a training center for playwrights, directors, and actors creating new work in Los Angeles from the company crowned “the best bet for ballsy original plays” by the LA Weekly.

Mondays 11am-2pm
October 30 – December 4
The Echo Theater at the Atwater Village Theater – 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles

A 6-week playwriting workshop led by Boni B. Alvarez. Sessions incorporate writing exercises to unearth the stories, characters, and drama that already exist in a playwright’s life. Participants will mine their lives and ‘what they already know’ in the writing of new pages, with the goal of completing the first draft of a new play by workshop’s end.

B. ALVAREZ is a Los Angeles-based playwright-actor. His plays include BLOODLETTING, DALLAS NON-STOP, RUBY, TRAGICALLY ROTUND, DUSTY DE LOS SANTOS, DOLLS OF AMERICA, MARABELLA, and THE SPECIAL EDUCATION OF MISS LORNA CAMBONGA. His plays have been produced/developed at Playwrights’ Arena, Center Theatre Group, Chalk Rep, Skylight Theatre Co, The Vagrancy, Second Generation (2g, NYC), InterAct Theatre (Philadelphia), and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He has been a Semi-Finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and Finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award and Clubbed Thumb’s Biennial Commission. Alum of the CBS Writers Mentoring Program, Skylight Theatre’s Play Lab, CTG Writers’ Workshop, Moving Arts’ MADlab, and Humanitas/CTG Play LA Workshop. BA – Sarah Lawrence College, MFA – American Repertory Theatre/MXAT Institute at Harvard University, MFA – USC. Upcoming: NICKY (Chekhov’s Ivanov) with Coeurage Theatre Company & FIXED (Calderon’s The Physician of His Own Honor) with Echo Theater Company.

Wednesdays 7-10pm
October 25 – December 6 (no class November 22)
The NoHo Actor’s Studio – 5215 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood

A safe, enCOURAGE-ing, playful space where we will learn exercises that inspire and free up your inner writer and learn through in-class writing and staging. Tools will be given on how to re-write and address problems in your first draft using an investigator’s mind to unlock its greatness. Students will assist each other with feedback in a way that does not hamper or control your narrative and encourages the creative spirit. Depending on availability, guest playwrights may drop in, as well as professional actors so you can hear your words in action. Free up your voice and quell your inner critic to become a self-reliant playwright. .

Jaqueline Wright graduated from CalArts. She’s a playwright and screenwriter working in LA. Her plays have been produced by such companies as Theater of NOTE, Echo Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, CalArts, Northridge State and Occidental. She’s been honored with numerous awards and earned a dedicated following. A feature film based on her play EAT ME is currently out to festivals, and her short play BEAUTIFUL was just produced at the Treasure Valley Children’s festival where it received the Screeners Choice Award. Her play VIOLET was featured in the Echo Theater’s recent anthology show NEVER THE LESS SHE PERSISTED. .

Registration for each class is $300.

There are no refunds or exchanges. We ask that students attend all classes and bring appropriate materials to each class- laptop computers, pens and paper, and copies of new pages if no computer is available.

For questions, please contact us at info@echotheatercompany.com