Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Circuit Training: Getting it Ready at Primary Stages

“The ‘business part’ is part of being a writer, and it’s really not as charming and artsy as we [playwrights] think it is to say we’re bad at it.”  —Deborah Zoe Laufer, playwright and ESPA instructor (in conversation with Adam Szymkowicz, I Interview Playwrights Part 263)

Putting yourself out there as a professional playwright takes more than just getting the words down on the page, but for many playwrights, the “business” end is the final, most terrifying frontier. This brand new Circuit Training class is designed to help you face, and—gasp! even enjoy—the process of developing the strong relationships required to take your play from the page to the stage. Led by an all-star team of power players, self-pitching gurus, and business specialists, this class is designed for those of you who have a project ready and need the tips and tricks to package yourself.

June 27: Defining Your Voice and Establishing Goals with Joshua Harmon (Significant Other and Bad Jews at Roundabout Theater Company)
July 18: Log Lines, Artistic Statements, and the Elevator Pitch with Jesse Alick (Literary Manager, The Public Theater)
August 1: Developing and Maintaining Advocates with Robert Askins (Writer, Hand to God on Broadway, EST, and MCC; Permission at MCC) and Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Director, Hand to God on Broadway, EST, and MCC)
August 15: Taking Meetings and Seeing Results with Michelle Bossy (Associate Artistic Director, Primary Stages) and Leah Hamos (Agent, Gersh Agency)
August 29: Keeping the Dream Alive with Bailie Slevin (Founder, Entertaining Finance)


Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere.

We provide students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x211 or email espa@primarystages.org.