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OPC Submission and Production Workshop Series

In Class Info on March 26, 2018 at 1:49 am

As writers we are not always great at focusing on the business of writing.  In fact, we often stink at it.  We often avoid anything but the writing.  As a playwright, our works are not produced if we don’t get them out there for others to read, hear, and evaluate.

This workshop series is about getting your work produced. Playwrights should come to the workshop with one or more completed play.  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.

(6 workshop meetings) Saturday April 14 – May 19, 2018
(10am – 1pm) – Burnell Roberts Room, Metropolitan Arts Center
126 North Main Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402

If you have any questions, please contact Jahzerah Brooks, our Project Administrator, at: opcregistrar@gmail.com

 

These activities are based on a belief that playwrights need a place to practice & explore, to study & 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.

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OPC 2018 Schedule

In Class Info on March 9, 2018 at 12:40 am
OPC finally has the workshop schedule ready for the public.  After a few glitches in the planning, we are happy to be able to share these learning experiences with the writers in our region.


Submission and Production Workshop Series 

(6 workshop meetings) Saturday April 14 – May 19, 2018
(10am – 1pm) – Burnell Roberts Room, Metropolitan Arts Center
126 North Main Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402


This workshop series is about getting your work produced. Playwrights should come to the workshop with one or more completed play.  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.

Participants:  No Maximum Number


Playwrighting – All Levels –
( 7 Classes & 1 Public Reading.) Saturday, June 9 – July 28, 2018
(10am – 2pm) –  Human Race Studio
126 North Main Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402


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.
Participants:  Min: 3 – Max: 8


The Collaboration Workshop Series
(8 workshop meetings)  August 4 – September 22, 2018
(10am – 2pm) — Location to be announced.


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 a 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.
Participants:  Min: 4 – Max: 8


Making a Play Workshop Series
(10 workshop meetings)  October 6, – December 8, 2018
(10am – 2pm) —  Location to be announced.


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.
Participants:  Min: 3 – Max: 6


A few important points:
If you want to register for any activity, please know that the participation is limited and each activity might reach the limit quickly.  Locations for the activities planned are central in Dayton, but may change a bit with each activity.


If you have any questions, please contact Jahzerah Brooks, our Project Administrator, at: opcregistrar@gmail.com


These activities are based on a belief that playwrights need a place to practice & explore, to study & 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.

 

2015- 2016 Classes at HRTC

In Class Info on July 31, 2015 at 9:32 pm

We have completed the schedule for the 2015-2016 Playwrighting classes.  Class size will continue to be limited.

Playwrighting – Level I
Saturday Afternoons from 1Pm – 4pm
Fall: September 5, 12,19,26;  October 3,10,17  (Class Full -CLOSED)
Instructor: Michael M. London

 This class is designed to take the mystery out of playwrighting and provide an introduction to new playwrights. 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. The process involves a lot of scene writing, a lot of thinking, a lot of laughing and a lot of learning. Each playwright will have an opportunity to create a 10-minute play that will be presented in a public reading. The class is designed for novices and experienced playwrights, actors and directors alike. No playwrights are expected to begin the class with already completed work.

Playwrighting – Level II
Saturday Afternoons from 1Pm – 4pm
Winter: January 9, 16, 23, 30; February 6, 13, 20 (Class Full -CLOSED)

Spring: March 19, 26,; April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Instructor: Michael M. London

This class is a continuation of the learning in Level I. Although we will still be looking closely at the dramatic structure of the story, we will also focus attention on 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 a short one-act play 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. Prerequisite: Playwrighting – Level I.

Classes will be held at:

Caryl D. Philips Creativity Center
116 N. Jefferson Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402

 

For more information, please contact Marilyn Klaben, Education Director at
(937) 461-3823 x3132.

http://humanracetheatre.org/adultclasses.php

2014-2015 Classes at HRTC

In Class Info, General Update on August 16, 2014 at 3:36 pm

We have completed the schedule for the 2014-2015 Playwrighting classes.  Class size will continue to be limited and we have a new location.

