Foundations: An introduction to the building blocks of play structure, the language of dramaturgy, and the NJPL approach to play development.

e recommend this workshop for:

  • Playwrights who are brand new to playwriting. 
  • Playwrights who have written a body of work from instinct and imagination and are now ready for the next steps of learning how to apply structure and craft to their work.
  • Playwrights who have had some formal training, but wish to deepen their grasp of the language of dramaturgy to assist them in their own projects: to learn what you don’t know you don’t know.
  • Playwrights who are engaged in other NJPL Development programs and wish to optimize communication in our work together.
  • Emerging Dramaturgs looking to expand their knowledge base and facility of language around the new play development process.
  • Actors and Directors interested in sharpening their tools and deepening their understanding around the specific process of bringing new work to the stage.

Upon completion of this foundational workshop, participants will have:

  • A firm foundation in the craft of playmaking and the language of dramaturgy to ensure maximum benefit from any subsequent play development process. When you receive feedback, you will know how to act on it!
  • The insight and language to offer your fellow playwrights clear and actionable feedback on their work. You will be the most cherished member of your writing group!
  • The tools to act as your own dramaturg in the creation and revision of your plays. Learn the concepts and how to apply them!

If you are unsure whether or not this workshop is for you, we are always happy to speak in real-time to assess your specific goals and to help you identify the best point of access within our programming. Please contact


with Dramaturg Alexis Krysten Morgan

Mondays 7pm to 9pm

June 19th, 26th, July 10th, 17th, and 24th

Fee: $200

Class limit: 3 participates

The summer session of our Foundations Workshop has been filled.  If you’d like to be notified the next time we run a session, please email

Meet the Dramaturg

Alexis Krysten Morgan

Alexis Krysten Morgan is a playwright, educator, and advocate who desires to use her art to create healing spaces for communities of color and individuals with exceptionalities. She has been a fellow with Company One Theatre in Boston, MA, and TC Squared Theatre Company in Cambridge, MA. Her short plays CONCRETE DREAMS, THE POLITICS OF MARRIAGE, and KNOW WHO YOU ARE were produced by TC Squared. Her play, CONCRETE DREAMS had a full staged reading with TC Squared in 2020. Other works including SHOW ME and ACTS OF JOY were presented and commissioned as part of Company One’s series. Her television pilot, BY THE WAYSIDE, made it to the 2nd round of Sundance’s 2021 Episodic Lab. Most recently, her play, FOLLOWING THE RULES was part of Boston’s Theatre Marathon’s festival. Her one-act play, REPAST, has an upcoming online reading with TC SQUARED.

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