EAW21: Non-Traditional Educational Spaces, Students, and Structures

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 7pm

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Eastern Time: 7pm
Central Time: 6pm
Mountain Time: 5pm
Pacific Time: 4pm


Working playwrights often teach theatre in a variety of non-traditional spaces, including at detention centers, prisons, senior centers, and other community outreach programs. Some dramatists also work as teaching artists for theatre companies.  Join us for a conversation with innovative theatre practitioners about their work, and learn practical ideas that you'll be able to utilize in any classroom space.


This October, join the Dramatists Guild for our very first Educator Appreciation Week. We'll be celebrating the vital bond between dramatists and educators, who often work together to nurture creativity within their communities.


Our week of special online programming will enable you to examine the landscape of higher education, discover the non-traditional ways through which writers can become teaching artists, consider whether a teaching job is right for you, and more. Participants will also engage in lively conversations about the landscape of theatre, and the role that education can play in shaping the next generation of artists. 


Special Guests:

Raquel Almazan

Francesca Piantadosi

Thelma deCastro

Tamara Drew

Rebecca Gilman



Register for the Full Week!


Monday, October 4

When and How to Enter the Higher Education Sector 


Tuesday, October 5

Non-Traditional Educational Spaces, Students, and Structures


Wednesday, October 6

To MFA or Not MFA 

Dramatists Guild Institute Open House 


Thursday, October 7

What I’m Teaching Now 


Friday, October 8

Creating Equitable Spaces for Students 


Speaker Bios:


Raquel Almazan is an interdisciplinary artist, facilitator and activist. (M.F.A. – Playwriting, Columbia University). Her eclectic career spans original multi-media solo performances, playwriting, devising – dramaturgy and filmmaking. Arts Educator to thousands of youth and adults, founding several original arts programs, she is the youth program director at City Lore. She teaches intergenerational communities, with a focus on social justice for private institutions, public schools, residences with organizations, community centers, incarceration facilities and universities, colleges. Facilitated with: Manhattan Theatre Club, Brooklyn Academy of Music and DreamYard.


Tamara Drew co-founded Studio BE: Youth Revolution, a non-profit youth performance plan, where she was Executive Director. She has worked extensively as a theatre and ensemble teacher in public schools on Chicago’s west and north sides, developing as a youth mentor and building a small army of self-actualized, humanitarian performers. She earned her BA Theatre & BA Sociology double major at Millikin University. She is currently the Artistic Manager at Storycatchers Theatre.


Thelma Virata de Castro is a San Diego Dramatists Guild Co-Ambassador, teaching artist, dramaturg, community builder, and founder of San Diego Playwrights. Her plays have been performed by Playwrights Project, Asian Story Theater, The Old Globe, New Village Arts, OnStage Playhouse, Circle Circle dot dot, Logan Squared Productions, and others. Grants include the William Male Foundation, The San Diego Foundation’s Creative Catalyst Fellowship, and California Humanities.


Rebecca Gilman's plays include Luna Gale, Boy Gets Girl, The Glory of Living, and Twilight Bowl. She is an artistic associate at the Goodman Theatre and an affiliated faculty member of the Northwestern Prison Education Program.


Francesca Piantadosi is an award winning playwright who hails from Portland, Oregon. She’s been a participant at Seven Devil’s Playwriting Conference; a Finalist for the Rosenthal New Play Prize, Seattle Rep’s New Work Festival, Ojai Playwriting Festival, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, JAW, New Harmony Project, Play Labs and has had productions from Bangalore, India to New York. For the past ten years she’s been teaching playwriting at MacLaren Correctional Facility (which serves men age fourteen to twenty six.) She’s spoken around the country giving her seminar “How to Start a Play and/or Save a Life.” She’s also taught at Phame Academy, a theatre program for adults with developmental disabilities, Tillamook Correctional and Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center.

The Dramatists Guild is committed to ensuring inclusive and accessible programming. Please email questions@dramatistsguild.com with any questions in regard to accessibility, including your own accessibility requirements. By registering for this event, you agree that you will comply with the Dramatists Guild Code of Conduct for Community Spaces, located at www.dramatistsguild.com/code-conduct-community-spaces. Failure to do so may result in removal from the meeting.

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