An intensive study of playwriting with the creation of a full-length work by the end of the semester. Taught by award-winning playwrights.
|First Semester||Second Semester|
|October 5-December 21, 2020||February 1-May 21, 2020|
|Mondays, 6-9 PM||Mondays, 6-9 PM|
Classes are normally held at NFT offices. During COVID, some or all classes may be conducted via Zoom. Yearly Tuition is $375 (Two Semesters). You have the option to pay up-front, or split payment into 3x$125
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Ajene D. Washington, Workshop Coordinator
Michael’s teaching interests include cultural studies, African American theatre history, dramatic writing, filmmaking, and ragtime music.
A dramatist whose works have been produced in New York, regional, and educational theatre, Florida A&M University, SUNY Stony Brook, California State University at San Bernardino, and Universidad de Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He spent a year at Touchstone Pictures as a Walt Disney Fellow and worked as a staff writer he has been playwright-in-residence at Michigan State University and St. Louis University and taught writing courses at the College of New Rochelle.
Michael was a writer on ABC-TV’s Hangin’ with Mister Cooper. In 1994 he was a Sundance finalist, and in 1995, he was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Playwriting. A Gallatin graduate, Professor Dinwiddie earned his M.F.A. in dramatic writing from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Professor Dinwiddie received NYU’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005.
Ms. Gibson holds a M.F.A in Theatre Arts from Brandeis University and a B.A. in Drama, Religion and English from Keuka College.
To date she has written thirty plays, several of which have totaled forty-seven productions. Long Time Since Yesterday has alone had upwards of sixty productions.
She has been the recipient of many honors, including the Whisper, Laugh…Award, the Bushfire Theatre of Performing Arts Seventh Annual “Walk of Fame”, a Shubert Fellowship for the study of dramatic writing, a playwriting grant from National Endowment for the Arts; two prestigious Audelco Awards for Long Time Since Yesterday, a PSC-CUNY Research Award grant to ‘shadow’ four African-American female judges for her upcoming play Rotating, and five playwriting commissions.
Ms. Gibson’s plays and poetry performances have been presented throughout the United States, Europe and Africa.
Cassandra Medley’s recently produced plays include: American Slavery Project (NYC), Cell (Molelo Theater, CA, and Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon 2011, NYC), Daughter (Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon 2009, NYC), Noon Day Sun (Diverse City Theatre Company, NYC), and Relativity, a commission from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYC).
Ms. Medley won the 1990 National Endowment for the Arts Grant in Playwriting, the New Professional Theatre Award, the Marilyn Simpson Award, the Theatrefest Regional Playwriting Award for Best Play in 2001, the 2002 Ensemble Studio Theatre 25th Anniversary Award for Theater Excellence, the 2004 “Going to the River Writers” Life Achievement Award and AUDELCO’S August Wilson Playwriting Award in 2006. Her most recent play, Cell, was produced by Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon in 2011.
Richard Wesley is now enjoying his forty-fifth year as a writer for stage, screen, and television. He is a past winner of the Drama Desk Award, a Rockefeller Grant, (thank you Woodie King!!) a two-time winner of the NAACP Image Award, a four-time recipient of the Audelco Award, a Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award from the Organization of Black Screenwriters, The August Wilson Playwriting Award from the National Black Theater Festival and the Otto Award for Political Theater Writing.
A former Vice President of the Writers Guild of America, East, he is a member of National Film Preservation Board at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, a member of the Board of Directors of the Symphony Hall Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ, the Black Film Festival Selection Committee of the Newark Museum and is currently an Associate Professor in the Rita and Burton Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.
And he is married to the novelist, Valerie Wilson Wesley.