Whether you are the middle of a project, starting a script from scratch or revisited a first draft from your trunk, you already possess, deep inside you, everything you need to jumpstart your art and bring forth your unique voice. This workshop includes exercises to keep you going from first draft through revisions. As a supportive collective we’ll read and discuss our pages in class as well as experience two afternoons of a “silent retreat” and a one-on-one session for each writer. Whether you are starting with an idea for a full-length play, moving forward with a work-in-progress or wanting to focus on one-acts, this workshop will provide you with positive support by de-mystifying the playwright’s process through a set of tools. Are you a writer who starts from character or from story? You’ll work at your own pace as we examine themes, structure, dialogue and character in an environment that brings out and channels your creativity. The goal is to move forward with your writing and rewriting while keeping the “play” in playwriting.
Arlene Hutton is best known for Letters to Sala and The Nibroc Trilogy, which includes Last Train to Nibroc (Drama League nomination for Best Play), See Rock City (Spirit of America Award), and Gulf View Drive (LA Weekly Theatre Award nomination and Ovation Award nomination). Her plays have been produced in London, Edinburgh, New York, Los Angeles, and across the U.S. and are published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French and Playscripts. She received a 2016 NYFA Fellowship and a Sloan Commission, and is a winner of the Macy’s New Play Prize, three-time winner of the Samuel French Short Play Festival and an eight-time finalist for the Heideman Ten-Minute Play award. A member of the Dramatists Guild and Ensemble Studio Theatre and an alumna of New Dramatists, she has held residencies at the Australian National Playwrights’ Conference, MacDowell Colony, New Harmony Project, VCCA, and Yaddo, and has taught playwriting at schools and conferences around the country. She has been a featured artist at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska, on the faculty of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and taught at the Glen Workshop. Hutton taught at the College of Charleston from 2010-1014, where her students won regional and national awards at the Kennedy Center/ American College Theatre Festival. Based in New York City, she is working on The Three Sisters Brontë and a new commission from the Big Bridge Theatre Consortium. Hutton teaches all levels of playwriting at The Barrow Group.