Craft, Voice and Vision: Creating Art, Creating Change

This virtual introductory playwriting course taught by Sue Pak is designed for Asian American writers to develop their individual theatrical voice through writing a ten minute play. Through the practice of writing and investigating works by and about playwrights of color, students will (1) learn the fundamentals of play construction and theory, (2) explore the elements of dramatic tension, and (3) develop a work that best expresses their authentic voice.

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. Write a ten minute play using proper style and format.

2. Generate character-driven stories that will engage an audience.

3. Provide and receive constructive feedback in order to achieve their best work.

We are at a moment in history when supporting and promoting traditionally marginalized voices is more crucial than ever. As Asian American artists, we must resist systemic oppression, by actively creating and disseminating those stories that must be told.

  • Tuesdays, July 6th - July 27th, 7-9PM Central Time, no drop-ins.
  • Virtual
  • $100

If you're unable to pay full price, you may qualify for a sponsored scholarship or sliding scale tuition. To apply, email us at hello @ with an essay of 200 words or less describing your intention behind wanting to write plays and explain your ability to pay. Scholarships and tuition sliding scale awards will be distributed based on merit and order of receipt.

		Asian American Playwrights Perspective: ​An Introduction image

Susan H. Pak is a Chicago Dramatists Resident Playwright. She received an MFA in writing for the screen and stage at Northwestern University; she received both a BA in English and a JD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Her plays have been produced in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles and include: Election at the Goodman Theatre, The Fixer at the Steppenwolf Theatre, Marabar at Chicago Dramatists, Ghost Girl at the Workshop Theater, T.A.B. at New York’s Downtown Urban Theater Festival, and the Manhattan Repertory Theater Festival; Haters at New York’s Midtown International Theater Festival; Baby Shower at New York’s Network One Act Festival; Incredible Invisible at Chicago’s Bailiwick Director’s Fest; Ladies’ Man at Chicago Dramatists; and The Writers at Theater Unleashed in Los Angeles.

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July 29, 2021

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