Page By Page
A new monthly resource! If you want to stay informed about what is happening in both the artistic evolution and professional industry of the American Theater from the perspective of new work, then Page By Page is for you.
If you're a playwright:
For the 5% of playwrights who meet that magical mentor and write that mind-blowing script right out of a gate, a script which propels them to major commissions, great reviews, and literary stardom, that's awesome. But the reality is that 95% of successful playwrights work their way up, step by step, day by day, learning by trial and error. Let me help you skip some of the trials, fix some of the errors, and strengthen your art so that you can take your playwriting to the next level... and then on to wherever you want it to go.
If you're a theater maker:
Keep up with the newest names in playwriting, as well as the trajectory of established playwrights. Have access to new writing prompts that can be used for classrooms, rehearsals, and workshops. And receive additional valuable information on American theater history, new trends in theater, and more.
I currently teach undergraduate playwriting at the University of Pennsylvania and MFA Playwriting at Temple University. I was the Director of Education at PlayPenn, and also spent 8 years working in literary and artistic offices at La Jolla Playhouse and Philadelphia Theatre Company. I am also a working dramaturg, and sit on the Board of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas as well as The Directors Gathering. You can read more about my work at: www.jacquelinegoldfinger.com.
My teaching philosophy: No one can teach you how to create the "perfect theatrical experience" or the "best play." If they say that they can, then they are either deeply narcissistic or comically uninformed. Because there is no such thing as "best" or "perfect"; Art doesn't work that way. All we can do is give you an opportunity to learn and strengthen different creative tools and approaches - as well as expose you to new influences that might change the way you see your work and the world. Our goal is to support you in your journey along the path of plays which only you can write.
Special thanks to Amy Merrill, Anne-Charlotte Harvey, Brian Grace-Duff, Dennis Blackmon, Howard & Carolyn Pardue, Hunter McConnell, Jessie Salsbury, Julie Zaffarano, Kathleen Van Cleve, Larry Harold, Nikki Brake-Silla, Russ Walsh, Russ Walsh, Jonathan Norton, and Scott Glander.