Second-Annual 24-Hour Playfest

January 25 – 27, 2019

What’s more exciting than bringing a story to life; creating characters and hearing actors speak your lines with emotion?

The PLAYFEST is a collaboration. Groups will work together and talk about ideas and the basics of writing. Some may only be there for the acting, but knowledge of what motivates the story makes it more real for everyone. This is your opportunity to discover the thrill of producing your own work!

While writers finesse their scripts, actors will be part of a Master Acting Workshop. Leading this class will be working professionals who teach in the industry.

Writers will work with a published playwright Dramaturg to mold and finesse the script. Actors will join in to be cast in particular roles and inspire the writers with their interpretations. Re-writes will happen. Blocking and staging will evolve. The creative collaboration will culminate in performance before an audience on Sunday night! Each show will run 10 minutes with a cast of 5.

During this challenging weekend industry guest stars will add to the excitement, meeting one-on-one with you and sharing their experiences in developing projects.

Example Schedule

Friday, Jan 25
Shetler Studios

6:00 p.m.  Student arrival
Meet and Greet and Pizza Party!

6:20 – 7:00 p.m. Introductions, discussion of weekend schedule and expectations, and ice breakers!

7:00 p.m. Actor release

7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Writers work with Dramturgs

8:00 p.m. Wrap up for the night 

*Writers should continue writing in their hotels 

Saturday, Jan 26
Shetler Studios

9:15 a.m.  Student Arrival – Writers and Actors 

9:30 a.m.Workshops for writers and actors

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Lunch

1:00 – 3:30 p.m.  Playwriting and acting workshops continued

3:30-3:40 p.m. Casts revealed to writers

3:40-5:15 p.m.  Read-through and staging begins

5:15-6:30 p.m. Q&A with special guests

6:30 p.m. Wrap up for evening

8:00 p.m. Broadway Show

Sunday, Jan 27
Shetler Studios

9:00 a.m.  Student Arrival – Writers and Actors

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Staging and rehearsal of plays

12:00 -1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Final Staging and rehearsal

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Performance presentation

5:45 – 6:15 p.m. Wrap-up and feedback

6:15 p.m. Students released

*Please note we will do our best to have students released at this time but with the understanding that there is a possiblity we may run over a few minutes. 



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All sessions for Studio 1 will take place at Shetler Studios, 244 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019.

Schedule and Special Guests subject to change.