Certificate in Dramatic Writing

 
 

THE DRAMATISTS GUILD INSTITUTE’s CERTIFICATE IN DRAMATIC WRITING IS A RIGOROUS, progressive, 40-CREDIT CURRICULUM DESIGNED TO PREPARE PLAYWRIGHTS, COMPOSERS, LYRICISTS, AND LIBRETTISTS FOR FRUITFUL CAREERS AS PROFESSIONAL DRAMATISTS.

Please note that the Certificate Program will be accepting applicants on a ROLLING admissions basis, beginning September 2019.

LOGISTICS

We know student loan debt can be crippling, particularly for artists. The Dramatists Guild Institute Certificate in Dramatic Writing offers flexible payment plans, including a pay-as-you-go option.

METHODOLOGY

Pricing options: ONE PAYMENT of $4500 or a MONTHLY payment plan will also be available January 2020.

The certificate program does not require relocation to New York. Thanks to our online courses, the certificate can be successfully completed remotely, on a part time basis, throughout a two year period (or longer, if needed).

The courses offered under this program have been conceived by experienced and respected teachers, then tested and refined by incorporating student feedback into the course design. The core curriculum is flexible enough to accommodate students at all levels of development, but consistent enough to promote a coherent educational ethos: the simultaneous nurturing of both craft and career.

Past and current students can receive credit for courses completed prior to the establishment of the Certificate Program.

Certificate track students choose from a wide range of DGI courses and exclusive opportunities for independent study and mentorship to complete their 40 credits.


REQUIRED COURSES

All students are required to take Architecture of plays/musicals, Artist as CEO, 4 Writing Workshops/Master Classes, complete a Plays in Progress, participate in a career coaching session, and attend 12 plays/readings/performances.

Current DGI students will receive credit for courses completed prior to the establishment of the Certificate Program. (If you do not remember which classes you have taken, please feel free to email us.) Attendees of past DGI intensives and DG conferences will be eligible to receive credit for those as well. In certain instances, credit will also be provided to students who took similar classes through other writing programs.

  • Architecture of plays/musicals (4 credits)

  • Artist as CEO (3 credits)

  • 4 Writing Workshops/Master Classes (min 16 credits)

  • Plays In Progress (2 lab credits)

  • Career coaching (2 lab credits)

  • Attend 12 plays/readings/performances (3 lab credits)

 
 
 
 

SAMPLE CERTIFICATE TRACKS 

If you happen to be a NOVICE, your track might look like this:

Semester 1: (9.5 total credits)
Architecture of Plays (4 credits)
Writing Workshop: Core Skills Part 1 (4 credits)
6 plays/reading performances (1.5 lab credits)

Semester 2: (8.5 total credits)
Artist as CEO (3 credits)
Writing Workshop: Core Skills Part 2 (4 credits)
6 plays/reading performances (1.5 lab credits)

Semester 3: (12 total credits)
Writing Workshop: Crafting Character (4 credits)
Weekend Warrior: Challenges of Dialogue (4 credits)
PIP (2 lab credits)
Independent study- writers group (2 lab credits)

Semester 4: (10 total credits)
Master Class: Playwriting with Austin Pendleton (4 credits) or Master Writers Group with Janet Neipris (4 credits)
Career coaching (2 lab credits)
Independent study- writers group (1 lab credit)
Independent study- Self production (3 lab credits)

If you're a DISILLUSIONED DRAMATIST WHO WANTS TO FALL IN LOVE WITH WRITING AGAIN, maybe this would be your track:

Semester 1: (10 total credits)
Architecture of Plays: Political and Cultural (4 credits)
Master Class: Ten Minute Plays with Tina Howe (4 credits)
PIP (2 lab credits)

Semester 2: (11 total credits)
Specialty Workshop: Acting for Dramatists (4 credits)
Specialty Workshop: Writing Autobiography (4 credits)
12 plays/reading performances (3 lab credits)

Semester 3: (9 credits)
Specialty Workshop: Finishing What You Started (4 credits)
Specialty Workshop: The Art of Rewriting (4 credits)
Independent study- writers group (1 lab credit)

Semester 4: (10 total credits)
Artist as CEO (3 credits)
Career Coaching (2 lab credits)
Garrison Writers Lab (5 lab credits)

 
ANDREA LEPCIO:    CORE SKILLS |  ONLINE

ANDREA LEPCIO: CORE SKILLS | ONLINE

If you're an ESTABLISHED PLAYWRIGHT WHO WANTS TO LEARN TO WRITE MUSICALS, your track might look like this:

Semester 1: (8.75 total credits)
Architecture of Musicals (4 credits)
Talking Music (4 credits)
4 musicals/reading performances (.75 lab credits)

Semester 2: (11.75 total credits)
Artist as CEO (3 credits)
Writing Workshop: Lyric Writing (4 credits)
Preliminary PIP (2 lab credits)
Independent study- musical theatre writers group (2 lab credit)
4 musicals/reading performances (.75 lab credits)

Semester 3: (11.75 total credits)
Weekend Warrior: Composers and Orchestrators (4 credits)
Master Class: Crafting Your Own Solo Performance with Gretchen Cryer (4 credits)
Career coaching (2 lab credits)
Independent study- musical theatre writers group (1 lab credit)
4 musicals/reading performances (.75 lab credits)

Semester 4: (7.75 total credits)
Master Class: Musical Theatre Writing with Kirsten Childs (4 credits)
Final PIP (2 lab credits)
Independent study- musical theatre writers group (1 lab credit)
4 musicals/reading performances (.75 lab credits)

 
 
GREGORY PULVER:    TALKING DESIGN | ONLINE

GREGORY PULVER: TALKING DESIGN | ONLINE

 

If you’re a literary scholar who is hoping to teach, a track like this could be right for you:

Semester 1: (9.5 total credits)
Architecture of Plays (4 credits)
Architecture of Musicals (4 credits)
6 plays/reading performances (1.5 lab credits)

Semester 2: (9.5 total credits)
Architecture of Plays by Women (4 credits)
Artist as CEO (3 credits)
6 plays/reading performances (1.5 lab credits)

Semester 3: (10.5 total credits)
Architecture of Plays: Political and Cultural Part 1 (4 credits)
Master Class: Master Writers Group with Janet Neipris  (4 credits)
6 plays/reading performances (1.5 lab credits)
Independent study – lesson plan/ teaching (2 lab credits)

Semester 4: (10.5 total credits)
Architecture of Plays: Political and Cultural Part 2 (4 credits)
PIP – could the PIP be teaching them how to critique a script? (2 lab credits)
Career Coaching (2 lab credits)
6 plays/reading performances (1.5 lab credits)
Independent study – lesson plan/teaching (1 lab credit)

 
TARI STRATTON:    ARTIST AS CEO |  ONLINE

TARI STRATTON: ARTIST AS CEO | ONLINE