Writing for Actors

Starts: Friday, September 28, 2018
Fridays, 11am-2pm, 10 Weeks - no class on 11/23

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So many actors want to write but are unsure how to start. Others are
intimidated. But why should that be? Many of the skills needed to write
– understanding how dialogue reveals character, how scenes are
structured, how the action of the play reveals the truth of the story – are
skills every good actor already has. This class will teach actors how to
use the things they already know to write dramatic literature. We will
start with guided exercises to help develop each writer’s voice, then
move on to monologues and scenes. Your final project will be a one-act
(15-25 minutes) read by actors in the Barrow Group community.


Instructor: John Yearley

John Yearley is the author of The Unrepeatable Moment (“Thought provoking…exhilarating…painfully hilarious” – New York Times, “Yearley is a master” – Huffington Post), Leap (Mickey Kaplan New American Play Prize, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Ephemera (John Gassner Award), Another Girl (PlayPenn), and Bruno Hauptmann Kissed My Forehead (Abingdon Theatre). His latest play, Eight Minutes, Twenty Seconds, was workshopped by LABryinth Theatre Company and performed at Temple University. Work for young audiences include The Last Wish (Macy’s New Play Prize for Young Audiences) and an adaptation of Sophocles’ Antigone. Short plays All in Little Pieces and A Low-Lying Fog are available through Samuel French. He writes for the PBS Kids animated show Arthur, and previously worked as a “script doctor” for New Line Cinema. Member of the Dramatists Guild, Writers Guild, and twice a MacDowell Fellow. MFA in Playwriting from Temple University.


Location: The Barrow Group
312 West 36 St, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10018
Phone: 212.760.2615



FridaySeptember 28, 201811:00 am - 2:00 pm
FridayOctober 5, 201811:00 am - 2:00 pm
FridayOctober 12, 201811:00 am - 2:00 pm
FridayOctober 19, 201811:00 am - 2:00 pm
FridayOctober 26, 201811:00 am - 2:00 pm
FridayNovember 2, 201811:00 am - 2:00 pm
FridayNovember 9, 201811:00 am - 2:00 pm
FridayNovember 30, 201811:00 am - 2:00 pm
FridayDecember 7, 201811:00 am - 2:00 pm
FridayDecember 14, 201811:00 am - 2:00 pm
Please Note:

All payments for classes are non-refundable (unless a class is canceled).
If you need to cancel a class for any reason, you must notify us by email at least one week before the class begins, and we will apply a credit to your account for a future class.
As our faculty are all working professional actors, directors and playwrights, we reserve the right to change teachers at any time.
Commitment is for the duration of the session. THERE ARE NO CREDITS OR REFUNDS FOR MISSED CLASSES. If you discontinue any class before the ending date of the session, you forfeit your fee.