Master Classes


Interested in playwriting, directing or any of the other disciplines involved in putting on a world-class production?

Come to one of our in-person or online master classes to learn the ins and outs of theatre-making. Our innovative artists take participants into their process, offering insights, encouragement and inspiration. Past guests have included superstar talents like Jackie Sibblies Drury, Tatiana Pandiani, Kate Moira Ryan, Paula Vogel and Elevator Repair Service, and have covered topics including playwriting, directing, choreography and developing new work for the stage.


Performance Life:
Bringing your story on stage through monologue, spoken word, or song.

Thursday May 15th  7pm – 8:30pm
47 Great Jones St.
Advanced registration is required.

Bring your curiosity and memory to play with bringing autobiographical material into story and verse. Our personal stories hold depth and experience and universal resonance when crafted with vulnerability and surprising complementary elements. We will focus on personal stories that center around the LES.  In these troubled times, to be witnessed with intention and to share with resilience offers so much of what we need right now! Expect to improvise, write, move, beatbox, and reflect and share in both small and big groups! The workshop is jointly produced by Poetic Theater Productions and New York Theatre Workshop in celebration of FABnyc’s L.E.S. History Month.


Baba Israel is a Hip Hop/theater artist, poet, educator and curator raised in New York by parents who were core members of the Living Theatre. He has toured and developed projects in thirty four countries, often working as a cultural ambassador. Baba is part of Bronx Banda with  Arturo O’Farrill and has shared the stage with artists such as KRS ONE, Lester Bowie, Outkast, Bahamadia and Medusa.  He is a core member of Hip Hop/Soul project Soul Inscribed who recently completed the American Music Abroad program and released their second album Tune Up on Tokyo Dawn Records. He co-created Cannabis! A viper vaudeville produced by HERE and premiered at LA Mama.  He holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College where he studied with Daniel Alexander Jones and is the Artistic Director of the Performance Project based at the University Settlement.


Professionals and members of the general public are welcome. To be notified about future Master Classes, send an email to

Previous Master Classes have included:

  • DAC Masterclass Series: Writing, Storytelling & Nurturing an Idea with Josefina Baez (Summer 2022)
  • DAC Masterclass Series: Producing the Artist with Cindy De La Cruz and Merlixse Ventura (Summer 2022)
  • DAC Masterclass Series: How to Tell a Compelling Story (Acting) with Elvis Nolasco (Summer 2022)
  • DAC Masterclass Series: Filmmaking & Multimedia Storytelling with Gabriela Ortega (Summer 2022)
  • DAC Masterclass Series: Storytelling through Music & Composition with Yasser Tejada (Summer 2022)
  • DAC Masterclass Series: Directing (How to Set Up Your Vision) with Eunie Levice (Summer 2022)
  • Get Up and Dance! with Timmy Gage (Spring 2021)
  • Solo Performance  with marcus d. harvey (Spring 2021)
  • Shadow Puppetry with Jaime Roach (Spring 2021)
  • Chreating a Character with Nana Dakin (Spring 2021)
  • Finding Character in a Musical with Virginia Jimenez (Spring 2021)
  • Who Is a Director? with Tatiana Pandiani (Winter 2020)
  • Acting From The Soul with Anthony Michael Martinez (Winter 2020)
  • Kick Off Your Play with Rachel Aileen Abraham (Winter 2020)
  • 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)