Dramatists’ Workout: Scene Building

Instructor: Sarah Tuft

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Behind every gold medal and every record-breaking score is a lifetime of rigorous exercise and an unyielding commitment to train. Great writing is earned the same way.  By building the muscles of our craft, we strengthen our understanding of story and dramatic storytelling becomes second nature. So when procrastination, inertia, and lack of inspiration are getting the best of you, it’s time to drag yourself to “the gym.”

Dramatists’ Workout is designed to whip your writing habit into shape. A “boot camp” for those who wish to tell stories on stage, TV or film, Dramatists’ Workout is perfect for prose writers and poets who want to adapt their voice to drama, as well as for seasoned dramatists looking to refresh their skills and reinvigorate their work.

The workshop builds on a series of “workouts” from improv to writing assignments based on prompts to reveal the fundamentals of a strong scene: character, objective, conflict, subtext. Because it’s “just an exercise,” which removes the pressure of performance, writers can strike gold with an exciting new short film or play or even one that grows into a longer piece after the workshop is over.   For returning students, exercises will be customized for your on-going individual projects.

An added cardio benefit–Dramatists’ Workshop is good for the heart!


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Sarah Tuft

Sarah Tuft’s plays have been developed at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Naked Angels’ Tuesdays at 9, 24 Hour Plays at BAM and produced at Monster Box Theatre (Detroit). Sarah’s play, 110 Stories, is published by Playscripts and has been produced internationally. The play grew out of benefit productions at Geffen Playhouse, Public Theater, Skirball Center and Vineyard Theatre with actors including Billy Crudup, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Edie Falco, James Gandolfini, Neil Patrick Harris, John Hawkes, Samuel L. Jackson, Melissa Leo, Aasif Mandvi, Susan Sarandon and Kathleen Turner. Sarah received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. Sarah Tuft’s most recent one-act play, Marvel-ous Monica, will premiere in Los Angeles this fall. For more, go to sarahtuft.com


Dramatists’ Workout 

Scene Building

2 Session Weekend Workshop

February 4-5, 2017

1:00-5:30 pm

WeWork Golden Gate * 25 Taylor St.* San Francisco

Cost: $150

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I thought, as a poet, I might not have the background for the dramatists workout but a lot of the value was workshopping with writers of very different aesthetic and lived backgrounds. Sarah also just makes it fun and supportive and brings a wealth of recent experience writing for screen and stage to slice through obstacles that are hard to define when you’re new to the genre. Definitely going back.
–Abe Becker
Poet, Playwright

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