NHSI Playwriting Program

Information for Students

Are you an aspiring playwright/screenwriter?  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

 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: June 28th, 2021 – July 17th, 2021
Fees: $800 for 3-Week Program
Financial Aid is available for students with need.
Eligibility: Any student who has attended a workshop with John Corwin, Ian Merrigan, Marcus Folmar, or Dolores Diaz 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.

To apply click here: Three Week Summer Intensive

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:

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.