Foundations of Playwriting and Play Development
when: Saturday Feb. 10 from 10 AM - 5 PM and Sunday Feb. 11 from 1 - 5 PM
where: Non Profit Hub, 211 N 14th St, Lincoln, NE 68508
how: $35.00 - includes lunch on Saturday -
students - $30.00 (first 8 LPS students to register are free)
who: open to the public - limited to 30 participants.
In this two-day masterclass, playwrights will explore the fundamental elements of writing for the stage (dramatic action, conflict, character, setting, and activating exposition) through examination of existing works, practical exercises, and an interactive working session with a piece they are currently developing. Additionally, we will discuss how to approach the editing, rewriting, and development process.
Nathan Norcross Bio:
As a director, Norcross' career has spanned a variety of genres and forms—from large scale musicals to intimate chamber pieces, from developing new plays in collaboration with living playwrights to developing his own adaptation of Shakespeare’s MACBETH for two actors. He has also produced and directed regional premieres of Andrew Lippa’s JOHN & JEN and Lucas Hnath’s RED SPEEDO. In addition to directing, Norcross has been selected for Artistic Fellowship and Apprentice roles at the Westport Country Playhouse and DC's Studio Theatre where he worked alongside a number of directors he is now fortunate to consider mentors, including: Bob Moss, Mark Lamos, David Muse, Kent Gash, Nicky Martin, Eric Rosen, and Phylicia Rashad. An actor for a number of years, Norcross earned a BFA in acting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, later earning his MFA in Directing at Florida State University. He is a proud member of both AEA and SDC.
Norcross studied playwriting during his time at NYU Tisch and has partnered as director/dramaturg with several playwrights in NYC and DC to develop work, including commissioned plays at Studio Theatre and with Nobel laureate turned playwright Roald Hoffmann at the National Academy of Sciences. He currently serves as the Education Director and Artistic Associate at the Hangar Theatre where he oversees the nationally recognized Lab Company training ground for university actors, choreographers, directors, and playwrights, preparing them to transition into the profession.