Adult Classes

Whether you have experience in the theatre and are looking to sharpen your skills, or are a novice who just wants to learn and have fun, we have classes for you!

Classes are held in the Caryl D. Philips Creativity Center, 116 North Jefferson Street in downtown Dayton unless otherwise noted.

Register online now through Ticket Center Stage.
(Registration is required at least one week before the first day of class.)

For more information, please email or call (937) 461-3823.

Ohio Playwrights Circle

The following is a list of the scheduled workshops:

Submission and Production Workshop Series
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
April 14 - May 19, 2018 (6 workshop meetings limited to 3 participants)
Instructor: Michael London

This workshop series is about getting your work produced. Playwrights should come to the workshop with one or more completed plays. We will explore treatments, a pitch, format, what not to do, where and when to submit, creating submissions lists and generally getting organized in order to do what many of us just don’t get around to doing well enough. It doesn’t stop with the writing.

Playwrighting — All Levels
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.
June 9 - July 28, 2018 (7 classes and 1 public reading. Limited to 8 participants)
Instructor: Michael London

This class is designed to take the mystery out of playwrighting. The method of building a play is explored through a variety of exercises. Our focus will be on understanding the tools in basic dramatic structure and other aspects of storytelling and the building of a play. There will be a lot of writing, a lot of thinking, some mutual support from other playwrights, a fair amount of laughing, some tasty food at breaks, and a general atmosphere of fun and learning. Each playwright will have a goal of completing work that will be presented in a public reading. Playwrights will have the opportunity to hear their work read aloud by actors and prepared by directors. The class is designed for novices and experienced playwrights, actors and directors alike. No playwrights are expected to begin the class with work already completed.

The Collaboration Workshop Series
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.
August 4 - September 22, 2018 (8 workshop meetings. Limited to 6 participants)
Instructor: Michael London

This series of workshops is all about collaboration. If you have ever wondered what it might be like to collaborate on writing a play, this is your opportunity. There isn’t just one way and we’ll explore the variety of ways that you can collaborate with another writer. Writers will be writing alone, but working with other writers. The structure of this workshop will be similar to the television writers room. And in the end, we expect to have a play. This is for writers who want to explore another way of writing and each should come to this experience with the basic training of playwrighting.

Making a Play Workshop Series
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.
October 6 - December 8, 2018 (10 workshop meetings. Limited to 6 participants)
Instructor: Michael London

This workshop is for playwrights who have completed a first draft of a play and want to workshop that play through for a public reading. This series is focused on feedback and working a script to be ready for submission and production. This series is open to writers who have completed both Level 1 and 2 classes and others who have completed study in playwrighting.

A Few Important Points

  1. If you’d like to register for any activity, please know that the participation is limited and each activity might reach its limit quickly.
  2. Locations for the activities planned are central in Dayton, but may change a bit with each activity.
  3. Register online HERE.
  4. If you have any questions, please contact Jazerah Brooks, our Project Administrator, or call (937) 319-1779.

These activities are based on a belief that playwrights need a place to practice and explore, to study and share, and to be given encouragement and a deadline. We hope you can join us.

All activities are Hosted by The Human Race Theatre Company, Presented by the Ohio Playwrights Circle and Sponsored by the American ArtWorks Foundation.