NHSI Playwriting and Online Programs

Information for Students

Are you an aspiring playwright/screenwriter/actor?  Check out opportunities at NHSI to hone your craft all year long!

I never thought about being a professional writer in my life but this program made showed me all the possibilities there are to write as your profession. Now I’m definitely considering it.- Playwriting Student, 2020

I have grown as a writer and it will show in any of my writing no matter the subject. And I also feel more confident in my creative abilities which will help me in all classes. – Playwriting Student, 2020

Online Winter Teen Acting Boot Camp

Spend your Saturdays this winter learning the craft of acting from Actor/Teacher Marcus Folmar!
With recent appearances on shows such as Black-ish, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Fresh Off The Boat, Marcus Folmar has booked more than 80 TV shows, commercials and films. For the past 13 years, he’s been helping other artists do the same as an acting and audition coach. In this 10-week essential skills workshop, students will learn how to build dynamic characters, what it means to make strong choices, and how to translate both in a performance.

Participants will receive guidance on selecting and refining a monologue which is often required when seeking representation or applying to conservatories and university theater programs. Additionally, students will execute a series of mock auditions through which they’ll discover the difference in approach required for commercial casting versus TV and Film and get best practices for creating competitive self-taped submissions which has now become the industry’s go to method for finding talent.

Dates: January 8th, 2022 – March 12th, 2022, Saturdays only from 1pm – 3pm CST

Fees: $400 for 10 sessions. Financial aid is available for students with need.

Eligibility: This program is available to students who are currently in any grade in high school, freshmen through seniors are welcome.

Application: The link will open on November 3rd and will be posted right here!

Online Winter TV Pilot Boot Camp

This winter Playwriting Faculty Member John Corwin will offer a unique online experience for students interested in television and writing! Ever had have an idea for a TV series? That’s great! Here’s where you can learn how to turn that idea into a script and long-running series. Email correspondence with your instructor will begin two weeks before programming starts with guided brainstorming assignments, shows to watch and materials to read in order to learn the industry standards of genre, format and structure. Over the eight session intensive, students watch and discuss pilots from popular, acclaimed shows, analyze the scripts, and discover what makes the show work, how they succeed and how they fail. Students will then take what they’ve learned and apply that to their own ideas, assembling an outline for the pilot and even writing the teaser and first act.

Dates: January 22, 2022 – March 12th, 2022, Saturdays only from 12pm CST – 1:30pm CST

Fees: $400 for 8 sessions. Financial aid is available for students with need.

Eligibility: This program is available to students who are currently in any grade in high school, freshmen through seniors are welcome.

Application: The link will open on November 3rd and will be posted right here!

 3-Week Summer Online Playwriting Intensive

· Surround yourself with students and faculty that share your passion.

· Receive focused attention and feedback from experienced faculty.

· Develop your scripts into a final virtual staged reading performed by professional actors.

Dates and Tuition for our 2022 Programs will be announced this fall!  Check the website often for updates!
Financial Aid is available for students with need.
Eligibility: Any student who has attended a workshop with John Corwin, Ian Merrigan, Marcus Folmar, or Sharena Sigmon and has a completed first draft of their 10- minute play.  Students who have not attended in-school residencies will need to submit a sample of dramatic writing in order to be eligible. This program is available to students who are currently in their freshman, sophomore, or junior year of high school.

In this 3-week summer intensive, a select group of student writers will spend each day delving deeply into the craft of writing for the stage and screen. Every morning, the students work on developing their plays in a master class led by a professional playwright. In the afternoon, students will take two electives:

A Television Pilot Class:

Ever had have an idea for a TV series? That’s great! Now all you have to do is turn that idea into a pilot. This elective will help. While we discuss TV basics and tricks of the trade, we will watch and discuss the first episodes of hour-long dramas and half-hour comedies, dissecting them, finding out what makes them work, how they succeed and how they fail. Students will then take what they’ve learned and apply that to their own ideas, assembling an outline for the pilot and even writing the teaser and first act.

New Play Development Workshop:

In this course you will work with actors and directors in a rehearsal process to hear their scripts out loud. In this process, playwrights have the opportunity to receive feedback from professional mentors and take what they learn from rehearsal back into the morning masterclass.

I had never met or connected with a playwright before the in-school workshop, and I gained a lot of insight into how a play is developed and eventually put onto a stage for a full production. – Playwriting Student, 2020

The process will culminate in an online reading of student plays read by professional actors.

Application link will be listed here once opened!

I would tell [future Cherubs] to get ready for the experience of their lives. It is a ton of work and dedication. But it pays off. I came out of the Cherubs program a different person. It completely changed my life.”  – 2016 Playwriting student

DAILY SCHEDULE for ONLINE Institute Summer 2021:

Classes will occur Mondays – Fridays

Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri Schedule

10 AM:                        Meeting – John Corwin will begin the Chicago programming at 10 .m. CST

                                    Ian Merrigan will begin L.A. programming at 10 a.m. PST

                                     30 min- 1hr discussion and day’s assignment

1PM:                            In Chicago – Student Share and Feedback for 1 hour with John Corwin

3PM CST/1 PM PST:    Pilot class– 1-2 hours per session with John Corwin

Chicago and LA students meet and are broken into groups of 4 to work on Pilots

Description:      Ever had have an idea for a TV series? That’s great! Now all you have to do is turn that idea into a pilot. This elective will help.  While we discuss TV basics and tricks of the trade, we will watch and discuss the first episodes of hour-long dramas and half-hour comedies, dissecting them, finding out what makes them work, how they succeed and how they fail. Students will then take what they’ve learned and apply that to their own ideas, assembling an outline for the pilot and even writing the teaser and first act.

3PM PST:                     LA Students Share and Feedback for 1 hour with Ian Merrigan

This schedule is for the first two weeks or programming.  The third week will be final edits and rehearsals for the performance of playwrights’ work.

Wednesdays:                    Guest speakers from the theater community will hold master classes and Q&A sessions.

The process will culminate in an online reading of student plays read by professional actors.