Intro to Playwrighting

with Paul Michael Thomson

Saturdays from 10:00a-12:00p | ONLINE

April 18th, 2020

$150 | 5 weeks

10 Student Limit


In this five-week online course, students will learn some of the fundamental building blocks of playwrighting. What are the key elements of a play? How do we reveal character through behavior instead of description? And what the heck makes something "theatrical"?


By providing in-session writing prompts, out-of-class assignments, and facilitated feedback sessions, Thomson will guide students through the earliest stages of a new draft. By the end of the five weeks, each playwright should have a solid foundation from which to jump to finish their draft--writing a play that comes completely from their heart.

This will be a “fresh idea” course where we use a prompt on the first day that we will eventually draft throughout the five weeks. If you has something you are working on that want feedback, you will have the chance to do so later in the class. All you need is a computer, a writing processor (word, pages, or GoogleDocs), and an internet connection.

About Paul


Paul Michael Thomson is a Chicago-based actor, playwright, and Co-Artistic Director of The Story Theatre. His plays have been produced by Avalanche Theatre, The Impostors Theatre Company, Arc Theatre, Other Theatre Company, North Central College, The University of Arizona, and The Story Theatre, of which he is a proud founding member. Thomson graduated summa cum laude from the Honors College at The University of Arizona with a BFA in Acting, a BA in Africana Studies, minors in Spanish & Art History, and a certificate in Hoping It All Pays Off. He is a recipient of the M.E.H. Lewis Scholarship from Chicago Dramatists and has trained with the Ensemble Studio Theatre under Susan Merson and the Jackalope Playwrights Lab under Calamity West.

Select plays include

Leave Me Alone!; Artemis Books & the Well-Meaning Man; Fremont Junior High Is NOT Doing Oklahoma!; The G.O.A.T., or Who Is Ximone?; (and i feel fine); What's the Name of That Psychologist That Believed Free Will Was an Illusion?; and Same Sects!.

Select honors and awards include: The Heath Fund's "Favorite 'Under the Radar' Plays of 2018" (Leave Me Alone!); The Heath Fund's "Favorite Staged Readings of 2019" (Artemis Books...); Outstanding Senior of the College of Fine Arts, The University of Arizona; The Hattie Lockett Poetry Center Award; Honors College Dean's Award of Excellency; The University of Arizona Pillars of Excellence Award; Emerging Playwright-in-Residence, The Story Theatre.

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