Draft One – A Playwriting Intensive with Carl Holder

The Brick is proud to present Draft One: A Playwriting Workshop with Carl Holder. This workshop takes place on Mondays from October 4 – November 22 6-9pm ET via Zoom. Cost of admission is $400.

Open to Writers of All Experience Levels! Come write your first play with us, or come shake things up to get a new perspective on your longstanding working practices…

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What is a play? Why do we make them? How do you want to make YOURS?

Over this course students will be guided through a survey of theater history and the specific components of playwriting, as well as discussions on broader topics and principles of theater/art making. Lectures will be paired with in-class exercises aimed at jumpstarting and empowering your personal writing process. This class is about equipping you with the tools and inspiration you need to write the play(s) you want to write.

The working practices and writing of Suzan Lori-Parks, Paula Vogel, Mac Wellman, Caryl Churchill, Young Jean Lee, Maria Irene Fornes, David Greenspan, Jiehae Park, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Lynn Nottage, Lucas Hnath, Branden Jacob Jenkins, Qui Nyugen, Robert O’Hara, Annie Baker, and others! Also a smattering of contact with those creators well known for being established, dusty and/or dead…maybe they can be useful too?

Students are asked to complete the first draft of a new idea over the term and will be given the tools, guidance, space and encouragement to do so. Pages will be workshopped during the final meetings. Each writer will receive a one-on -one feedback session during the course and full notes on their final draft, delivered after the class ends.

Born in Gainesville Florida, Carl Holder received his BFA in Acting from SUNY Purchase (2008), and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU/Tisch (2020). His play Until You Come Back to Me won the 2020 Goldberg Play Prize and was a Finalist for the 2019 Neukom Literary Arts Playwriting Award. Carl was also a Semi-Finalist for The Jerome Fellowship at the Playwrights Center. His play Waiter and Two Octopuses was a Semi-Finalist for the 2019 O’Neill Playwrights Conference and a 2018/19 Finalist for the DVRF Playwrights Program. Charleses received an Honorable Mention for The Relentless Award from The American Playwriting Foundation. Holder has twice been awarded an E-Grant from The Foundation for Contemporary Art for his plays An Intimate Evening with Typhoid Mary, and re:opening. Carl has developed and/or performed work with Incubator Arts Project, EST, Dennis and Victoria Ross Foundation, The Tank, FringeNYC, The Brick, Standard Toykraft, The Gym at Judson, House of Yes, Hearth Gods, Allegra LaViola Gallery, The Gene Frankel, Ice Factory and The New Ohio. Carl has written, acted, and directed as Artistic Director of Glass Bandits Theatre Company since 2008. He’s currently in The Bricks Inaugural Writer’s Group ‘SoundLab’ a residency developing podcasts with playwrights. Carl lives and works in Brooklyn where he writes and cooks delicious treats with his loves, Amelia the beagle and Lucia Hierro, the artist.


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