Echo Playwright’s Studio

INTRODUCING THE ECHO PLAYWRIGHT’S STUDIO: 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.

YOU ALREADY KNOW WHAT TO WRITE with Boni B. Alvarez
Sundays 11am-2pm
May 14 – June 25 (no class May 28)
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.

SIGN UP NOW! EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT AVAILABLE UNTIL MAY 4, 2017

LOSING IT: WRITING YOUR FIRST PLAY AT THE ECHO with Erik Patterson
Tuesdays 7-10pm
May 16 – June 20
The Echo Theater at the Atwater Village Theater – 3269 Casitas Ave, Los Angeles

Have you always wanted to write a play, but some inner voice said you couldn’t do it? I will help you tell that voice to shut up. Writers write, so class time will be divided between in-class writing exercises and reading/discussing each other’s work. Students are expected to come to the first class with some basic ideas for a play—a character, a theme, a scene—some kernel of what you want to write about. By the end of our 6-week intensive class, you’ll have the first draft of a play. All creative types are welcome. First time writers encouraged.

ERIK PATTERSON is a playwright and screenwriter. He recently won the Los Angeles Drama Critic’s Circle Award for One of the Nice Ones, which had its world premiere at The Echo Theater Company in 2016. His plays have been nominated for the Ovation Award, the Stage Raw Award, the LA Weekly Award, and the GLAAD Media Award. His writing for TV has been nominated for two Emmy Awards, as well as garnering the Humanitas Prize and the Writer’s Guild Award. Erik is a graduate of Occidental College and the British American Drama Academy.

SIGN UP NOW! EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT AVAILABLE UNTIL MAY 4, 2017

Registration for each class is $300, or $275 if registered during our Early Bird Period.

PAYMENT PLANS ARE AVAILABLE by contacting Producing Director Jesse Cannady at jesse@echotheatercompany.com prior to purchasing your course.

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

For questions or concerns, please contact Jesse Cannady at info@echotheatercompany.com