Tisch Summer High School Dramatic Writing Online Program

Due to the COVID-19 virus, the Tisch Summer High School Residential Program will not be taking place in New York City. The courses in this program will be offered remotely or online with asynchronous and synchronous components. Below is the updated program information. Students accepted to this program will also receive communication via email. 

Hone your creative writing talents to produce dramatic works, learning what it takes to be a professional writer for the stage or screen.

Program Overview

The Rita and Burton Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing offers a highly focused academic and professional writing program for students who have the talent and the will to write for theatre, film, and television.

The combination of screenwriting and playwriting will give you an exciting introduction to the world of dramatized storytelling. The lectures in this program will help you explore the nature and principles of dramatic action, the relationship between character and circumstance, and how dramatic structure arises from these foundations.

In the workshop sessions, you’ll present work, which is then reviewed, critiqued, and rewritten. In screenwriting, this process results in an outline and the partial scripting of a full-length screenplay; in playwriting, it culminates in a ten-minute play where you’ll work together as a repertory company to rehearse, critique, and rewrite your plays. On the last day of classes you will have the opportunity to perform them.

In addition to the performance of the ten-minute plays, your monologues are directed and acted by professional actors and directors who work with the department on a regular basis. Readings of classic plays and screenplays along with screenings of movies and tapes of important theatrical productions complement the course work.

The classes I took were so thought compelling and encouraged me even more to continue my passion for writing. My peers and I grew to find an inseparable bond and learned to work together and learn from one another.”
— Jessica Jacobs

CORE CURRICULUM

Students take the following courses for a combined total of 6 units.

(Within New York University, 6 units count towards elective credit in the Department of Dramatic Writing at Tisch School of the Arts.)

Courses

Summer Screenwriting

DWPG-UT 15 | 3 units

The lectures given in this program explore the nature and principles of dramatic action, the relationship between character and circumstance, and how dramatic structure arises from these foundations. In the workshop sessions, students present their work, which is then reviewed, critiqued, and rewritten. In screenwriting, this process results in an outline and the partial scripting of a full-length screenplay. Readings of screenplays and screenings of movies complement the course work. Students will also have several film story analysis sessions.

Tools and Technical Requirements:

  • Zoom
  • NYU Classes
  • Computer with strong internet connection (and video/microphone); it would be useful for a student to have access to a smartphone or other digital recording device to record and upload video

Summer Playwriting

DWPG-UT 16 | 3 units

The lectures given in this program explore the nature and principles of dramatic action, the relationship between character and circumstance, and how dramatic structure arises from these foundations. In the workshop sessions, students present their work, which is then reviewed, critiqued, and rewritten. The playwriting course culminates in a 10-minute play. Students work together as a repertory company to rehearse, critique, and rewrite their plays, and on the last day of classes, they will perform their plays in an online showcase. In addition to the performance of the 10-minute plays, student monologues are directed and acted by professional actors and directors who work with the department on a regular basis. Readings of classic plays and screenings of important theatrical productions complement the course work.

Tools and Technical Requirements:

  • Zoom
  • NYU Classes
  • Computer with strong internet connection (and video/microphone); it would be useful for a student to have access to a smartphone or other digital recording device to record and upload video

Dramatic Writing Schedule

Program Meeting Times

  • Classes take place Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Students will have time to work independently and collboratively.
  • Asynchronous time may be spent screening films/television shows, reading plays, watching lectures, etc.
  • There will be six live Q&A sessions with established playwrights, screenwriters, and TV writers, which may take place during class time or in the evenings.
  • Students will also have the opportunity to informally workshop their work together after class at least once a week.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Dates

Program Dates

Summer 2020

Sunday, July 12 - Saturday, August 8, 2020

Additional important dates are available on the Tisch Admissions Calendar.

Tuition and Fees

Summer 2020

Total Program Cost: $9,806

Breakdown of costs:

  • Tuition for 6 units (credits): $8,958

Additional Fees Include:

  • Registration and Services Fee: $848

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.

Admissions

Open to high school sophomores and juniors.

  • Online application fee: $75

The summer 2020 application is open on a space-available basis. 

Please read through the Admissions for High School Program page.

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