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Playhouse Theatre Academy Offering Virtual Jumpstart Playwriting Classes for Adults

Arlene Hutton. Courtesy photo

Playhouse Theatre Academy, which is associated with West Hartford’s Playhouse on Park, is offering the Virtual Jumpstart Playwriting Class for adults via Zoom.


Are you interested in broadening your storytelling skills? The Virtual Jumpstart Playwriting Class for Adults, taught by Arlene Hutton, is for playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and anyone interested in exploring the creative process.

Join in on April 8 and 15 from 7-9 p.m. on Zoom. This workshop includes a series of in-class exercises, which reveal a roadmap to the wonders and revelations of the unconscious mind. If you’re a theatre artist or writer of any genre who is looking for ideas, you will surely find them here. This workshop is for ages 18 and up. The fee is $45 for active participation (limited to 10). No observers.

About the Instructor: Arlene Hutton is an alumna of New Dramatists and member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Circle Repertory and the Dramatists Guild. Her plays have received development at the New Harmony Project, the Lark, The Barrow Group, and London’s Orange Tree Theatre. Hutton is best known for The Nibroc Trilogy, which includes Last Train to Nibroc (Drama League Best Play nomination), See Rock City (Spirit of America Award) and Gulf View Drive (L.A. Weekly, Ovation Award nominations), all published by Dramatist Play Service and recently seen in award-winning revivals in Chicago, Washington, D.C, and at Rubicon Theatre (2018 Ovation Award for Best Production: Gulf View Drive). Her plays have been presented Off- and Off-Off-Broadway and at theatres across the U.S., in London, Edinburgh, and throughout the world.

Her play “Kissed the Girls and Made Them Cry,” commissioned by Hall High in West Hartford and directed by Sean Harris, was named Winner, Best Original/New Work, for Broadway World Connecticut, 2015.

Hutton is a three-time winner of the Samuel French Short Play Festival, eight-time finalist for the Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville, finalist for the Francesca Primus Prize and recipient of the Lippmann Award, the Calloway Award, an EST/Sloan Commission, a NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship and a Fellowship from the South Carolina Arts Commission. Residencies include the Australian National Playwrights Conference, Blue Mountain Center, MacDowell Colony, SPACE at Ryder Farm, William Inge Center and Yaddo.

Two of her short plays have been recorded for Playing On Air podcast including Closing Costs, featuring Amy Ryan and Michael Stuhlbarg. Hutton has taught at the Sewanee Writers Conference, the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Arts International in Assisi, Italy, Fordham University, the College of Charleston and as a guest artist at colleges around the country. She currently teaches playwriting at The Barrow Group in New York City.

Playhouse Theatre Academy is dedicated to offering professional theatre programs for emerging artists of all ages and abilities. Playhouse Theatre Academy is able to provide access to professional artists, productions and opportunities through our affiliation with Playhouse on Park. Whether your goal is to be a professional actor or to explore your imagination and creativity in a new way, the Playhouse Theatre Academy is a home for quality theatre instruction.

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