PADUA PLAYWRIGHTS
OFFERS WRITING WORKSHOP

WHAT:
Padua Playwrights Writers Workshop – a 10 week intensive and rigorous course taught by celebrated playwright and Padua founder, Murray Mednick. Students will be encouraged to develop a full length play by the end of the course, which will include close study and discussion of classic Greek, Shakespearian and modern texts, as well as in class writing exercises.† Additional work sessions will be led by Padua artistic director Guy Zimmerman.

WHEN:
Saturdays 1 – 5 pm:
June 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29;
then a break until September 2, 9, 16, 23
June 24 – July 29: work on text;
September 2-23: showcase students’ work

WHERE:
Studio 100
900 East 1st Street
Los Angeles CA 90012
(off Vignes Street, east of downtown)

HOW:
Submit up to 10 pages of writing (no screenplays or teleplays), a letter of intention (stating why you are interested in Padua and what you hope to achieve), and a self addressed stamped envelope to:

Studio 100
900 East 1st Street
Los Angeles CA 90012

Deadline:
June 12, 2011
(Class limited to 10 students)

FEE: $500

INFO: www.paduaplaywrights.com †or email workshopcoodinator@paduaplaywrights.org

Murray Mednick is the recipient of two Rockefeller Foundation grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an OBIE, several Bay Area Critics Awards, two LA Weekly Playwriting Awards (for Dictator and Fedunn), the American Theater Critics Association/Steinberg New Play Citation (for Joe and Betty), an Ovation Lifetime Achievement Award from Theatre LA for outstanding contributions to Los Angeles Theatre, a Local Hero Garland Award from Back Stage West for a Distinguished Body of Work, a Career Achievement Award from the LA Weekly, and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle’s most prestigious honor, The Margaret Harford Award for “Sustained Excellence in Theater.”† Born in Brooklyn, New York, he was for many years a playwright-in-residence at New York’s Theatre Genesis, which presented all of his early work (The Hawk, The Deer Kill, The Hunter, Sand, Are You Lookin’?, and others).† He was artistic co-director of Genesis from 1970 to 1974, when he emigrated to California.† Plays produced since then include Iowa and Blessings (for the PBS series “Visions”), The Coyote Cycle, Taxes, Scar, Heads, Shatter ‘N Wade, Fedunn, Switchback, Skinwalkers, Baby Jesus!, Dictator, Freeze, 16 Routines, Joe and Betty, Mrs Feuerstein G-nome and The Gary Plays, a trilogy.† He founded the Padua Hills Playwrights Workshop/Festival in 1978 and was artistic director until its closure in 1995.†

Guy Zimmerman, award-winning playwright and director and artistic director of Padua Playwrights, has staged 17 productions of new plays in Los Angeles and New York by playwrights Murray Mednick, John Steppling, John O’Keefe, Wesley Walker, Sharon Yablon and others. Serving as the Supervising Editor of Padua Press he has published four new play anthologies that are distributed nationally by TCG. He recently directed his first feature length film project Girl on a Bed, based on the play by Murray Mednick. Other films include The Wasps and Liddy (written by Sissy Boyd). His plays include La Clarita, The Inside Job, The Wasps and Vagrant.

WRITING WORKSHOP

WHEN:
Saturdays 1 – 5pm
June 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29;
then a break until
September 2, 9, 16, 23
June 24 – July 29: work on text;
September 2-23:
showcase students’ work

WHERE:
Studio 100
900 East 1st Street
Los Angeles CA 90012
(off Vignes Street, east of downtown)

HOW:
Submit up to 10 pages of writing (no screenplays or teleplays), a letter of intention (stating why you are interested in Padua and what you hope to achieve), and a self addressed stamped envelope to:

Devon Carson
Workshop Coordinator
433 North Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103

Deadline:
June 12, 2006
(Class limited to 10 students)

FEE: $500

INFO: www.paduaplaywrights.com † or
email Devon Carson at dcarson@oxy.edu