Playwriting – Technique

Clarity, Economy and Mystery: Playwriting Workshop

For new students, experienced playwrights who want to go back to the basics, actors wanting to write, and highly motivated beginners. You are introduced to a variety of tools designed to offer a strong sense of craft. Assignments, written as ten-minute plays, will cover dialogue, action, conflict, motivation, plot, structure, subtext, direct address and story. Others are designed to encourage the creative process, provoke the imagination, explore language, texture, character and impulse. These elements will be introduced slowly and methodically. You will develop a portfolio of well-crafted 10-minute plays in a safe and supportive environment. We follow the Liz Lerman Critical Response Process method of critique. PLEASE NOTE: You must complete the assignments before bringing in your own projects.


Required reading:
THE PLAYWRIGHTS GUIDEBOOK by Stuart Spencer*
GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS by David Mamet
INTIMATE APPAREL by Lynn Nottage
THE MIRACLE WORKER by William Gibson

*Available for purchase online via our registration system or in-person at the registration office.


For more information on other HB Studio playwriting classes in NYC, please feel free to download our course catalog.

Current and Upcoming