Monday, February 6, 2017


Adult Classes in Playwriting and Acting Begin in February
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Civic Playwriting 

For New and Novice Writers

WHEN: Tuesdays 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM; February 14th-April 24th; Final Presentation on May 2nd. (No Class on April 11th)
Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange
TUITION: 11 sessions-$150

Instructor: Anna'le Hornak

You've never written a play before? No problem! For thousands of years, playwrights have been bringing people together to explore what it means to be part of a particular society. 

This unique playwriting class will stimulate novice writers who have an interest in how their words can affect and engage their community. This class begins with the basics of playwriting, exploring what it means to write a "civic play," and sampling multiple techniques for doing so. Playwrights will work on short plays outside of class, using class time to further develop their work. The class culminates in a public reading of these plays by professional actors on Luna's mainstage. 

Please note: This class requires approximately 2-3 hours of a week of work outside of the class hours.

For More Seasoned Writers

2 Sessions to choose from!

Each PlayGym writer will spend one on one time with Instructor Kaitlin Stilwell.

Session I

WHEN: Wednesdays 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM; February 15th - May 3rd . (No Class on February 22nd and April 12th)
10 Sessions-$240
Instructor: Kaitlin Stillwell

Session II

WHEN: Tuesdays 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM; February 7th - May 2nd . (No Class on Feb. 21st, March 21st and April 11th)
10 Sessions-$240
Instructor Kaitlin Stilwell

You've taken playwriting classes, you've got drafts piling up on your desk. But how do you take that next step? PlayGym is a new play development forum for playwrights to hear their work read aloud and to receive feedback from professionals in a safe, nurturing environment. PlayGym playwrights have access to 4-5 professional actors trained in new play development and Luna's Resident Dramaturg. Workshop new material, finally finish that play that's been plaguing you, develop it with the actors in the room, try out different versions---how you use your time is up to you. 

Each playwright receives over 3 hours of personalized time and becomes a part of a community dedicated to play development.

Please note: this class is intended for playwrights with some experience or training. Please submit a brief resume (including any classes taken), or a writing sample.

" I have enjoyed many performances at Luna Stage which was certainly good enough, but now I feel like part of the Luna Stage community. That's better! " -- Civic Playwriting Student

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Acting Essentials

WHEN: Tuesdays 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; February 14th - April 25th . (No Class on April 11th)
Instructor: Ned Coulter

Designed equally for beginning actors as well as actors with experience, this ten-week intensive class provides a nurturing professional atmosphere where participants learn to free the power of their imaginations and gain a better understanding of the actor's journey when creating a role. The class starts with a review of basic acting skills and quickly progresses through improvisations, exercises, cold readings, and script analysis to acting monologues and scenes from theater and film.

Because of the emphasis on the individual, the goal of the class is that everyone achieves a deeper insight into their own unique knowledge of the acting experience and how they personally relate to it. Directors and playwrights who want a better knowledge of the actor's process have found this course valuable for its straight forward approach.

Master Class: The Actor's Workshop

WHEN: Wednesdays 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, February 15th - April 26th. Final Presentation on May 3rd . (No class on April 12th)                                                              
11 sessions-$210
Instructor: Ned Coulter

Take your acting skills to the next level with our Master Class. This class is designed for student actors with prior class room experience who wish to further explore the craft of acting through the use of monologues and scenes from contemporary and classic writers. Building on the principles introduced in our "Acting Essentials" class, emphasis is on character development and preparing for production. The goal of the class is that everyone achieves a deeper insight into their own unique knowledge of the acting experience and how they personally relate to it. The class will culminate in a presentation in Luna's Studio Theater with an invited audience. Students who have not taken our "Acting Essentials" Class must receive permission from the Instructor to register for the Master Class. Inquiries may be sent to

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