Master Workshops

The Drama League Theater Center in Tribeca offers directors, collaborating artists, and audiences a range of classes, intensives and workshops designed to augment working artists' skill sets and enrich personal creativity for all. 







TEXT ANALYSIS FOR DIRECTORS AND CREATIVES is a hands-on seminar designed for directors looking to explore and refresh their process or artists who are interested in directing, with a goal to develop their own rigorous approach to effectively analyze scripts and articulate vision. Investigating Lynn Nottage's Sweat and Alice Birch's Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again., the workshop will explore concepts of event, main dramatic question, objectives, obstacles, dramatic structure, and defining the world of the play. 

Moving from analysis to interpretation, directors will practice the elements of a great pitch and have the opportunity to pitch a production and receive individual feedback. The virtual workshop will consist of three two hour classes live over Zoom, and there will be short readings and some prep work outside of the class times. 

All participants will need to obtain a copy of the scripts used in the class. Here is a link to Lynn Nottage’s SWEAT and Alice Birch’s Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

Event in three sessions:

About the Instructor: 

Sarah Elizabeth Wansley is a New York-based director, producer, and educator. She develops new plays and musicals, as well as highly theatrical adaptations of classic works. Sarah is the Artistic Producer at Chautauqua Theater Company and was the inaugural recipient of the Cleveland Play House Artistic Directing Fellowship for Women. Recent directing projects Egress by Melissa Crespo and Sarah Saltwick at Cleveland Play House, Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. by Alice Birch at Dobama Theatre, The Seagull by Anton Chekhov with the CPH/Case Western MFA program, A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, and The Amish Project by Jessica Dickey at Chautauqua Theater Company. She is a New Georges Affiliated Artist, a 2018 Drama League Resident Artist, a 2015 Drama League Directing Fellow and a member of the 2011 Lincoln Center Director's Lab. Sarah received her MFA in Directing from UCSD under acclaimed Romanian director Gabor Tompa and a BA in English Literature from Columbia University (summa cum laude). Upcoming projects The Amish Project at PlayMaker’s Repertory Company and Twelfth Night at Chautauqua Theater Company. Sarah teaches text analysis and directing at Fordham University.



Participants will have the opportunity to work with the actors during the text analysis workshop and will have the chance to pitch and receive feedback.
    General Admission $60  -  DL Member $40  -  DL Alum $40  -  SDC/AEA $50  -  Student $30







The Drama League is a dedicated advocate for increased diversity and for the inclusion of artists who are Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Differently-Abled, and LGBTQIA2+ in all our programs. We aim to achieve full inclusion in all our programs, providing opportunities for directors to tell their stories, so that we make a theater that truly reflects the society in which we live; where each artist is considered on their merits as an individual; where the stories being told are drawn from authentic and diverse experiences; and where our individual humanity can be celebrated.

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