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David Henry Hwang Writer's Institute

Writing Beyond the Proscenium
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Writing Beyond the Proscenium


with Lisa Sanaye Dring

Calendar Oct 22, 2020 at 7:30 pm, runs for 8 weeks


From ghost tours in warehouses to solo shows in living rooms to live online clown performances—we are looking for new ways to share theatre. Come explore the ever-expanding boundaries of ‘the stage.’ Even before zoom took over our lives, non-traditional forms of storytelling were exploding, and now we are tasked with getting even more creative about communicating dramatic vision.

In this class we will learn about different ways of twisting the laws of theatrical space. We will generate ideas about genre-bending and fourth wall decimating plays, and experiment in modes of communicating those impossibilities on the page. Writers will walk away with a fully formed pitch for their project, a final draft of a scene for the piece, and a lot of new tools for getting into theatrical trouble.

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

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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