Tuesdays, September 20 through October 25
6:45–9:15 p.m. ET


Instructor: Jack Novak
Prior Experience: Not required.

Tell stories on stage without performing. Learn the basics of playwriting through exploring dramatic structure, creating compelling stories and characters, and discovering the vast potential of live theatre. In this class, students will create original work as well as have the opportunity to adapt and reinterpret existing material through fun weekly writing exercises.

Jack Novak, STC Teaching Artist

Years Teaching with STC: 4

Recent Plays: This Historic Night at Capital Fringe Festival, Transferal with Rorschach Theatre

Last Seen In: Dracula (We Happy Few), Blue (Imagination Stage), The Cherry Orchard (Faction of Fools), Washington Improv Theatre

Why I Teach: “I learn so much in every class I teach, even if it’s curriculum I’ve taught before.”

Favorite Exercise We Do in Class: We will write monologues in which a character seems to be speaking about one thing, while really speaking about something deeper, exploring how we can imbue seemingly neutral elements with active potential.”

Jack Novak is an actor, playwright, and improviser. He has been seen onstage at Imagination Stage, the Folger, Prologue Theatre, Chesapeake Shakespeare Theatre, We Happy Few, and Faction of Fools (where he is a company member) among many others. His plays include This Historic Night (2018 Capital Fringe Festival), Transferal (Workshop & reading, Rorschach Theatre), Journeying Jack (Winner, Aurand Harris Memorial Playwriting Award), and The Great Lt. Sprinkle Didn’t Save Me (Field Trip Theatre). He performs regularly with his improv duo, Husbands of Wives, and directs and performs with the TYA improv group NitWITs.

Playwriting for Beginners

September 20–October 25

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