The Dramatists Guild Institute

A DGI National
Teach-In For

Art & Healing


Designed to help theatre professionals of all disciplines keep their artistic spirits kindled during this long, difficult winter lockdown.

  • How Will The Weekend Work?

    Participants can register for all three days or for two days only (Friday and Saturday, or Friday and Sunday). There will be three half-hour breaks on Saturday and Sunday.


    Workshop Fees

    Friday and Saturday -$90
    Friday and Sunday -$90

    All Three Days - $160

  • Who Are Your Workshop Artists?

    Our weekend workshops will cover writing, solo performance, movement, song, project development, design, and creative self-care.The weekend will be facilitated  by Todd London (Director,  DGI Field Learning) with guest artists Byron Au Yong, Karen Zacarías, Danyon Davis, Erik Ehn, Rachel Hauck, Madeline Sayet, Masi Asare, Emily Mann, Evren Odcikin, and Tamilla Woodard. 

  • Why a National Teach-In?

    "For so many theatre makers, the COVID lockdown has had the double impact of keeping them from the place of their art and, in a profound way, keeping them from themselves, from the excitement and vital discovery that come from working together or creating toward something,” stated Todd London, Director of the Dramatists Guild Institute's Department of Field Learning and host of the National Teach-In. 

    “Our Teach-In is designed to address this inner quarantine. It's designed to surround participants with creative community, to put them in conversation with brilliant, eclectic workshop leaders. The goal of the weekend is to kindle inspiration, to stir creative movement, even though we don't yet know when our theatre will return or what it will look like. In the meantime, we can come together and learn. We can come together and feed our artistic fires.” 

  • Friday, February 26

    Friday, February 26, 6:30pm-10:30 pm EST

    Schedule and participants subject to change



    Even When You're Angry, There Will Be Joy with Byron Au Yong

    Led by dramaturgical composer Byron Au Yong, this final session of the opening evening promises rejuvenation through various inventions. Au Yong’s theatrical musical performances have appeared in venues that include Confucian Temples and puddles. He believes that the initial audience are performers, so we will gather funny things on the way to the forum considering what needs change now. 

    Sparking "Something": Unleashing Big Stories in Small Ways with Karen Zacarias

    Writing exercises, led by one of the country's most produced playwrights, intended to get the weekend started by focusing on those small, personal impulses that spark drama--and ways to feed the fire. 


    Workshop Artists

    Byron Au Yong is a composer and educator who creates music for chamber ensembles, moving choirs, contemporary dance, short films, museum installations, site-specific locations, taiko groups, and theatre performances. Honors include a Creative Capital Award and Time Warner Foundation Fellowship. He teaches in Performing Arts and Social Justice at the University of San Francisco, located on occupied Ohlone land.

    Karen Zacarías is one of the most produced playwrights in the nation. She is one of the inaugural Resident Playwrights at Arena Stage in Washington, DC, and is a core founder of the LATINX THEATRE COMMONS. She is the founder of Young Playwrights’ Theater, an award-winning theatre company that teaches playwriting in local public schools in Washington, DC. 

  • Saturday, February 27

    Saturday, February 27, 10:30 am -7:30 pm EST

    There will be three half-hour breaks on Saturday and Sunday. Schedule and participants subject to change.



    Exploring Impulse & Action: Channeling Instinct, Emotion, & Imagination in the Actor’s Work with Danyon Davis

    The head of American Conservatory Theatre’s MFA program shares a physical approach to freeing the performer’s imagination and emotion. 

    writing, wronging, and in between--writing as a balance of risks with Erik Ehn

    In-session writing exercises drawing on contemplative practice, political engagement, and experimental risk. 

    A Bag of Water and a Pin: Telling Stories with Ordinary Stuff with Rachel Hauck

    An un-fancy workshop in design and telling stories with ordinary stuff.

