NHSI Playwriting and Online Programs
Are you an aspiring playwright/screenwriter/actor? Check out opportunities at NHSI to hone your craft all year long!
I truly had a blast with my peers in the program, and enjoyed every moment of daily life on campus.”– 2022 Playwriting Cherub
This was one of the best experiences of my life. I learned so much about what it means to be a writer, the process of writing a play, and I also met so many new frineds that I will stay in touch with for a very long time.”– 2022 Playwriting Cherub
2-Week Summer 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 staged reading performed by professional actors.
Summer 2022 Playwriting Intensive
June 26th – July 9, 2022 at Northwestern University
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 2-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.
[My experience with the staged reading was] amazing. It’s rare for [high school] students to have that kind of experience, and the actors brought my play to life.”– 2022 Playwriting Cherub
DAILY SCHEDULE for Playwriting Intensive Summer 2022:
Times are subject to change. However, the structure of schedule will remain the same
9:00-10:30 Writing Room – Student playwrights work with faculty in a writers’ room-like setting to craft and read their plays
10:45 – 12:00 Writing/Revisions – Students work to edit their plays
12:00 – 1:00 LUNCH
1:00-2:30 TV Pilot Elective – 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.
2:45 – 4:15 Theatre Institute Elective – Playwrights join the Theatre Institute students in their afternoon electives. Playwrights choose from a number of electives ranging from directing to Shakespeare to movement to design classes.
5:30 – 6:30 DINNER
Evenings – Evenings are spent attending live theater events, watching films or taking master classes along with Film Institute students.
Weekends – Weekends will be spent taking Theater electives as well as master classes and rehearsing for their final play readings.
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
Spring Break Playwriting Boot Camp
April 11 – April 15, 2022 Online
NHSI playwriting staff will guide students through a fast paced, distance-based playwriting process. Email correspondence will begin two weeks before Spring Break with guided brainstorming assignments and material to read. We will then hit the ground writing and finish our 5-day intensive with a first draft of a 10-minute play. Schedule will include one 90-minute group Zoom session per day, optional office hours with instructors for additional feedback and notes, masterclasses with industry professionals, and many hours of personal writing time.
Interested students will have the opportunity to apply for our Summer Playwriting Intensive on the Northwestern campus where they will take classes with other theater and film/video aspiring artists from around the country while workshopping and developing their plays for a final staged reading before an audience of friends and family.
This program is available to students who are currently in their freshman, sophomore, or junior year of high school.
“I never thought about being a professional writer in my life but this program showed me all the possibilities there are to write as your profession. Now I’m definitely considering it.” – Playwriting Student, 2020
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 is now closed.
I will never watch TV in the same way again. I gained further understanding in structure of TV storylines, how to pitch an idea concisely and effectively, and tried my hand at screenwriting for the first time.”– 2022 Student
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.