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Dramatic Writing
Spring 2021
Registration

  • Spring Schedule

    MONDAY (starts March 08)

    Architecture of Musicals with John Dietrich, 6:00pm - 8:00pm ET

    Writing Plays to Address Social Justice: Finding Inspiration from Hallie Flanagan and The Federal Theatre Project with Sheri Wilner, 7:00pm - 10:00pm ET


    TUESDAY (starts March 09)

    Artist as CEO with Tari Stratton, Deborah Murad, and Roland Tec, 7:00pm - 9:00pm ET

    Challenges of Dialogue with Matthew Paul Olmos, 7:00pm - 10:00pm ET


    WEDNESDAY (starts March 10)

    Writing Personal Narrative with Donja Love, 3:30pm - 6:30pm ET

    Unexpected Threads with Mona Mansour, 7:00pm - 10:00pm ET


    THURSDAY (starts March 11)

    Core Skills: Dramatic Action with Andrea Lepcio, 7:00pm - 10:00pm ET

    Writing Funny Songs with Marcy Heisler, 12:00pm - 2:30pm ET


    SATURDAY (starts March 13)

    Character and Behavior with James Anthony Tyler, 1:00pm - 4:00pm ET

    Musical Theatre Songwriting for the Composer/Lyricist with Mark Hollmman, 1:00pm - 4:00pm ET

    The Empowered Woman in Contemporary Musical Theatre with Cheryl Coons, 4:00pm - 6:00pm ET


    SUNDAY (starts March 14)

    Writing Historical Plays with Emily Dendinger, 2:00pm - 5:00pm ET

    Writing Genre for the Stage: Horror/Sci-fi with Jacqueline Goldfinger, 6:00pm - 9:00pm ET

    Architecture of Plays: American Indian and First Nations Writers with Rhiana Yazzie, 6:00pm - 8:00pm ET

  • Payments and Refunds

    The DGI does not provide refunds, however, it is possible to receive credit towards a future DGI course instead. Please email dginstitute@dramatistsguild.com for more information.

    Unfortunately, the DGI is unable to offer financial aid at this time.

  • Financial Aid

    Unfortunately, at this time opportunities for financial aid are not available.

  • Instructors and Community

    The faculty at the Dramatists Guild Institute is comprised of some of the country’s leading playwrights, songwriters, educators, and industry professionals. Please be aware that instructors are subject to change prior to the start of the semester. In the unlikely event that such a change does occur, all DGI students will be notified as soon as possible.

    The DGI endeavors to create a safe space in which all students feel encouraged to participate as freely and confidently as possible. Although the Institute generally tries to group students by skill level, writers from a variety of backgrounds will inevitably be in class together. Students are expected to be inclusive, communicative, and welcoming to one another, regardless of previous writing experience.

    All students should arrive on time to class, disengage from electronic media (other than the Zoom platform upon which the class is taking place), and remain present for the entire class period. Please note that the DGI is unable to record any courses. If you are unable to attend a class, it is your responsibility to contact your instructor, in advance of your planned absence, in order to coordinate a sufficient make-up strategy.

  • Class Sizes

    Foundation Classes: Maximum 20-25 students.
    Writing Workshops and Specialty Writing Workshops: Maximum 10 students.

    The number of dramatists in each course is limited, in order to ensure that each participant has a meaningful classroom experience.

  • Contact Us

    Feel free to email us at dginstitute@dramatistsguild.com or call the Guild office at (212) 398-9366.

John Dietrich
Architecture of Musicals

 

Instructor: John Dietrich
Day of the Week: Mondays, starts March 08
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm ET
Duration: 10 Weeks
Type: Foundation Course

Certificate Credit: 4 credits 
Click Here for a Full Course Description

$400
Rhiana Yazzie
Architecture of Plays: American Indian and First Nations Writers

 

Instructor: Rhiana Yazzie
Day of the Week: Sundays, starts March 14
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm ET
Duration: 10 Weeks
Type: Foundation Course

Certificate Credit: 4 credits 
Click Here for a Full Course Description

$400
Tari Stratton
Artist as CEO

 

Instructors: Tari Stratton, Deborah Murad, and Roland Tec
Day of the Week: Tuesdays, starts March 09
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm ET
Duration: 10 Weeks
Type: Foundation Course

Certificate Credit: 4 credits 
Click Here for a Full Course Description

$300
Matthew Paul Olmos
Challenges of Dialogue

 

Instructor: Matthew Paul Olmos
Day of the Week: Tuesdays, starts March 09
Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm ET
Duration: 10 Weeks
Type: Core Writing Workshop

Certificate Credit: 4 credits 
Click Here for a Full Course Description

$500
James Anthony Tyler
Character and Behavior

SOLD OUT

If you would like to sign up for the waitlist,
please fill out this form.

$500
Taught by Andrea Lepcio
Core Skills: Dramatic Action

SOLD OUT

If you would like to sign up for the waitlist,
please fill out this form.

$500
Cheryl Coons
The Empowered Woman in Contemporary Musical Theatre

 

Instructor: Cheryl Coons
Day of the Week: Saturdays, starts March 13
Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm ET
Duration: 10 Weeks
Type: Specialty Writing Workshop

Certificate Credit: 4 credits 
Click Here for a Full Course Description

$400
Mark Hollmann
Musical Theatre Songwriting for the Composer/Lyricist

SOLD OUT

If you would like to sign up for the waitlist,
please fill out this form.

$500
MONA MANSOUR
Unexpected Threads

 

Instructors: Mona Monsour
Day of the Week: Wednesdays, starts March 10
Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm ET
Duration: 10 Weeks
Type: Specialty Writing Workshop

Certificate Credit: 4 credits 
Click Here for a Full Course Description

$500
Marcy Heisler
Writing Funny Songs

SOLD OUT

If you would like to sign up for the waitlist,
please fill out this form.

$350
Jacqueline Goldfinger
Writing Genre for the Stage: Horror/Sci-fi

 

Instructor: Jacqueline Goldfinger
Day of the Week: Sundays, starts March 14
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm ET
Duration: 10 Weeks
Type: Specialty Writing Workshop

Certificate Credit: 4 credits 
Click Here for a Full Course Description

$500
Emily Dendinger
Writing Historical Plays

 

Instructor: Emily Dendinger
Day of the Week: Sundays, starts March 14
Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm ET
Duration: 10 Weeks
Type: Specialty Writing Workshop

Certificate Credit: 4 credits 
Click Here for a Full Course Description

$500
Donja Love
Writing From Personal Narrative

SOLD OUT

If you would like to sign up for the waitlist,
please fill out this form.

$350
Sheri Wilner
Writing Plays to Address Social Justice: Finding Inspiration from Hallie Flanagan and The Federal Theatre Project

 

Instructor: Sheri Wilner
Day of the Week: Mondays, starts March 08
Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm ET
Duration: 10 Weeks
Type: Specialty Writing Workshop

Certificate Credit: 4 credits 
Click Here for a Full Course Description

$500
National Teach-In for Art and Healing

 

 

Participants can register for all three days or for two days only
(Friday and Saturday, or Friday and Sunday).

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

 

REGISTER