AD: Scene Study: Exploring the Primary Stages Season

AD: Scene Study: Exploring the Primary Stages Season


Primary Stages ESPA
New York, NY 10018


Sarah Matteucci

Job Details


In this new 10-week class, you will work on scenes by the 2018/19 Primary Stages Season playwrights: A.R. Gurney, Theresa Rebeck, and Leah Nanako Winkler. The Primary Stages Artistic Team will share their insight that comes from an intimate connection with these playwrights.

Scene Study: Exploring the Primary Stages Season

At Primary Stages ESPA

Instructors: Casey Childs (Founder, Primary Stages), Andrew Leynse (Artistic Director, Primary Stages) and Erin Daley (Associate Artistic Director, Primary Stages)

Thursdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm

September 20  December 13

This class might be for you if you:

---Are committed to working on your craft and deepening your scene work skills using texts by of-the-moment playwrights.

---Are a self-motivated actor ready to dedicate out-of-class time to rehearse with your scene partner.

In this class you will:

---Make bold choices and ask the right questions to tackle the challenging demands of the form, structure, and language of the playwrights in our 2018/19 season:  A.R. Gurney, Theresa Rebeck, and Leah Nanako Winkler.

---Explore the voices and style of each of these playwrights and, taking your personal goals into consideration, determine with Casey, Andrew, and Erin the scenes that best meet these goals.

---Work on 3 scenes over the course of the ten weeks. The hope is that everyone will get on their feet each class, but this needs to remain fluid as each process is different.

---Build on what your talent and intellect bring to your scene work in a room where you feel safe to make mistakes and make strong choices.

---Receive a complimentary ticket to A.R. Gurney's Final Follies, the first show of the Primary Stages Season.

By the end of this class you will:

---Have valuable rehearsal skills and be able to identify the core action and spine of a scene, and translate this into your character work and rehearsal process.

---Find the joy of discovery in the sometimes frustrating process of getting specific in your work.

---Develop a deeper understanding of the works of A.R. Gurney, Theresa Rebeck, and Leah Nanako Winkler by working with experts on their writing.

More information and register:  

Easy and convenient payment plans are available to break up tuition. Primary Stages ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email



September 20, 2018 - December 13, 2018



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