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FOUNDATION COURSES

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Please note: each writer in the Institute will need to take The Architecture of Plays and The Artist as CEO before advancing to the more accelerated writing workshops. These courses can be taken simultaneously, and in the same semester as your first writing workshop in the Institute.


The Architecture of Plays

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This is a course designed to acquaint dramatists at all levels of writing with a variety of dramatic structures that playwrights use in their narrative storytelling that enliven the world of their stories. The primary goal of this course is two fold: to understand how writers structure their stories to enhance all the elements of compelling storytelling and to build a critical vocabulary that will be useful when a writer discusses their own creative work in a workshop or production environment. We’ll look at different styles of storytelling, genres, techniques and alternative approaches to writing dramatic texts that will be helpful in discussion with future collaborators. And finally, the course will explore alternatives to traditional basic dramatic structure (i.e., the well made play), in such a way as to reinforce the strengths and weaknesses of what some consider the primary form.

Instructor: Gary Garrison
Meeting time:  Mondays, 6:30-8:30 pm
Location: The Rodgers Room, 1501 Broadway, 7th floor
Fee: $225 (DG members) $425 (non-members)
Duration: 10 weeks
Start Date: September 12, 2016
End Date: November 21, 2016
Limit: 25 Students

*Note: there is no class on October 3, in observance of Rosh Hashanah. There is class on October 10 (Columbus Day) and October 31 (Halloween).


The Artist as C.E.O.

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Did you think your job was done when you finished your play or musical? Think again. The Artist as CEO will open your eyes to tools essential for taking control of your career.  Topic covered include: The Cover Letter, Bios & Resumes, Synopsis Writing, Formatting Software, The Art of Submission, Social Media Tips, Building a Professional Support Network, Proofing with your Brain, Scheduling & Time Management, Managing Your Collaborative Relationships, Theatrical Citizenry, Contracts 101 plus the Dramatists Bill of Rights. Course instructors to include members of the Guild’s Creative & Business Affairs Departments, plus other invited guests.

Instructors: Roland Tec, Tari Stratton, special guests
Meeting time: Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm
Location: The Rodgers Room, 1501 Broadway, 7th floor
Fee: $225 (DG members) $425 (non-members)
Duration: 10 weeks
Start Date: September 13, 2016
End Date: November 22, 2016
Limit: 25 Students

*Note: there is no class on October 11, in observance of Yom Kippur.  


Music Fundamentals for Writers (Online Course)

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Ever wish as a wordsmith you could find the language to really communicate more effectively with your composer? This 10-week course will cover basics of music notation, ear training, melody, harmony and song structure. Conducted online, participants must have access to a laptop or a computer with a video cam attachment. Weekly group singing exercises and listening exercises round out this online course designed for playwrights, lyricists and librettists.

Instructor: Roland Tec
Meeting time: Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Location: Online
Fee: $225 (DG members) $425 (non-members)
Duration: 10 weeks
Start Date: September 14, 2016
End Date: November 30, 2016
Limit: 15 students.

Note: there is no class on October 12, in observance of Yom Kippur, and November 23, in observance of Thanksgiving.


CORE WRITING WORKSHOPS


Writing Workshop I

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From the genesis of an idea, through the conception of character and structure, to focusing on the conflict, this class will offer weekly exercises, constructive feedback, deadlines, support and community to get through that first draft of your new play. At some point in the class process, actors outside of class and drawn from the Manhattan community will be used to read your work. Class size is limited to 12, and every effort will be made to match skill levels among participants.

Instructor: Stefanie Zadravec
Meeting time: Sundays, 6:30-9:30 pm
Location: The Rodgers Room, 1501 Broadway, 7th floor
Fee: $425 (DG members) $595 (non-members)
Duration: 10 weeks
Start Date: September 11, 2016
End Date: November 20, 2016
Limit: 12 students.

Note, there is no class on October 2, in observance of Rosh Hashanah.


Musical Theatre Songwriting for the Composer-Lyricist

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Join Tony Award-winning Mark Hollmann (Urinetown) to explore how to be your own best collaborator as a composer-lyricist.  Using students' prior work as well as class songwriting assignments, we will examine the mar-riage of music and lyrics, the art of rewriting, and getting the most out of your bookwriter, director and musical director in the creation of musical theater.

Instructor: Mark Hollmann
Meeting time: Thursdays, 6:30-9:30
Location: The Rodgers Room, 1501 Broadway, 7th floor
Fee: $425 (DG members) $595 (non-members)
Duration: 10 weeks
Start Date: September 15, 2016
End Date: November 17, 2016
Limit: 12 students


SPECIALTY WORKSHOPS


Creating Your Own Solo Performance: From the Blank Page to the Stage

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This course will help the artist find the story he or she wants to tell and explore the various writing techniques that can be utilized in creating that piece.  Through writing exercises done in class, a story will begin to emerge and take shape.  The piece can include any of the artist's special talents - music, dance, etc. - or  it can simply be spoken word.  As a basic reference text we will use Jo Bonney's Extreme Exposure - a collection of solo pieces by artists spanning the last several decades. The 10-week course culminates in a showcase of readings of excerpts from the work of each participant.

Instructor: Gretchen Cryer
Meeting time: Mondays, 2-5 pm
Location:  The Rodgers Room, 1501 Broadway, 7th floor
Fee: $425  (DG members) $595  (non-members)
Duration: 10 weeks
Start Date: September 12, 2016
End Date: November 21, 2016
Limit: 15 students.

*Note: there is no class on October 3, in observance of Rosh Hashanah. There is class on October 10 (Columbus Day) and October 31 (Halloween).