Playwriting Master Classes June 3 & June 10

New this year, PlayGround has expanded the PlayGround Festival of New Works at Potrero Stage to include two 3-hour Playwriting Master Classes with our festival featured playwrights: Ruben Grijalva (“Anna Considers Mars”) and Katie May (“A History of Freaks”), designed for aspiring and early-career playwrights, ages 14 and up. Join us on Mondays, June 3 and June 10, 7pm-10pm, on stage for an intimate exploration of the art of playwriting!

Ruben Grijalva is an award-winning San Francisco-based playwright and filmmaker. His short plays include Full Steam Ahead and the PianoFight ShortLived winning All The Worlds Are Stages. His full-length plays include Foresight, Anna Considers Mars, and the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award-winning Value Over Replacement, which premiered in the 2016 PlayGround Festival of New Works. He began writing for PlayGround in 2011 and is a three-time Best of PlayGround finalist and current Resident Playwright. He lives in San Francisco’s Sunset District with a human named Keli and a Labrador named Retha.

Katie May’s plays include Abominable (PlayGround/Symmetry Theatre Company, Lark Playwrights’ Week Finalist), Manic Pixie Dream Girl (fringeNYC & A.C.T. Costume Shop, San Francisco), Black Sheep Gospel (Great Plains Theater Conference), and A History of Freaks (Finalist, David Mark Cohen Award), among others. Her short play Rapunzel’s Etymology of Zero (Best of PlayGround Festival, Short + Sweet Sydney) was published in the Best of PlayGround Anthology, 2011, and was subsequently made into an animated short film that screened in festivals both nationally and internationally. May has been a member of the San Francisco PlayGround Writers Pool since 2008, and a PlayGround Playwright in Residence since 2014. Her work has received productions in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Arizona, Idaho, and Sydney, Australia. May is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Virginia Piper Writing Center, National University of Singapore, Women in Film LA, and a two-time PlayGround Emerging Playwright Award winner. She holds an MFA from Arizona State University.

Registration is $50 per session. Register for both sessions together and save 20% with promo code COURSEDISCOUNT! Potrero Stage Members and 25-and-Unders save 50%. For more information, visit


Monday, June 3, 7pm-10pm
Ruben Grijalva
Playwright, Anna Considers Mars

Learn how to mine today’s headlines for theatrical gold.


Mon, June 10, 7pm-10pm
Katie May
Playwright, A History of Freaks

Learn how to infuse the ordinary with the extraordinary to create magical theatrical landscapes!