Online Design and Technical Training

We are so excited to be able to offer these opportunities!


Essential Elements of Playwriting      Drop-In Writer’s Cafe

with Bridgette Dutta Portman


Shakespeare Webinars: Plagues in Plays with Neva M. Hutchinson


Ten Ways to Get a Laugh – Lectures with Leanna Keyes




Shakespeare Webinars:
Plagues in Plays


July 26 & August 2

4:00 – 5:00 pm (PT)

Webinars held on Zoom

Individual Tuition: $25


This new online program is kicking off with a modern parallel – plagues. Shakespeare experienced at least 5 plagues during his lifetime and wrote several of his plays when the theaters were closed due to the epidemics. In this series we will focus on four of them; “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Macbeth”, and “King Lear”. What were the effects? How did the people cope in 1595, 1603, etc.? 

During the first 20-minutes of the sessions we’ll explore the ins and outs of the plagues and how it affected specific works. The remaining portion of the sessions will be a group discussion and a time to get your Shakespearean questions answered!

Join Neva Hutchinson in exploring the plague experience in Shakespeare’s world.

July 12 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
What does Shakespeare write about the “contagion fogs” in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”?

July 19 – Romeo & Juliet
What stopped the Friar from delivering a very important note in “Romeo and Juliet”?

July 26 – Macbeth
In “Macbeth”, why does Shakespeare refer to the castle as being ‘Where sighs and groans and shrieks that rend the air/Are made, not marked “?

August 2 – King Lear
In “King Lear”, why is there a chaotic storm? What does the madness of Lear represent?







Starting August 1

1:00 – 3:00 pm (PT)

Classes held on Zoom

Tuition: FREE (Donations Welcome)

Do you miss being able to write in cafes, surrounded by the aroma of coffee and the companionable tapping of fingers on keys? Come write with playwright Bridgette Dutta Portman on Zoom every Saturday afternoon. We will spend the first few minutes of each session checking in with one another and sharing encouragement and professional resources. Then we will simply WRITE. Work on your play, novel, poem, or whatever your current project may be. Optional prompts will be provided for anyone struggling with writer’s block. Drop in whenever you feel like it, and stay for as long as you please. And while we can’t provide the coffee, you are welcome to bring your own!







July 19 – September 6

7:00 – 9:00 pm (PT)

Course held on Zoom

Tuition: $200

Back by popular demand! This course is now in its third iteration after selling out the first two sessions.

Join Bridgette Dutta Portman in this eight-week ONLINE course, we will delve into the art of writing plays that engage, delight, and move audiences. Using writing exercises, examples, discussion, and feedback from your instructor and peers, you will improve your ability to craft believable, multifaceted characters, write memorable dialogue that drives the play forward, and find the structure that works best for your plot and keeps your audience riveted. We’ll also discuss how to market your work, including strategies for promoting yourself, in-person and online networking, and submitting to contests and development opportunities.

Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced playwright looking to learn new techniques,
this course will give you the tools you need to write plays that get produced.

This course is no longer taking registrations.




Ten Ways to Get a Laugh


Lecture Fee: $75

(Recorded lectures only)



This is a practical course focusing on humor in plays, movies, web content, and television. Laughter is one of the most potent energetic shifts in the course of a scene, and it’s essential for a writer to know why it works, when to use it, and most importantly, how to get it. Through case studies, discussion sections, and practical exercises, students learn ten distinct ways to earn the laugh.

This 5-week course will include a weekly recorded lecture accompanied by a live virtual class. Each recorded lecture will end with an assignment for students to work on in preparation for the virtual class. Lecture recordings will be sent out on Mondays with the virtual class held on the following Thursdays. For those only interested in the recorded lectures, we have a prorated tuition available.

Join Leanna Keyes for five recorded lectures.

Week 1: Introduction & The Structure of Humor
Week 2: Working with Your Audience (Tools 1-3)
Week 3: It’s All in the Words (Tools 4-7)
Week 4: Collaboration (Tools 8-10)
Week 5: Time and a Place for Every Tool

We will be scheduling another course with Leanna soon.
Please contact Justine if you would like to purchase the recordings.





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