Playwrighting – Level I

Saturday Mornings from 10am – 1pm
September 6, 13,20,27; October 4, 11, 18,25
Instructor: Michael M. London
 
 
 This class is designed to take the mystery out of playwrighting and provide an introduction to new playwrights. 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. The process involves a lot of scene writing, a lot of thinking, a lot of laughing and a lot of learning. Each playwright will have an opportunity to create a 10-minute play that will be presented in a public reading. The class is designed for novices and experienced playwrights, actors and directors alike. No playwrights are expected to begin the class with already completed work.
 

Playwrighting – Level II

Saturday Mornings from 10am – 1pm
February 7,14,21,28 & March 7,14,21,28
Instructor: Michael M. London

This class is a continuation of the learning in Level I. Although we will still be looking closely at the dramatic structure of the story, we will also focus attention on 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 a short one-act play 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. Prerequisite: Playwrighting – Level I.

Classes will be held at:

The Metropolitan Arts Center
Burnell Roberts Room
126 North Main Street, Dayton, OH 45402
 

The classes will be in the Metropolitan Arts Center between the Victoria Theatre and Uno Chicago Grill. Use the Loft Theatre entrance next to the Victoria Theatre.  Please buzz the Burnell-Roberts Room to be let in, and then make your way down the long hallway past the drinking fountain to the Burnell-Roberts Room on the left side.

For more information, please contact Marilyn Klaben, Education Director at (937) 461-3823 x3132.
http://humanracetheatre.org/adultclasses.php
 

Weekly Writing Prompts

In Class Info on February 17, 2013 at 5:26 am

Each week we will offer a writing prompt on our Facebook page.

These prompts are for playwrights that are looking to have a bit of writing exercise.  Or maybe to get started on something different and new.  Or just to get them started writing anything.  They’re purpose is no different than writing prompts that may be used in any writing class.

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There are three different prompt styles that we will use.

  • An Image Prompt – one that just gives you an image in your mind and you take it from there.
  • A Dialogue Prompt – one that gives you the first few lines of dialogue and you take it from there.
  • A Combo Prompt – one that gives you a little of image and dialogue.

Here are a few examples:

1.        It is late at night.
We are looking at the front of a large Gothic Style Church.
There is a single light on the side of the church that lights the steps in front.  In that light we see an elderly woman dressed in a full white gown.  She is holding a bran muffin and speaking to a clown.
What do they say?

2.      Character #1:  Where’ve you been?

Character #2:  Don’t Start.

Character #1:  Well?

Character #2:  What?

Character #1:  Did you get it?

3.       The lights fade up on a small part of the stage and we see two individuals sitting on a platform with their legs dangling of the edge.  They are sitting on the edge of a dock.
They sit in quiet for a time until we hear; “How do we know if we are born?

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To keep up with our weekly prompts, go to our Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ohio-Playwrights-Circle/269003976491324

If you would like to submit a writing prompt to us, send your prompts to ohioplaywrightscircle@gmail.com

The OPC ACTORS GYM

In Class Info, General Update on August 19, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Luke Williams at the Actors Gym

Reading for the OPC Playwrighting Classes is like an evening at the “Actor’s Gym”. That’s what the OPC actors have decided to call it. You arrive at 3:30pm, you are immediately cast and given a script, a few minutes of coaching from a director and you are onstage reading by 5:00pm.
A blue-collar acting exercise………………… just git ‘er done.

OPC Actors

More Actors from the OPC Actors Gym getting their workout.

Actors and Directors Needed for Reading of New Plays

In Class Info, Readings Info on July 27, 2012 at 12:10 am

The Ohio Playwrights Circle is looking for actors to read various parts in a series of new works that are being written by playwrights with our circle. We need men and women of all ages. We are also looking for directors that may want to take a play and work with the actors to prepare the reading. If you are interested in participating in the readings we welcome you to contact Tim at timothybridwell@gmail.com.

 

OPC Actors…. Saul & Gary

Dates that we currently need readers and directors are:

August 1, 8,15,22, & 29, 2012.

