-If Shakespeare can do it, why not you? We believe all actors have the playwright gene embedded in their DNA. You may not think so but how would you know unless you take the plunge into your “gene pool” and discover the hidden talent within. After all, as an actor, you contribute by telling the story on stage to your audience. Why not use your own words? Explore your potential and bring out the writer in you by creating your own script.

-Mixing It up Productions is offering a unique workshop that focuses on actors coming up with their own stories through the process of developing a play.

-Starting the New Year, we are offering small workshops, with no more than 7 participants, to teach the art of playwriting while applying their acting skills.

-The workshops run for 6 weeks, 2-hour sessions a week in Manhattan’s theatre district. There will be a number of workshops scheduled for the months of February/March 2019.

-By the last session, you will have created a piece of work that may turn out to be a 10-minute play or part of a one act or full-length script to be continued for further development.

-Some of the topics we’ll be covering are: developing the theatrical idea, improvisation, voice and movement, character and plot analysis, readings.

-Resources will be available to further develop your script or submit to contests, festivals, and theatre labs.

Our instructors are highly experience in acting and dramatic writing. They offer a plethora of knowledge that can get you off to a good start. With a small group of actors, you get the attention and time it will take for you to develop your work.

Cost: $600

Schedules for Each Workshop:

Workshop 1
Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Dates: Tuesdays, February 12, 19, 26 March 5. 12, 19
Place: Shetler Studios & Theatres, 244 West 54th Street, 15th Floor New York, NY 10019

Workshop 2
Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Dates: Thursdays, February 14, 21, 28 March 7, 14, 21
Place: Shetler Studios & Theatres, 244 West 54th Street, 15th Floor New York, NY 10019

Workshop 3
Time: 4:00pm to 6:00 pm
Dates: Thursdays, February 14, 21, 28 March 7, 14, 21
Place: Shetler Studios & Theatres, 244 West 54th Street, 15th Floor New York, NY 10019


Meet our Instructors

Jeffrey Sweet

JEFFREY SWEET’s work has been performed on stage or TV by Nathan Lane, Jon Cryer, Amy Morton, Ellen Burstyn, Jack Klugman, Judd Hirsch, Dan Lauria, Candace Bergen, Reed Birney and Richard Kind. A leading figure of the Chicago theatre renaissance, he won the Jeff (the Chicago “Tony”) for one play and was nominated for four others and twice won playwriting prizes from the American Theatre Critics Association. His book on playwriting, The Dramatists Toolkit, has gone through 15 printings and is available on Kindle. He is a lifetime member of the Dramatists Guild Council.

Kristen Penner

KRISTEN PENNER, an award winning playwright and actor, is thrilled to be joining the team! When she is not teaching and coaching, Kristen is hard at work creating new worlds. Some of her favorite acting credits include Mercutio (Starcrossed), Woodsman (Wolf Tale), Tabby (Pieces), Mama Morton (Chicago), and Max (Pageant Princess) which earned her the award for Best Supporting Actress PCTF 2012. Her Writing/Composing Credits include Starcrossed (Joe’s Pub, 2018), Wolf Tale (NYNW Finalist 2017), Pageant Princess (NYNW Semi-Finalist, 2016, Planet Connections Best Score, 2012) and Pieces (Planet Connections, 2014).

Patrick Hamilton

PATRICK HAMILTON attended Fordham University at Rose Hill, receiving a degree in biology. He was a high school chemistry and biology teacher for nine years before quitting to pursue a career in acting and began writing soon after. His first produced play, These Little Ones Perish, was nominated for Best Play in the NY Theater Winterfest in January of 2017. His second play, Before the Fall, went up at the Theater of St. Clement in July of 2017 and appeared in the London Fringe Festival in June of 2018 where it received awards for Best Drama and Best Cast. His third play, Security! was performed at The Secret Theater throughout August of 2018. He has an upcoming short film, and an attached feature. He’s thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with the Actor to Writer Creative Workshop!



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