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DAEL ORLANDERSMITH CLASS

Going Solo with Dael Orlandersmith

A solo Performance Summer Intensive taught by the Most acclaimed solo artists of our times

"The writing is fierce, uncompromising and alive with sharply observed, humanizing detail…The characterizations are indelible…Orlandersmith is a riveting performer with an urgent tale to tell.”—San Francisco Chronicle

Ms. Orlandersmith guides students through an interior process designed to unlock vivid language, discover the specificity of character, and encourage truthful depiction in an atmosphere that is generous, audacious, courageous, and rigorous. Emphasis on experimentation with genre, form, voice, movement and language for any genre necessary or desired.

Expect to start something new, dig deeper into an earlier draft, or complete an entire piece. A showcase of class excerpts will be encouraged.


Class Schedule
  • Saturday, July 20 10am to 1pm
  • Sunday, July 21 10am to 1pm
  • Friday, July 26 10am to 1pm
  • Saturday, July 27 11am to 2pm
  • Sunday, July 28 9am to 3pm with one hour for lunch
*Times have been designed to grant students time to attend and participate in the readings and special events of the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Class Price is $395 *Price of the class includes a Festival Pass to the Bay Area Playwrights Festival

Are you ready to study with Dael?
Here is what Criteria we are looking for in the applications:

  • Demonstration of Professional Experience
  • Strength of the Writing Proposal/Project
  • Honesty

Due to the format and nature of this New Play Institute Session, space will be limited to 12 students, selected by Ms. Orlandersmith through an application process.

Applications will be accepted until June 15 and selected participants will be notified within three business days.

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About Dael Orlandersmith

Ms. Orlandersmith was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Yellowman in 2002, won an Obie Award for Beauty’s Daughter and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for The Gimmick, and was a Desk Award nominee for Outstanding Play and Outstanding Actress in a Play for Yellowman. She is the recipient of, The Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, a Guggenheim and a PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award for a playwright in mid-career.

Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men was developed as a co-commission between the Goodman and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, where it was staged in May, and then October 2012. Her play Horsedreams was performed at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in 2011. Bones was commissioned by the Mark Taper Forum where it premiered in 2010. Ms. Orlandersmith premiered The Blue Album, in collaboration with David Cale, at Long Wharf Theatre in 2007. Yellowman was commissioned by and premiered at McCarter Theatre in a co-production with The Wilma Theater and Long Wharf Theatre. The Gimmick, commissioned by McCarter Theatre, premiered in their Second Stage in 1998 and went on to great acclaim at Long Wharf Theatre and New York Theatre Workshop; Her play Monster premiered at New York Theatre Workshop in November 1996. Ms. Orlandersmith has toured extensively with the Nuyorican Poets Café (Real Live Poetry) throughout the United States, Europe and Australia. Yellowman and a collection of her earlier works have been published by Vintage Books and Dramatists Play Service.