We will meet at 6pm

Caryl D. Philips Creativity Center

116 N. Jefferson Street

Dayton, Ohio 45402

We always have a fun evening with this work. Join us!

To keep up with us follow us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ohio-Playwrights-Circle/269003976491324

This activity is sponsored by the Ohio Playwrights Circle, (a project of the American ArtWorks Foundation), is hosted by The Human Race Theatre Company, and made possible by the Marsha Hanna Fund for the Development of New Plays.

For additional information contact: ohioplaywrightscircle@gmail.com

Summer Classes Scheduled

In Class Info on May 29, 2012 at 2:19 pm

We have schedule another Playwrighting Level I class for the summer to help accommodate those that were unable to attend the spring class.  Please join us.

Playwrighting – Level I

Wednesdays – 6pm -8:30pm

July 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22.

This class is designed to take the mystery out of playwrighting and provide an introduction to new playwrights. 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.  The process involves a lot of scene writing, a lot of thinking, a lot of laughing, a lot of learning, and a lot of fun.   Each playwright will have the opportunity to create a 10-Minute Play that will be presented in a public reading.  The class is planned for novices and experienced playwrights alike and encourages the opportunity for playwrights to hear their work come to life. No Playwrights will be expected to begin the class with already completed work.  Actors and directors are welcome to be part of the process.

 Class size is limited.

Playwrights listening to their new work being read.

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The classes will take place at:

Caryl D. Philips Creativity Center
116 N. Jefferson Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402

For registration information please go to:

http://humanracetheatre.org/classes1112.php#otherwrkshps

This activity is sponsored by the Ohio Playwrights Circle, (a project of the American ArtWorks Foundation), is hosted by The Human Race Theatre Company, and made possible by the Marsha Hanna Fund for the Development of New Plays.

For more detailed information on classes, go to our Classes page.

For additional information contact: ohioplaywrightscircle@gmail.com

Actors and Directors Needed for Reading of New Plays

In Class Info, Readings Info on April 27, 2012 at 7:10 pm

The Ohio Playwrights Circle is looking for actors and directors to read various parts in a series of new works that are being written by playwrights with our circle.  We need men and women of all ages.  We are looking for directors that may want to take a 10 minute play and work with the actors to prepare the reading.  If you are interested in participating in the readings we welcome you to contact Tim Bridwell at tbridwell@woh.rr.com

Dates that we currently need readers and directors are:  May 2, 9, 16, & 23. 

We will meet at 6pm :

Caryl D. Philips Creativity Center
116 N. Jefferson Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402

We always have a fun evening with this work.  Join us!

To keep up with us follow us on Facebook at:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ohio-Playwrights-Circle/269003976491324

The readings are a project of the Ohio Playwrights Circle, sponsored by the American ArtWorks Foundation and hosted by The Human Race Theatre Company.

Playwrighting Class

In Class Info on March 15, 2012 at 7:32 pm

We are pleased to offer our first Playwrighting Class hosted by the Human Race Theatre Company, April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, & 16, from 6:00-8:00pm.

This class is designed to take the mystery out of playwrighting and provide an introduction to new playwrights. The method of building a play is explored through a variety of exercises. The process involves a lot of writing, a lot of thinking, a lot of laughing, a lot of learning, and a lot of fun. The class is planned for novices and experienced playwrights alike and encourages the opportunity for playwrights to hear their work come to life. Actors and directors are welcome to be part of the process.  We are just getting started but as we continue in this process we will update all on the unfolding details.

The class will take place at:

Caryl D. Philips Creativity Center
116 N. Jefferson Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402

Michael London will teach this class.

For registration information please go to:

http://humanracetheatre.org/classes1112.php#otherwrkshps

 

Michael M. London is an Ohio playwright who has worked with the artist-in-residence program at the Ohio Arts Council since 1986. His plays have been performed in the US and Canada. He has taught workshops and seminars on playwrighting over many years. Recently, he was a guest Professor in Playwrighting at Otterbein University. Michael is a member of the Dramatists Guild.