Free Online Seminar: In the Room for a New Play Workshop

Taught by Actor & Teacher Ansa Akyea
Tuesday, May 5, 6:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
Online via Zoom

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Playwrights’ Center is taking action to connect people with their communities and create income streams for theater artists who are out of work. Any and all are welcome to join!

Class Type: Beyond The Play Class Level: All Experience Levels Welcome

When: Tuesday, May 5, 6:00pm - 8:00pm CDT (4pm PDT, 5pm MDT, 7pm EDT)

Where: Online via Zoom, check out this quick video on the process.

Structure: Lecture w/light participation and exercises 

Participants must register to join this class, Sign Up at the bottom of the page

In the Room--Actors & Playwrights Working with New Work: Discovery, Demands, Decisions

This seminar is especially helpful for playwrights, actors, and creatives who want to add value to their new play workshop process experience from the acting side of things. Join professional Actor and frequent PWC workshop participant Ansa Akyea in this class, breaking down the ways actors can boost their workshop experience from start to finish. Participants can expect to discuss, learn, challenge, and define how to engage with a new play process, with living playwrights, a creative room, and a nascent script. Learn the artistic, and professional benefits of developing a process suited to new work development. Whether you are a playwright, actor, or director this session is geared to help your process as you workshop new plays. 

Important Things to Note:

  • This class is offered free of charge
  • This class will be offered online only

PostScript: Ansa Akyea is a professional AEA and SAG AFTRA actor who has worked locally and nationally and was most recently seen in Stacey Rose's World Premiere production of "Legacy Land" at the Kansas City Repertory Theater. Ansa has participated in developing, performing, and staging new work at Chicago Dramatist, PWC and worked with playwrights such as Mfoniso Udofia, Edris Goodwin, Josh Wilder, Christina Ham, Nathan Yungerberg and many other talented playwrights.  Ansa is the recipient of the McKnight Fellowship, and Many Voices Fellowship. Ansa received his MFA in Acting from the University of Iowa.

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