The Samuel French Institute


Are you looking for a chance to workshop a play? Need some tips on how to get your play produced? The Samuel French Institute has a class for you.

The Samuel French Institute was launched in June 2012 and has featured classes and seminars with theatre professionals and Samuel French authors like Kristoffer Diaz, Crystal Skillman, Saviana Stanescu, Mark Blankenship, and Jim Brochu. With topics ranging from playwriting to writing theatre reviews, the 2012 summer session was a great success.

It’s hard to believe that September is just around the corner, but we’re excited to announce that the Samuel French Institute has a whole new lineup of classes and seminars for the fall! Enrollment has officially opened, so take a look at the upcoming offerings below:


PLAYWRITING FOR (ABSOLUTE) BEGINNERS with Hal Corley will take place on Tuesday evenings from September through November. Intended for people who have always wanted to write a play but have never gotten the chance, this class will start with the basics. You’ll be guided through a series of exercises and prompts – and then you’ll get the chance to write a play of your own.



ROCK YOUR REWRITES! ADVANCED PLAYWRITING INTENSTIVES with Crystal Skillman will take place on Wednesday evenings from October through December. This course will guide playwrights through the rewriting process with the goal of sharpening each writer’s play to meet his or her goals for the piece. It will culminate in a two-day presentation for industry professionals with a reading of each new play. (Please note that this class is by application only.)


THE PLAY ONLY YOU CAN WRITE with Kristoffer Diaz will take place on Friday, October 5th. This seminar will work through the process of finding your unique voice and examine why the theatre can be the best medium to express it.





YOU WROTE A PLAY, NOW WHAT? with Atlantic Theater Company’s Abigail Katz will take place on Saturday, October 6th. Once your play is complete, figuring out what to do next can be an overwhelming and mystifying task. This seminar will offer valuable insider tips about play submissions, networking, and other ways to navigate the industry.


To enroll or learn more, click here.


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