Teaching Playwriting

You want to teach playwriting, but you hesitate because you don’t know what you’re doing. What you need is an organized course. In this workshop I’ll give you a series of lessons—including assignments, worksheets and games—that build logically, that are adaptable to different populations and scalable to different course lengths. (You’ll be able to use the lessons to teach eight weeks of playwriting, or three days.) We’ll emphasize how writing a play takes into account what an actor looks for in a script, so you’ll be able to tie the course into the rest of your curriculum.


  • Stephen Gregg

    Stephen Gregg’s play, This is a Test, helped define a genre of one-acts when it appeared in 1988, and it continues to be one of the most-produced one-acts in the country. Since then, he has published over twenty plays for secondary schools to perform, including Small Actors, One Lane Bridge, The New Margo, S.P.A.R., Twitch, Wake-Up Call. His play Crush appeared on the main stage of International Thespian Festival in 2016, and Trap was the closing night play for Festival 2018. Ghostlight was part of the 2021 ITF mainstage marathon. Awards include: MacDowell Fellow, Inge Fellowship, Educational Theatre Association’s Founders Award for Service to Youth and Theatre. Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Heidemann Award for Best 10-minute Play (A Private Moment, co-winner with Lynn Nottage) His new full-length comedy, Ghostlight, is available from Playscripts starting in September of 2021.