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Solo Show & Storytelling Warrior Weekend (Summer 2019)

  • 08 Jun 2019
  • 09 Jun 2019
  • 2 sessions
  • 08 Jun 2019, 12:00 PM 5:15 PM
  • 09 Jun 2019, 12:00 PM 5:15 PM
  • Literacenter, 651 W. Lake St.
  • 4


  • This registration is for students new to Chicago Dramatists.
  • 40% off

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Solo Show & Storytelling Weekend

Instructor: Resident Playwright Arlene Malinowski

This "warrior weekend" class is designed for actors, playwrights, solo artists, and storytellers at all levels – from those who are thinking about writing a one-person show or narrative story to those who are in the final stages of polishing one. We will focus on developing your unique style with class exercises and one on one coaching.

This hands-on workshop will cover:

(1)Finding your voice and the voice of the story. 

(2) The 13 styles of solo/story pieces.

(3) Designing the solo/story plot structure. Use of narrators.

(4) Themes & Universal truth.

(4) Techniques to manipulate the storyteller/audience relationship.

(5) Character development and character signatures.

(7) Every Student has the opportunity to work in front of the class and get one on one coaching.

Participants may choose to bring to the first session: 5-7 minutes of a solo show or story, or even just an idea. This class is designed to serve you and your personal creative goals. We will work hard and have big fun!

Sessions/Weekday 1 Weekend
Start/End Date June 8th - June 9th
Time Slot 12:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Notes N/A

See What They Say About Arlene

"People come to me all day long to coach, dramaturg, direct and develop their work as writers, authors, and solo show artists. When I need these services, there is only one person I trust my own work with - that is the divine Ms. Arlene Malinowski." 

Wendy Hammers - Actor/Teacher, Author 
(Curb Your EnthusiasmThe Sopranos, Solo Shows: Undressing New Jersey & RIPE. Curator: Tasty Wordswendyhammers.com

“Arlene took me step by step from a rough idea in my head to a fully realized solo show on a stage with lights and an audience. Because of her support (and sense of humor) I got everything I needed and more.”

Carlease Burke   - (Brooklyn nine-nineNCIS-LAMy Crazy Ex-Girl friend. Solo Shows: Go Back to Your Womb50 Don’t Look this Good on Everybody) 


"Arlene’s ability to create a warmly encouraging artistic space, paired with her razor-sharp mind, make her a tremendous resource for any writer. She continues to be the go-to guru for writing professionals." 

Julie Ganey - Chicago actor, solo shows, 2nd Story, AEA/SAG/AFTRA, blah, blah


Arlene Malinowski is the first name that comes to mind when I think "solo performance". She is a mentor above all mentors. This lady is in a word - Remarkable. 
R.C. Riley - a writer, performer, and dreamer of all things wonderful. 


“Arlene is wonderful. . . Wherever you are in your writing or creative career, Arlene will help you move ahead, unblock those pesky blocks and open your creative channels."

Aaron Graham - Actor, Faculty Second City, Founding member Improvised Sondheim Project 

About the Solo Show Track

The Solo Show track is designed to provide playwrights with a solid foundation for Storytelling & writing and performing Solo Plays.

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