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At Essential Theatre, we believe that all voices are worth hearing, and . An extension of Essential’s mission to give Georgia playwrights a voice, our educational offerings are created to give all Georgians a voice through theatre by providing the support and tools needed to tell your own story on the stage.

Classes and Events:

Courses for Writers:

Essential Playwriting for Essential Workers (happening now!): 

An eight-week introduction to the art and form of playwriting, especially for our essential workers, culminating in a public showcase. Scenes developed during this course will be shared in a public presentation in early December, directed and performed by professional theater artists from around Atlanta. Are you an essential business owner or a member of a community organization looking for a unique way to show essential workers that they’re valued? Talk to us about creating a similar program for your group!

Introduction to Playwriting: A six-week introduction to the art and form of playwriting. 

Participants will learn about the elements of playwriting by studying examples, hearing from professional playwrights, and sharing writing exercises of their own. This class is offered free of charge thanks to support from the Fulton County Arts Council and the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. Presented in partnership with Fulton County Arts & Culture West End Performing Arts Center.

[graphic] 10 Minute Play Bootcamp (Coming Jan 2021): A four-week playwriting intensive. Participants will each create a 10 minute play. (Introduction to Playwriting recommended prerequisite)

Resources for Teachers:

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Join us on November 7  for a free day of workshops for Georgia educators! 

[graphic] Play Buffet: 

Curated by Education Associates Emily McClain and Elisabeth Cooper, this monthly gathering showcases plays of interest to high school audiences and student performers, with snippets read aloud by event participant volunteers and discussed during each session. Event participants will be provided with information regarding publisher/related works/playwrights during each session. 

Next Play Buffet: November 19 – [topic]

Past Buffet Topics: Oct 15 – commissioning and creating new works

Sept 17 – adaptations from literature

Aug 25 – digitally adaptable pieces

July 28 – overview sampling of high school plays

[graphic] Introduction to Playwriting: Classroom Edition

A six-week introduction to the art and form of playwriting, [following the Georgia Standards of Excellence for Dramatic Arts/Theatre for grades 9-12]. Participants will learn about the elements of playwriting by studying examples, hearing from professional playwrights, and sharing writing exercises of their own. Priced on a sliding scale based on class size. 

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