Friday, July 27, 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
LIFE AS A PLAYWRIGHT: A SURVIVAL GUIDE
by Jon Klein
Addressing the questions central to any playwright's career and identity, Jon Klein offers you a glimpse into a career writing for the theatre. As well as an account of the day-to-day life of a writer, he also discusses what an aspiring playwright should expect as they navigate the industry and how to make yourself stand out from the crowd. Furthermore, the book looks at situations that the emerging playwright is likely to encounter, including: handling rehearsals, workshops, castings, re-writing, venues, reviews, successes and failure. The book concludes with seventeen interviews with other USA-based playwrights, representing a wide range of experience, from writers just starting to make a name for themselves to seasoned, award-winning veterans such as Sheila Callaghan, Steven Dietz, Keith Glover, Lauren Gunderson, John Pielmeier and Jen Silverman.
"Jon Klein is an amazing playwright, but more importantly he is a unique and extraordinary artist whose pursuit of artistic excellence through the craft of writing can serve as a useful tool to the benefit of artists and students. His wealth of knowledge and skill when it comes to writing is not to be debated. He has truly lived a full life as a successful playwright." -- Kenny Leon, Tony-award winning director
Jon Klein is the author of over thirty produced plays, performed Off-Broadway and at many prestigious regional theatres, including the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage in D.C., Arden Theatre in Philadelphia, Center Stage in Baltimore, South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Alley Theatre in Houston, A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and many others. His latest play, RESOLVING HEDDA, recently premiered at the Victory Theatre in Los Angeles. His plays have been developed and workshopped at the Sundance Theatre Institute, New York Stage & Film, the Kennedy Center, and the Playwrights’ Center. Jon has been a Playwright-in-Residence at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, and at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. He has taught playwriting and screenwriting at UCLA, the University of Texas in Austin, the University of Washington, Ohio University, and Hollins University. He is currently the head of the MFA Playwriting Program at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. More can be found here: www.jon-klein.com