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 2018/19 Season, Casebook will focus on the development of HURRICANE DIANE!

Meet Diane, a permaculture gardener dripping with butch charm. She’s got supernatural abilities owing to her true identity—the Greek god Dionysus—and she’s returned to the modern world to gather mortal followers and restore the Earth to its natural state. Where better to begin than with four housewives in a suburban New Jersey cul-de-sac? Pulitzer Prize finalist Madeleine George pens a hilarious evisceration of the blind eye we all turn to climate change and the bacchanalian catharsis that awaits us, even in our own backyards. Tony nominee and NYTW Usual Suspect Leigh Silverman directs.

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Class Schedule & Session Topics:
January 8th – February 19th, 2019
Tuesdays, 6:30PM – 9:00PM (8 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 a discounted rate of $125. Interested students must submit an application and valid proof of full-time student status HERE by December 3rd, 2018.

Contact our Box Office at 212-460-5475 to register for Casebook.
All other inquiries can be directed to

Schedule subject to change

January 8th – Introduction to NYTW
January 15th – Writing & Directing
January 22nd – Rehearsal Observation & Performers
January 29th – Design & Stage Management
*February 1st & 2nd – Tech Observation & Producing (Friday & Saturday)
February 5th – Dress Rehearsal
February 12th – TBD
February 19th – 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 Hundred Days (Fall 2017)
  • 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.