Master Classes

NYTW Master Classes offer training opportunities for both professional artists and the public. These classes provide the opportunity to gain insight into the exciting process of creating high-caliber work in a thriving Off-Broadway theatre.


PLAYWRITING 102: For Beginning & Intermediate Writers
Facilitated by Kate Moira Ryan
Mondays, 6:30-9:30PM, January 27th– March 23rd, 2020
(8 sessions – No class on February 17th)

Have an idea for a play? Need a supportive environment to share your work? Our 8-week course will give you the tools and the time to turn your ideas into a full script. Students will work according to a curriculum that includes instruction on the common practices and modes of play construction. As a collective, participants will read and discuss their pages in class weekly. Whether you are looking at finishing a first draft of a play or improving your writing process, this workshop will provide you with positive support through examining techniques and tools. We’ll look at themes, structure and character in an environment that brings out and focuses your creativity.


  • $385 for Premiere Members and Repeat Defenders
  • $400 for Members, SmartPass Holders or Mind the Gap Alumni
  • $450 for Non-Members


Applications are CLOSED.

Recent Master Classes have included:

  • Introduction to Theatre of the Oppressed with Alexander Santiago-Jirau (Summer 2019)
  • Playwriting 102: Beginning and Intermediate Writers with Kate Moira Ryan (Fall 2016-2018)
  • Playwriting 101: The First Draft with Kate Moira Ryan (Fall 2015)
  • The Art of Adaptation with Kate Moira Ryan (Spring and Fall 2014)
  • Sense Memory: Finding Inspiration and Writing for Performance with Jackie Sibblies Drury (Spring 2013)
  • New Work Development with Elevator Repair Service (Spring and Summer 2013)
  • Playwriting “Bootcamp” with Paula Vogel (November 2012)
  • Choreography + Text: Translating Source Material Into Performance with Elevator Repair Service (January and November 2012)

If you would like to be notified about future Master Classes, please email