    Creating Your Own Solo Performance with Madeline Sayet

    Mohegan Theater Maker Madeline Sayet will guide participants through beginning the process of creating their own solo performance pieces, and how this process can be used to share our stories and our hearts, aiding our liberation. 


    Workshop Artists

    Danyon Davis is the former head of movement at Stella Adler Studio. Davis has performed in classical, contemporary, and experimental plays throughout the U.S. and Europe. A former associate with Bill T. Jones and with the SITI Co., Davis also performed, taught, and directed for many years with the Guthrie Theater.

    Erik Ehn is an American playwright and director known for proposing the Regional Alternative Theatre movement. A recent graduate of the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley California, with a Master of Theological Studies degree and the former dean of theater at CalArts, the California Institute of Arts, he is the former head of playwriting and professor of theatre and performance studies at Brown University.

    Rachel Hauck is a set designer based in New York. She designs new plays and musicals on Broadway, Off Broadway, and for regional theatre, frequently working on world premiere productions. She has taught at Brown University, Vassar College, NYU, Cal Arts and currently teaches at Princeton University. She remains dedicated to new play development and the education of young artists.

    Madeline Sayet is a citizen of the Mohegan Tribe and the Executive Director of the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program. For her work as a director, writer, and performer she has been honored as a Forbes 30 Under 30, TED Fellow, MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow, National Directing Fellow, Native American 40 Under 40, and a recipient of The White House Champion of Change Award from President Obama.

  • Sunday, February 28

    Sunday, February 28, 10:30 am -7:30 pm EST

    There will be three half-hour breaks on Saturday and Sunday. Schedule and participants subject to change.



    Sustaining Your Artistic Spirit with Masi Asare

    For any creative artist working a day job, raising a family, or derailed by the pandemic: you are not a failure. This online session focuses on how to keep the tap of your creativity open so you can sustain your artistic practice even under challenging circumstances. 

    Tapping Back In: Meditative Moments & Free Writing with Emily Mann

    A combination of prompted writing and short meditative moments, inspired in part by the teaching of Maria Irene Fornes. 

    This is Who I Am: Remember, Reclaim, Redefine with Evren Odcikin

    A director’s project-based approach to the exploration of personal artistry. 

    NOW: Performance as Archive with Tamilla Woodard

    Based on her work with actors at Yale School of Drama, Tamilla Woodard explores what it means to actively archive the now through creation for our future selves, rather than wait for those future selves to create while looking back on now.

    Workshop Artists

    Masi Asare is a composer, lyricist, and playwright. A past Dramatists Guild Fellow, Masi won the inaugural Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award for a woman composer of musicals, as well as awards for composition and lyrics from the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, a Theater Hall of Fame Emerging Artist Grant, and the Stacey Mindich “Go Write A Musical” Lilly Award. An advisory board member for MAESTRA Music, she holds a BA from Harvard and a PhD from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in performance studies. She is Assistant Professor of Theatre at Northwestern University.

    Emily Mann is a Tony-nominated playwright and director and the Tony Award-winning Artistic Director and Resident Playwright Emerita of the McCarter Theatre Center, where she wrote 15 new plays/adaptations, directed over 50, and produced 180 productions.

    Evren Odcikin is a theatre director, writer, and arts administrator with a deep commitment to championing underrepresented voices in the American theatre. He serves as the Associate Artistic Director at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and is a founding member of the MENA Theater Maker Alliance steering committee, a founder of Maia Directors, and a resident artist at Golden Thread Productions.

    Tamilla Woodard is the recently named co-Artistic Director of the Working Theater and former Bold associate artistic director at WP Theater. She is the co-founder of the site specific theater partnership, PopUP Theatrics, which has created immersive and participatory theatre for audiences in Europe, South America, Mexico and the US since 2007. Recently named one of 50 Women To Watch on Broadway, Tamilla is also the recipient of The Josephine Abady Award from The League of Professional Theatre Women and The Charles Bowden Award from New Dramatists.

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