Classes

The New Jersey Play Lab is committed to providing playwrights of all career levels with an opportunity to learn, improve their craft, and advance their work.

Registration for all Fall 2019 classes will close on September 15th. 

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Civic Playwriting: Making a Difference through the Art of Playwriting

Civic Playwriting is a beginner playwriting class specifically designed for those who want to explore how to use theater for the betterment of their community.

Since our beginnings, humans have endeavored to make sense of our world through the creating and telling of stories. Theater brings us together in space and time to experience these stories collectively—and compels us to collectively grapple with the implications for our communities and our societies at large.

In Civic Playwriting, students will learn (or review) the foundational skills of playwriting, including basic vocabulary, techniques, and forms. Students will spend time researching issues of importance to them from multiple perspectives so as to be able to depict them with complexity. The class will culminate in a public sharing of ten-minute plays written by the students. 

In times of great disconnect and discord, we believe theater can bring people together to practice empathy, and to embrace the complexities of being human. If you feel the same, then Civic Playwriting might be the class for you.

Civic Playwriting: Making a Difference through the Art of Playwriting

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with instructor marcus d. harvey

8 weeks

Wednesdays, 7pm to 9:00pm

Oct 16th through Dec 11th, 2019 (no class on Wed. 11/27)

Class Limit: 6 Writers

Fee: $200

Location: The HUUB at the First UU of Essex County (35 Cleveland St, Orange, NJ 07050)

Interested in this class but unavailable at this time? 
Click here to express interest in an alternate class time.


PlayGym: A New Play Development Forum 

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PlayGym is a unique forum for experienced playwrights to hear their work read and to receive feedback from professionals in a supportive environment. At each session, playwrights have access to professional actors trained in new play development and a professional dramaturg to guide the process.

There are two sections of PlayGym:

PlayGym: Full Lengths — for writers who have completed a full draft of a full-length play that they would like to hear, assess, and further develop

PlayGym: Short Plays and Early Drafts — for writers working on short plays or an unfinished draft of a longer play


We have added an additional section of PlayGym on Wednesday mornings from 10am to 1pm. This section is a hybrid and is accepting playwrights working on either Full-Lengths or Short Plays and Early Drafts. 

If you are working on a Short Play or an Early Draft and would like to join this daytime class, please contact info@njplaylab.org.

PlayGym: Full-Lengths

For writers working on a completed draft of a full-length play
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with dramaturg Cheryl Katz, NJ Play Lab Co-Director

9 weeks

Wednesdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm 

Oct 16th through Dec 18th (no class on Wed. 11/27)

Class Limit: 6 Writers

Fee: $300

Location: The HUUB at the First UU of Essex County (35 Cleveland St, Orange, NJ 07050)

Registration for this class is FULL.

Interested in this class but unavailable at this time? 
Click here to express interest in an alternate class time.


PlayGym: Short Plays and Early Drafts

For writers working on short plays or an unfinished draft of a longer play
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with dramaturg Kaitlin Stilwell, NJ Play Lab Co-Director

8 weeks

Mondays, 7pm to 9:30pm

Oct. 14th through Dec. 2nd, 2019

Class Limit: 4 Writers

Fee: $300

Location: The HUUB at the First UU of Essex County (35 Cleveland St, Orange, NJ 07050)

Interested in this class but unavailable at this time? 
Click here to express interest in an alternate class time.


Our classes are designed for a small number of students to allow for a more intimate experience. However, keeping our classes small means that we must meet that enrollment in order to run them.
Please note that cash refunds will ONLY be issued in the event that a class is cancelled by The New Jersey Play Lab. An enrolled student may withdraw up to one month prior to the start of classes and receive a class credit for a future semester.

For any questions on classes, please contact info@njplaylab.org.

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