Friday, June 11, 2010

Tucson: Playwriting for Teens starts June 24


From: Nathan Christensen []
Sent: Friday, June 11, 2010 12:07 PM
Subject: Playwriting for Teens starts June 24


The Stage Write Workshop, taught by nationally award-winning writer, Nathan Christensen, is offering a new class: Intro to Playwriting for Teens.

It covers the same principles as the regular Intro to Playwriting, but geared toward students age 12 to 18.

The eight-session class will provide a supportive environment for new writers, and build foundational skills for more experienced writers. Topics covered in the class will include:

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

Classes will be every Thursday, 7-8:30 p.m., from June 24 to August 12 at 4616 E Fairmount St. (new Swan & Speedway). Friends and family may attend the final class to hear the work that has been written.

Tuition is $200 (8 sessions), payable at the first class session. No additional textbook is required.

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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