2016-17 Classes

All classes take place at the PlayGround PlaySpace, 3286 Adeline St #4, Berkeley, CA 94703.


Mar 6, 8pm-10pm

They say 93% of all communication is nonverbal. In this one-night Intensive, we'll explore the power of nonverbal communication, potent stage action and poetic image. Write actions rather than words, create whole dialogues and scenes between characters using only physical movement, moments of stillness, use principles from physical theater to write effective nonverbal dialogue. Explore power & status, rhythm, tempo and stillness to create riveting communication between characters.
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Mar 27, 8pm-10pm
As PlayGround opens up submissions for the 2017-18 PlayGround Writers Pool, PlayGround Artistic Director Jim Kleinmann leads this one-night intensive, examining the ten-minute play and best practices, drawing examples and lessons learned from some of the 134 Best of PlayGround selections developed and premiered by PlayGround over the past twenty years.
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Mar 7, 14, 21 & 28, Apr 4 & 11, 7pm-10pm
PLAYLAB with Anthony Clarvoe
Registration: $360
This six-session workshop will enable you to explore the art and craft of playwriting with master teacher and playwright Anthony Clarvoe. Get the tools to initiate your next play or complete a new draft of your play-in-progress! Shop talks, targeted writing exercises, and discussions will be driven by your questions and needs. The final session will include readings of student work and facilitated feedback.
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About the Faculty

Anthony Clarvoe has received American Theatre Critics, Will Glickman, Bay Area Theatre Critics, LA Drama Critics, Elliot Norton, and Edgerton New American Play awards; fellowships from the Guggenheim, Irvine, Jerome, and McKnight Foundations, NEA, TCG/Pew Charitable Trusts, and Kennedy Center; commissions from South Coast Rep, Mark Taper Forum, and Playwrights Horizons; and the Berrilla Kerr Award for his contributions to American theater. Productions include Pick Up Ax (South Coast Rep, San Jose Rep), The Living (Denver Center), Let’s Play Two (South Coast Rep), Ambition Facing West (Trinity Rep, Theatreworks), Ctrl+Alt+Delete (San Jose Rep, George St. Playhouse), The Brothers Karamazov (Cincinnati Playhouse, Circle X), Show and Tell (Rep Theatre of St. Louis), and Our Practical Heaven (Aurora Theatre). His plays are published by Broadway Play Publishing, Inc. The Art of Sacrifice was published last year by Random House in the anthology Plays for Two. Anthony is a regular instructor at PlayGround, Stagebridge,and the Playwrights Foundation.

Jim Kleinmann co-founded PlayGround in 1994, along with playwright Brighde Mullins and director Denise Shama, and has served as Artistic Director since 1996. For PlayGround, he has provided artistic and administrative leadership for the past twenty-three seasons, developing PlayGround’s unique array of new playwright and new play incubator programs, including Monday Night PlayGround, the PlayGround Festival of New Works, the full-length play Commissioning Initiative, the New Play Production Fund, and most recently the PlayGround Film Festival. For PlayGround, he has directed more than one hundred short and full-length plays, including works by Garret Jon Groenveld, Aaron Loeb, Geetha Reddy, Lauren Yee, Katie May, and many others. He recently directed the world premiere of Ruben Grijalva’s Value Over Replacement as part of the 20th annual PlayGround Festival of New Works at Thick House, PlayGround’s San Francisco home since 2008. He received his MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

Amy Sass is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Ragged Wing Ensemble and The Flight Deck. Her fierce voracity and artistic rigor are the fuel behind RWE's creative practice. Amy serves as master teacher for the Core Company, leading trainings, retreats and cultivating Creative Alliance among powerhouse arts professionals. An award-winning playwright, director, visual artists and teacher, her plays are noted for their wild use of design elements, strength of storytelling, unique characters and sensual surprise. Recent writer/director work includes: WHALE'S WAKE, REDWOLF (co-authored with Anthony Clarvoe), TIME SENSITIVE, and OPEN. In all her endeavors, Amy works from the gut, using theater and art as vehicles for healing, empowerment and social change. More information about her work can be found at www.amysass.com.