Ken Urban
  • Seven Week Workshop with MJ Kaufman
  • Writing and Staging Political and Activist Theater with Donna Kaz
  • Traveling Masters with Melissa James Gibson
  • Seven Week Workshop with David Lee White
  • Writing Ecstatically, Poetically and Purposefully with Stefanie Zadravec
  • Self-Producing Workshop with Jess Conda and Jack Tamburri
  • Comedy Writing with Jen Childs
  • Living On-Stage: Playwright-Designer Collaboration with Rebecca Wright, Maria Shaplin and Lauren Feldman
  • Playwriting Workshop: Visual Metaphor - Creating a Magical Object with Sherry Kramer
  • Children of the Internet Revolution: Writing and Creating Web Series with Adam Szymkowicz (online)
  • New Play Slam: Fostering Actor/Playwright Collaboration with Krista Apple-Hodge and Jacqueline Goldfinger
  • Everyone is a Writer: Getting the Subconscious onto the Page with John Yearley
  • So You Wrote a Play, Now What? with Abigail Katz (returning class)
  • Found in Translation: Television Writing for Theatre Artists with Francine Volpe 
  • Dramaturging the New Play with Kittson O'Neill
  • Playwriting in a Flash with Jacqueline Goldfinger
  • Getting Out of Your Own Way or Making Your Play Better with J.T. Rogers -reprised!
  • Writing Strong Applications with Stefanie Zadravec (online) -reprised!
  • Ides of March Bootcamp with Paula Vogel
  • Writing Strong Applications with Stefanie Zadravec (online)
  • Writing Suddenly and Abundantly with Erik Ehn
  • Workshop Whirlwind 2013 with Deborah Zoe Laufer, Kittson O'Neill, and Sean Daniels
  • Spring Plantings: a Practical Workshop on Inspiration with Michele Volansky (returning class)
  • The Character on the Page: Acting and the New Play with Dan Hodge
  • What Makes This Medium Different From All Other Mediums? with Lisa Kron
  • So You Wrote a Play, Now What? with Abigail Katz (returning class)
  • Writing Empathy with Sam Hunter
  • Directing the New Play with Hal Brooks
  • Workshop Whirlwind 2012 with Liz Duffy Adams, Michele Volansky, and Rick DesRochers
  • Spring Plantings: a Practical Workshop on Inspiration with Michele Volansky
  • The Deadline with Craig Lucas
  • Writing for Actors with John Yearley
  • Exploding Blocks and Inspiring Next Steps with Morgan Jenness
  • Playwright/Director Collaboration with Jackson Gay
  • The No-Bull, Hard-Headed Playwriting Weekend with Jeffrey Sweet
  • Workshop Whirlwind 2011 with Lauren Yee, Rebecca Wright, and Rick DesRochers
  • So You Wrote a Play, Now What? with Abigail Katz
  • Master Class with Lee Blessing
  • Playwriting Fundamentals or Facing the Blank Page with Bruce Graham
  • Comedy Tonight with Michael Hollinger
  • The Art of Adaptation with Jeffrey Hatcher
  • Getting Out of Your Own Way or Making Your Play Better with J.T. Rogers
  • The Plot and the Plot Thickens with Michael Hollinger
  • Writing Plays From History with Thomas Gibbons


Is there a playwright you would like to study with? A specific area of playwriting (or working on the new play) that you would like to focus on? If you have a suggestion for us or would like to be informed about future class offerings please email Jacqueline Goldfinger, Director of Education at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cancellation/refund policy

As you know, PlayPenn is always working to secure amazing artists to teach our classes and our teachers often go out of their way to fit teaching with us into their busy work schedules. Our class sizes are limited to support individual attention, and as such, we are not able to offer refunds if you are unable to attend. So, before you register and pay, make sure you've cleared space on your calendar so that you can guarantee your opportunity to work with our master artists! In very extreme circumstances, we may need to cancel a class for reasons beyond our control and will offer full refunds.  


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