Registration is now open for The Dramatists Guild Institute's Summer 2021 semester, which begins on Monday, June 14. The DGI will be offering eight brand-new online courses. You'll have the opportunity to literally step into your characters shoes with Christine Toy Johnson, learn how to expand your 10-minute play into a full length with Donna Hoke, navigate the intricacies of writing monologues with C. Julian Jimenez, and more.
We'll also be offering a playwriting class with Crystal Skillman for teens who love to write. The whole family can join us at the DGI this summer- adults and teens alike. It's sure to be an invigorating and inspiring session!
Check out our new courses below:
Writing Workshop with Austin Pendleton
This six-week intensive workshop will focus on problem areas in your play – i.e., plot, structure, conflict, or characters that aren't as fully realized as you'd like.
Turning Your Ten-Minute Play into a Full-Length with Donna Hoke
You've written lots of ten-minute plays, and had some produced, but the thought of wading into full-length waters has you overwhelmed. The good news? If you've had successful tens, they're great starter kits for your first full-length play. (And if you have a ten that everybody says should be a full-length but you don't know where to begin, this class is also for you.)
Acting for Dramatists with Christine Toy Johnson
Whether we are creating characters as writers or as actors, being thorough in our inquiries of their inner workings is essential to building complex and textured vessels for our storytelling. You will then (literally) step into your characters' shoes, acting in scenes from your plays to give you a new perspective on them.
Re-Vision with Sheri Wilner In this six-week writing workshop, students who have completed a draft of a play will learn how to develop a checklist of questions to ask about their completed drafts to identify the critical dramaturgical issues that need to be addressed, create a revision plan for their scripts, and workshop revised scenes from their plays.
Writing to Win, Place, or Show with Lucy Wang
Join Kennedy Center Award-winning playwright and multi-genre writer Lucy Wang for a six-week creative workshop that encourages playwrights to explore and experiment with their voices across genres in a safe, supportive environment – and perhaps even win public recognition and prizes afterward.
Mastering the Monologue with C. Julian Jimenez Monologues are hard. They serve multiple functions within a theatrical work. They can express inner thoughts of character, emotional states, intrigue, and many times raise the stakes of a play. This class will help you navigate the intricacies of the monologue and have you master multiple styles including Dramatic Monologue, Soliloquy, Interior Monologue, Monodrama, Direct Address, and the Monologue within Dialogue.
Script Analysis for Dramatists with Pandora Scooter Led by playwright/educator Pandora Scooter, this six-week course will delve deeply into six scripts and discover what makes them work (or not).
New For Teens: Writing Workshop for Teens with Crystal Skillman This course is designed for teens (ages 13 to 19) who have already discovered playwriting, and would like to develop their skills. Led by award-winning playwright Crystal Skillman, students will meet weekly to read, share, and discuss dramatic writing. Registration opens Saturday, May 15.