Casebook allows audiences unprecedented access to the artists involved in the creation of a new work from rehearsal to production. Each year, New York Theatre Workshop designates one of its productions as a case study and hosts a class designed to provide theatre lovers of all experience levels with a true insider’s view of the life of a theatre artist and the process of realizing a full professional production.

For the 2016/17 Season, Casebook will focus on the development of Sojourners and Her Portmanteau — a two-part theatrical event by NYTW Usual Suspect Mfoniso Udofia directed by NYTW Usual Suspect Ed Sylvanus Iskandar.

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CASEBOOK: The Making of Sojourners & Her Portmanteau

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Class Schedule & Session Topics: Tuesdays, 6:30PM – 9:00PM (10 Weeks) 

Tuition is $400 with discounts available for Members, SmartPass holders and Repeat Defenders. A limited number of spaces are available for students at a discounted rate. Valid proof of full-time student status is required. To inquire about student spaces, please email

Schedule subject to change

  • February 28th – Introduction to NYTW
  • March 7th – Writing
  • March 14th – Directing
  • March 21st – Casting
  • March 28th – Rehearsal Observation & Stage Management
  • April 4th – Design
  • Week of April 10th – Tech Observation & Production Management (Dates TBD)
  • Week of April 17th – Dress Rehearsals (Dates TBD)
  • April 25th – Producing & Marketing
  • Week of May 1st – Preview Performances & Reception (Dates TBD)

Sessions include:

  • In-depth discussion and exploration of the process of making a theatre piece
  • Conversations with the playwright, director, actors, and production staff responsible for bringing each unique Casebook production to life
  • Opportunities to observe a rehearsal in progress, engage with the collaborators, and tour the stage to see the inner workings of the set up close
  • Attendance at two performances at different points in the process to compare the evolution of the piece and celebrate with the collaborators
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Praise for CASEBOOK:

  • “I could have stayed all night – completely engrossing.”
  • “Hearing about the process in a very personal way made this more than informative – [you get] the sense of a director as an artist.”
  • “It gave me a whole new appreciation of the workings of an off-Broadway theatre. I loved all of it.”
  • “This class was much more up-close-and-personal than I was expecting, which was wonderful.”

Past CASEBOOK Sessions:

  • CASEBOOK: The Making of Hadestown (Spring 2016)
  • CASEBOOK: The Making of The Invisible Hand (Fall 2014)
  • CASEBOOK: The Making of Love and Information (Spring 2014)
  • CASEBOOK: The Making of Sontag: Reborn (Spring 2013)
  • CASEBOOK: The Making of Food and Fadwa (Spring 2012)

If you have questions or would like to speak to someone about whether this class is right for you, please call NYTW’s Education Department at 646-957-9575.