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CLASS DESCRIPTION

Less can mean more with powerful storytelling. You can watch the span of someone’s lifetime—moments of joy and sadness, love and loss—in 10 minutes or less. Writing a short play is a great way to challenge your storytelling skills in a format that requires fully developed and recognizable characters, lean dialogue, and going straight to the heart of the play. Christin Eve Cato will share key components of writing an excellent short play, encouraging students to experiment and take creative risks. Students will study and explore elements of strong short plays to apply to their own work.

This class is for you if you:

  • Have a short play you want to write or revise.
  • Are searching for ways to challenge your writing skills.
  • Want to look deeper into short play structure.
  • Are interested in learning more about Christin Eve Cato’s work and approach to writing.

What to expect:

  • Read, discuss, and examine existing short plays.
  • Exercises to use when writing a short play.
  • Sharing work and giving feedback to your creative peers.
  • Learning how to identify your writing process.
  • Walk out of the class with a short play you are proud of.

 

Class Modality: Synchronous – Meeting online once every week.

Class Dates: Tuesdays, September 26th through November 7th

  • 6 total “in-person” sessions: September 26th, October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, and November 7th
From Christin

Writing short plays is how I began my playwriting journey. If I had a question or theme I wanted to start a conversation about, I would approach those topics through the structure of a short play- this allowed me to understand my stance on the given topic and explore it in a narrative form. I use this same model today- not all stories need to be told in full length. Sometimes we just need a fresh perspective- and that’s the power of storytelling. Short plays can also be used as concept pieces for larger projects and can be used as IP samples.

Christin Eve Cato

The playwright
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based inBrooklyn, NY
Christin Eve Cato is a playwright and performing artist from the Bronx. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Indiana University and completed her BA degree at Fordham University. Cato is also a graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Music and Art and the Performing Arts. She is affiliated with NYC theater companies, Pregones/PRTT (ensemble member), INTAR Theatre (UNIT 52 ensemble member), and the Latinx Playwrights Circle. Cato's artistic style is expressed through Caribbean culture and the Afro-Latinx diaspora, honoring her Puerto Rican and Jamaican roots. She has developed her work with The Classical Theatre of Harlem, Harlem9, Pregones Theater, Milagro Theatre, Borderlands Theater, Teatro Vivo, Indiana University, Texas State University, Cardinal Stage, Conch Shell Productions, KCACTF, and The Silverton Theatre Mine. Cato is also the 2020 Greater Good Commission recipient for Afro-Latinx writers and the 2021 ReImagine New Plays in TYA grant. An aspiring screenwriter, she is currently repped by 3 Arts Entertainment.