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 2017/18 Season, Casebook will focus on the development of HUNDRED DAYS — a folk-punk dream like you’ve never experienced!

Shaun and Abigail Bengson‘s HUNDRED DAYS unleashes an exhilarating and raw story about embracing uncertainty, taking a leap, and loving as if you only had a hundred days to live. Written by The Bengsons & Sarah GancherHUNDRED DAYS is directed by Anne Kauffman with movement direction by Sonya Tayeh.

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Class Schedule & Session Topics:
September 26 – November 30, 2017
Tuesdays, 6:30PM – 9:00PM (9 Weeks) 


$400 for Non-Members

$350 for Members and SmartPass Holders

$300 for Premiere Members and Repeat Defenders

A limited number of spaces are available for full-time students at the discounted rate of $125. 
Please note that the registration fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

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Schedule subject to change

September 26th
– Introduction to NYTW
October 3rd
– Music
October 10th
– Direction & Writing
October 17th
– Performers
October 24th
– Rehearsal Observation & Movement
October 31st
– Stage Management
November 7th
– Design & Production Management
November 10thFriday Tech Observation & Producing
November 14th
– Dress Rehearsal
November 30th
Thursday Evening Preview Performance & Reception

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 Sojourners and Her Portmanteau (Spring 2017)
  • 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.