Online Workshop: Writing Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA)

taught by Affiliated Writer Idris Goodwin
Thursdays, March 18th, 25th, and April 8th, 15th from 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm CST
Online via Zoom
$150 for all students

This class is being offered in partnership with The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College.

Class Type: Playwriting for Young Audiences                         

Class Level: This class is not for beginners. Participants should have a working understanding of the basic tenets of playwriting in order to build upon the form.

When: Thursdays, March 18th, 25th, and April 8th, 15th from 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm CT

(4:45pm PST, 5:45pm MST, 7:45pm EST)

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

Structure: Lecture, discussion, writing exercises, workshopping including small groups, guest artist(s)

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


At the end of the day, a good story is a good story but it's how we execute it that can make all the difference, especially for a group of 500 3rd graders on a field trip. In this workshop, multi-award-winning playwright and active participant in the TYA movement, Idris Goodwin (along with special guests), will break down some of the core and fundamental opportunities and challenges to writing for children and teens. This workshop will culminate in the completion of a first draft of a TYA script. Participants should come with a working understanding of the basic tenets of playwriting. This is not an introductory course to playwriting, but a topics course that builds on this form.

This is the class for you if you:

  • Are interested in Theater for Young Audiences
  • Want to explore a new genre of playwriting
  • Want to finish that first draft of your play

Important Things to Note:

  • There are 4 scheduled sessions over 5 weeks (see dates/times above)
  • Payment plans are available as needed, please contact Alayna to discuss: 


Idris Goodwin is an award winning break-beat poet, playwright, and director of The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. He was recently named a 2021 United States Artist Fellow. In addition to the recently released poetry collection Can I Kick It?, he’s had several publications from Haymarket Books including Inauguration co-written with nico wilkinson, Human Highlight: Ode To Dominique Wilkins, and the play This Is Modern Art co-written with Kevin Coval. He’s appeared on Nickelodeon, HBO Def Poetry, Sesame Street, NPR, BBC Radio, and the Discovery Channel.  His plays include And In This Corner Cassius Clay, How We Got On, Hype Man, and This is Modern Art. Idris is the co-host of The Same Old New School Podcast on Vocalo Radio.

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