Playwriting Basics with Jessica Huang


Playwriting Basics with Jessica Huang


4 Saturdays (Jan. 20, Feb. 10, March 17, April 21)

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Registration $105 for all 4 sessions.

at Z Puppets' Studio

4054 Chicago Ave. South, Minneapolis 55407

For more info, contact Jessica Huang,


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New year, new play!

Join acclaimed playwright and two-time Jerome Fellow Jessica Huang for an extended workshop diving deep into the fundamentals of playwriting.  During the course of four 2-hr sessions, participants will learn to identify and practice four foundational elements of playwriting and will walk away having created a compelling piece of theater.

Come with a script you’re struggling with, an idea for something new, or an open mind ready for your next project. Sessions occur once per month, which allows plenty of time to put concepts into practice.

Playwriting Basics is great for the beginner looking to start their first play, the experienced writer seeking a back-to-basics refresher, and everyone in between.

Session #1 - January 20, 2018

Beginning your play: Identifying and framing your key concept, and using it to guide your writing

Session #2 – February 10, 2018

Creating authentic characters: Skills to identify – and to help audiences identify with – the unique individuals who journey through your stories.

Session #3 – March 17, 2018

Theme: Otherwise known as story, what is the point of it all? What is your play illuminating about life?

Session #4 – April 21, 2018

Structure: Linear/nonlinear/cyclical/Aristotelian… find the form that your content requires, and craft a clear, surprising, riveting, and moving experience for audiences.   

About Jessica:

Jessica Huang is a multiracial Twin Cities-based playwright whose work includes The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin (History Theatre commission/premiere; Kilroy List 2017; Minneapolis Star Tribune Best of the Week), Purple Cloud (Mu Performing Arts premiere), Zero-Infinity Flight Path, and Transmissions in Advance of the Second Great Dying (Mixed Blood Theatre commission).

Jessica co-founded and co-directs Other Tiger Productions, which has a mission to pursue multidisciplinary collaborations, intentional inclusivity and a re-examination of traditional theater practices.

She is a 2018 MacDowell Fellow, a two-time Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellow (2016-18), and received a 2017 Jerome Travel/Study grant to research family history and build international connections in China.