Fall 2020 Classes!
Join us for TWO exciting classes beginning in September: Shakespeare's Bits & Pieces and Pulitzer Prize Play Discussion & Prompts Writing Workshop. Both are FREE for Members of Theatre Artists Studio and only $125 for Non-Members.
Shakespeare's Bits and Pieces
Instructor: ALAN AUSTIN
Tuesdays from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
September 8 - October 27, 2020
A quick unconventional look at five of Shakespeare’s plays and how they reflect the Age and what keeps them popular.
Mr. Austin has his M.A. in Elizabethan Theatre from New Castle University and has been an international teacher for 44 years. He is also a playwright, actor, director, producer and poet.
Plays to be Discussed:
September 8 - RICHARD III (Shakespeare’s first success and why it succeeded)
September 15 - TWELFTH NIGHT (A look at religious propaganda, what Elizabethan audiences found funny and why some Puritans left for the colonies)
September 22 - Interactive discussion of both previous plays
September 29 - HAMLET (Shakespeare’s politics, the influence of the Court and how Shakespeare supported the status quo)
October 6 - OTHELLO (Race and prejudice in a different age)
October 13 - Interactive discussion of both previous plays
October 20 - THE TEMPEST (The end of magic and dawn of reason)
October 27 - Interactive Discussion: Class Summary and Conclusions
All scripts are available on line. Please read each play prior to its discussion date.
Studio Members (Artistic & Sustaining) - please register by email with "SHAKESPEARE" in the subject line. Include your full name and contact info in the body of the email: email@example.com
NON Members/General Public - please pre-pay online. Once you have paid the registration fee, you will receive a link to join the Zoom class.
Pulitzer Prize Play Discussion & Prompts Writing Workshop
Instructor: KIRT SHINEMAN
Wednesdays from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
September 9 - October 14, 2020
In this six-week-course with Prof. Kirt Shineman (MFA - ASU; MA- Emerson College), we will read selected Pulitzer Prize-winning plays - including the recent plays Fairview, The Cost of Living, Sweat, and Hamilton - outside of class. We will use the reading as a springboard for conversation, and ideas in the plays will prompt writing exercises for writing monologues and short scenes for the class. You will have an opportunity to both write and share in each class session.
The plays are published and available online and in local bookshops. In addition, you can find them on electronic readers like Kindle. We prefer you attend each class and not just discussions around the plays you like best. The six plays we will discuss (listed below) include 2 Musicals and 4 Plays:
2019 Fairview, by Jackie Sibblies Drury - A hard-hitting drama that examines race in a highly conceptual, layered structure, ultimately bringing audiences into the actors’ community to face deep-seated prejudices.
2018 Cost of Living, by Martyna Majok - An honest, original work that invites audiences to examine diverse perceptions of privilege and human connection through two pairs of mismatched individuals: a former trucker and his recently paralyzed ex-wife, and an arrogant young man with cerebral palsy and his new caregiver.
2017 Sweat, by Lynn Nottage - For a nuanced yet powerful drama that reminds audiences of the stacked deck still facing workers searching for the American dream.
2016 Hamilton, by Lin-Manuel Miranda - A landmark American musical about the gifted and self-destructive founding father whose story becomes both contemporary and irresistible.
2013 Disgraced, by Ayad Akhtar - A moving play that depicts a successful corporate lawyer painfully forced to consider why he has for so long camouflaged his Pakistani Muslim heritage.
2010 Next to Normal, by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey - A powerful rock musical that grapples with mental illness in a suburban family and expands the scope of subject matter for musicals.
Studio Members (Artistic & Sustaining) - please register by email with "PULITZER" in the subject line. Include your full name and contact info in the body of the email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NON Members/General Public - please pre-pay online. Once you have paid the registration fee, you will receive an invitation link to the Zoom class.