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. 







In this hands-on seminar designed for early-career directors, actors who are interested in directing, and working directors who are looking to refresh their process, participants will develop their own rigorous approach to effectively analyze scripts and articulating their vision. Using Seamus Heaney's translation of Antigone (The Burial at Thebes) as the source text, the workshop will explore concepts of event, main dramatic question, objectives, obstacles, dramatic structure, and defining the world of the play. In the second part of the seminar, participants will put their analysis into action, staging a scene with professional actors to experiment with the impact their choices make in creating clear storytelling. 
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. 
March 7, 2020: 9-6pm
Workshop Schedule
  9am-12pm    Text analysis seminar
     12pm-1pm    Scene work with actors
                   1pm-3pm    Lunch break and pitch practice
       3pm-4pm    Scene work with actors
                       4pm-6pm    Pitch presentations and wrap up 

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 $100  -  DL Member $80  -  DL Alum $75  -  SDC/AEA $80  -  Student $70

 will have the opportunity to observe the participants working with the actors during the text analysis workshop. Observers will not have the opportunity to pitch and receive feedback  
General Admission $70    -  DL Member $50  -  DL Alum $45  -  SDC/AEA $50  -  Student $40