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Summer Teen Academy: Playwriting for Teens

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Playwriting for Teens

Instructor: Matthew B. Zrebski 

Grades: Entering 9-12, all levels of experience welcome!

This two-week introduction to playwriting provides tools to spark ideas on what to write, and how to write it. Learn prompts and techniques to keep the pen flowing. Exercises vary from creating dialogue to creating strong characters to exploring styles beyond naturalism. Students discover the confidence and empathy-building power of performance as they find physical ways to embody different characters.

Each writer will end this course with at least one two-person, ten-minute play and a notebook of exercises for future reference. All levels welcome. 

Monday - Friday, June 17 - 28

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Two Ways to Save: 

Get the Early Bird Special! Register before April 1st and receive a 10% discount. 


Double up for a discount! Receive a 10% discount by registering for two or more sessions. You can even make a day of it by combining two classes to create a full day of theater!

*10% discount may only be used once. Discount offers may not be used together.

Full and Partial Scholarships available. Please email for more information. 

Monday, June 17, 2019
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Ellyn Bye Studio

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Matthew B. Zrebski
Matthew B. Zrebski

Matthew is a founding member of Playwrights West and has had numerous original plays produced locally and nationally. As Portland Center Stage at The Armory’s resident teaching artist, Matt serves as lead instructor for the Visions & Voices high school residency program and frequently leads adult playwriting workshops. He is a two-time recipient of the Rosenfield Playwriting award and has won Drammy Awards for his scripts To Cape and Ablaze: an a cappella musical thriller. He has been a guest instructor for Portland Actors Conservatory and Literary Arts' Writers in the Schools program. He holds a B.F.A. in acting, directing, and playwriting from Southern Methodist University.

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