Writing for Performers: Plays & Screenplays
with John Yearley
Join PlayPenn Conference Playwright/Performer and Screenwriter John Yearley for an exploration of how to use your performance skills to write plays and screenplays!
Perfect for performers of all experience levels!
"PlayPenn offers wonderful resources to keep growing in the craft of acting and playwriting." -Jill
"PlayPenn Education builds an atmosphere of cultivation, where writers are encouraged to learn by experimentation without fear of failure, because everybody's working towards the same goal - telling the story in the most effective way possible." -Steve U.
So many performers want to write but are unsure of how to start. Others are intimidated. But why should that be? Some of our greatest playwrights started as actors. Many of the skills needed to be a good playwright – understanding of character, dialogue, and the structure of scenes – are very similar to the skills needed to be a fine actor. In this class I will teach actors how to use the skills they already have to write plays and screenplays. We will start with guided exercises to help develop the writer’s voice. Then I will help each actor begin the process of writing a longer piece, finding material that excites them and a plan for how to proceed. Learning to write can deepen your work as an actor, and enrich your entire creative life.
Preparation required: One short writing exercise will be emailed to you prior to class so that we have material to begin playing with on day one.
WHEN: July 11, July 21 and July 23 from 6-9pm ET
All of our classes have limited seating to insure individual attention.
WHERE: The Drake, Proscenium Theatre, 15th and Spruce, Center City, Philadelphia (http://www.interacttheatre.org/plan-your-visit/)
BIO: John Yearley is the author of The Unrepeatable Moment (Barrow Group), Leap (Kaplan New American Play Prize, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Antigone (adaptation, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Ephemera (Gassner Award, Summer Play Festival), and Another Girl (PlayPenn, Naked Angels). His plays All in Little Pieces and A Low-Lying Fog are published by Samuel French. He is currently writing for the PBS Kids show Arthur and worked as a script doctor for New Line Cinema. He's a member of the Writer's Guild of America, the Dramatists Guild, and twice a MacDowell Fellow.
(Photo from John's Leap at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.)
In very extreme circumstances, we may need to cancel a class for reasons beyond our control and will offer full refunds. Otherwise, classes are non-refundable.