Professional Classes & 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. 

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Text Analysis for Directors & Creatives

May 8 & 9, 2021
May 8 | 10am – 1pm EST
May 9 | 10pm – 1pm EST

Participant (Sold Out)

Back by popular demand, Text Analysis for Directors & Creatives is a hands-on seminar by Sarah Wansley 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. The workshop will explore concepts of event, main dramatic question, objectives, obstacles, dramatic structure, and defining the world of the play.

The virtual workshop will consist of two three-hour classes live over Zoom, and there will be short readings and some prep work outside of the class times. There is no observer option for this class.

Sarah Elizabeth Wansley (she/her/hers) is a New York-based director, producer, and educator. 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.

The Art of the Pitch: Sharing Your Vision as a Director

May 18 & June 2, 2021
May 18 | 6pm – 8pm EST [Participants & Observers]
June 2   | Participants-only pitch workshopping session

Participant (Sold Out): $120 | Observer: $55

The Art of the Pitch: Sharing Your Vision as a Director leads participants towards the discipline of authentically framing your conceptual ideas in compelling, concise, and strategic ways. Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks and a community of directors will share their experiences and findings pitching to gatekeepers across the regional, commercial, and international scenes. The Drama League has been a leader in this training with their acclaimed Directors Project, which has been developing the careers of directors for nearly 40 years.

There are two options for taking this class. Participants will have the opportunity to interact in the class on Zoom and will be able to get personal feedback on their pitch in the second session. Observers will be able to audit the first session.

Gabriel Stelian-Shanks (he/him/his) is the Artistic Director of The Drama League, and a founding member of the creative content company A CERTAIN SOMETHING. One of the co-directors of Peculiar Works Project’s Obie-winning THE VILLAGE FRAGMENTS, he has directed over sixty productions across the United States, Europe, and South America. He received the Theatre Project Honor for Outstanding Vision in the Theatre, and was recognized for his arts leadership by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. This year, he was nominated for Best Director at the 2020 Madrid International Film Festival; his short film “The Damnable Deprivation of Dmitri” was chosen to open the 2020 New Masculinities Festival.

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