Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Tucson: Intro to Playwriting Class starts June 1


From: Nathan Christensen []
Sent: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 11:39 AM
Subject: Intro to Playwriting Class starts June 1


The Stage Write Workshop, taught by nationally award-winning writer, Nathan Christensen, is offering its first Intro to Playwriting class. Students age 16 to adult are welcome.

The eight-session class will give students a foundation for strong dramatic writing, including:

  • Finding dramatic action in your ideas
  • Developing compelling characters
  • Applying the elements of theatricality
  • Writing for stage vs. film
  • Script formatting and simple computer tools
  • Writing monologues, scenes and 10-minute plays

Classes will be held at 4616 E Fairmount St. (near Swan & Speedway), 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, from June 1 to July 20. During the final class, friends and family may attend and hear the work the class has written.

Tuition is $200 (8 sessions). No additional textbook is required. Class is structured to both support beginners and to help writers with some experience build their writing toolkit.

To register, or for more information, go to, or email

Nathan Christensen earned his M.F.A. in musical theater writing from New York University, where he studied with such writers as William Finn (Falsettos, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Once on this Island, Seussical), and Michael John LaChiusa (Marie Christine, Hello Again), as well as playwrights Arthur Kopit and Tina Howe. Nathan was named to the Dramatists Guild’s “50 to Watch” list, and his writing has earned a Jonathan Larson Award and a Richard Rogers Award, as well as new musical commissions from The Old Globe (San Diego) and Theatreworks/USA (NY). He has taught theater classes for Lincoln Center Theater, Queens Theater in the Park, and other arts organizations in New York. Nathan is currently working on a musical adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel, The Giver, as well as writing theater reviews for Tucson Weekly.


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