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David Henry Hwang Writer's Institute

Introduction to Playwriting
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Introduction to Playwriting


with Lisa Sanaye Dring

Calendar Apr 1, 2021 at 7:30 pm, runs for 8 weeks


In this workshop we will learn about playwriting through practice and discussion. We'll go over basic components of beginning/middle/end, action, dialogue, character, and formatting, as well as structure and style. We'll read some fabulous plays. Each writer will leave class with a polished 10-minute piece as well as the beginning of a full-length play.

Level: Beginners

Scholarships are limited and based on availability. For more information, please email  


Lisa was honored as a recipient of the 2020/21 PLAY LA Stage Raw/Humanitas Prize. The Wicked One was a finalist for the Relentless Award, a finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, a finalist for the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference and a semi-finalist for the O'Neill Playwrights Conference. Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin, a play she co-wrote with Chelsea Sutton, was nominated for 8 Ovation Awards including Best Production (winner of 5). Lisa's work has been developed/produced by The New Group, Actors Theatre of Louisville, East West Players, Circle X, SCF @ Son of Semele, Playwrights’ Arena, Rogue Artists Ensemble, The Motor Company and Theatre of NOTE. Lisa is co-writing the next chapter of Kaidan Project as an augmented reality project, an EWP/Rogue Artists collaboration coming in October. She is a MacDowell Fellow, a member of EWP’s Writers Group and will go to Yaddo in 2021. Lisa co-founded and co-directs Rogue Artists’ Rogue Lab, an incubator for hyper-theatrical new work. She serves as the Associate Artistic Director of Circle X Theatre Co.

She has made theatre for nursing homes, gardens, bars, cars, virtual reality universes, earbuds, fields, warehouses and performance venues.

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