Around The Block Playwriting Course

Around The Block will be offering a playwriting course: Principles of Playwriting – what they are and how to apply them.

Topics covered will include:
  • seven dimensions of a play
  • nature, pros and cons of theatre and playwriting as distinct from other art forms
  • the audience–play relationship
  • theater history
  • Comedy, farce, tragedy, drama, dramedy, short and long plays, improv
  • structure
  • themes/ideas
  • characters and relationships
  • dialogue
  • stage action and spectacle effects
  • emotion and empathy
  • formatting, rewriting, feedback, getting produced and/or published
The participatory course (students will focus and receive assistance on their own plays) will be taught by Carlos Jerome. The fully accessible location is in Manhattan.
The course will meet each week, Saturdays, 10:30 am – 1 pm, for 15 weeks.
Registration fee will be $375.
Following the course, students' plays may be assigned directors and given a public staged reading.
The course welcomes students at all levels of playwriting experience.

To apply, send an email containing your contact info to
(Send no money at this time.)
Attach (if you have available):
  • a theatrically oriented resume
  • a 1 to 5 page segment of a script you have written (if you have never written a script, attach some other writing you have done).