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with Lauren Yee

Great for beginning writers who want to tackle their first plays or more experienced writers who want to build a framework for their next play more quickly.

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lauren headshot 3 e1282900816387"The PlayPenn class was useful in the best sense. The instructor was professional and personable. The other participants were serious. It's my highest praise." -Pat C., 2016 Student

"PlayPenn workshops are challenging and energizing. In addition to the learning and skills practice, one interacts with accomplished national theater artists. For me, it's a major part of my development." -David N., 2016 Student

Join PlayPenn and Lincoln Center Playwright Lauren Yee for an adventure into the invigorating unknown.

Taking the first step in a play can be paralyzing. It may be you don't know the way in. Or you have too many ideas to settle on just one. In this course, students will explore unexpected source material and playwriting techniques that will help them jumpstart a brand new play.

We will explore how to create formally inventive, idiosyncratic worlds that reflect your voice as a writer by casting the playwright in the role of the explorer. How can a unique launch point influence a play's characters, world, voice, and structure? What means of attack can one use to illuminate subject matter in surprising ways? The course will mine outside sources, such as mythology, pop culture, and current events, for answers to these questions.

Students will start with nothing but their imaginations and finish the class with an exciting roadmap for your next playwriting adventure as well as a reserve of scenes, monologues, and ideas. 

Class size will be limited to insure individual attention.


WHEN: Friday, May 5 and Mondays, May 8 and 22 from 7-10pm (EST)

Scheduling Conflict? We will record each class session and make it available to you on a private, view only (no download) site for 48 hours after each class session. This recording is only to be used for you for reference purposes, and to keep up with the class if you must miss an evening.

WHERE: Online. We will use It is a very simple system. You will receive a link prior to class. You click the link and are taken to a site that has multiple boxes (like The Brady Bunch opening credits) where you can see and chat with everyone in the class. You must have a working internet connection and a computer that has both speakers (so you can hear the teaching artist) and a microphone (so they can hear you; be advised, some computer systems require you purchase a headset to use the microphone). If you would like to investigate the system before registering for the class, check out: PlayPenn covers the cost of using the system but you are expected to participate independently. We typically use DropBox to share our work, if sharing is required in the class.

KYProduction 09 tnBIO: Lauren Yee holds a BA from Yale and a MFA in Playwriting from UCSD. She was a Dramatists Guild fellow, a MacDowell fellow, a member of the Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group, a Playwrights Center Core Writer and a Page One Resident at Playwrights Realm. Her work has been seen and developed by Cleveland Public, Goodman Theater, Lincoln Center/LCT3, San Francisco Playhouse, Mu Performing Arts, Second Stage Theatre, Centerstage, Orlando Shakespeare, Kitchen Dog, and many others. Lauren is a member of the Ma-Yi Theatre Writers Lab. She is currently under commission from the Denver Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Lincoln Center, Mixed Blood, Portland Center Stage, South Coast Rep and Trinity Rep. For more information, see her website:

(Pictured: Lauren's King of the Yees at Goodman Theatre in Chicago.)

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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.

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