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Essentials 1 ONLINE (Summer 2019)

  • 18 Jun 2019
  • 23 Jul 2019
  • 6 sessions
  • 18 Jun 2019, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 25 Jun 2019, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 02 Jul 2019, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 09 Jul 2019, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 16 Jul 2019, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 23 Jul 2019, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • Online
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  • This registration is for students new to Chicago Dramatists.


Essentials 1 ONLINE 
 Playwright Cassandra Rose

In the first of the Essentials series, you will become familiar with the components of dramatic structure and format, receive tools to explore your unique voice and how to give and receive usable feedback, grasp the difference between dialog and conversation, plus will write and workshop a 10-minute play applying what you have learned.

Note: Either Essentials 1 or Essentials Weekend Bootcamp must be taken as prerequisites for the other Essentials courses—Essentials 2  and Essentials 3. 

Where: On-line using Zoom or Google Hangouts. You will receive instructions on how to access the meeting site prior to class. You must have a solid internet connection along with a computer with working speakers so you can hear and a microphone so that the class and instructor can hear you.  A working camera is a bonus, but not 100% necessary. Pdfs will be shared via email or GoogleDocs prior to class, and some scenes will be read during class. You are expected to access class from a quiet place with limited interruptions and distractions. The instructor will contact you in the week before the class to do a "tech check" and make sure everyone can connect.

Sessions/Weekday 6 Tuesdays
Start/End Date Jun 18 - Jul 23  (6 sessions) 
Time Slot 6:30pm - 9:30pm

About the Tier 1 Essentials Track

Comprising the Writers Studio’s Essentials 1 through 3 fundamentals sequence, students will explore their unique voice and theatricality, be able to describe and apply dramatic structure, write dialogue, stage direction, construct characters, arrange work in the correct industry format, and employ methods to give and receive feedback.

Essentials 1 is a prerequisite for Essentials 2, which in turn is a prerequisite for Essentials 3.

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