SCRIPT – A Practical Workshop

 June 9 – 13, 2014

          Announcing a week-long intensive creative environment in which writers meet to generate original work as plays, screenplays, and any other dramatic media.

We work on ideas or scripts in any stage of development from “pitching” a germinal idea to helping execute the final rewrite on a polished draft.  We specialize in helping writers adapt their work from one medium to another (stage to screen; fiction to stage; etc…). The three key instructors, Sean Clark, Randy Feldman, and Julie Jensen, are working, professional writers with strong experience in creative writing for performance, including theatre, motion pictures, and television.

Participants in SCRIPT get a thorough workshop of whatever work they want to explore.  In the 2013 session alone, we gave full workshops to six scripts and developed eight pitches into viable full length screenplays or stage plays. Upon completion of the week, participants are conversant in the differences between one dramatic medium and another at a different level.  For some writers, it is a great environment in which to embrace a new medium and for others it is a chance to hone the art and craft with which they are familiar.

It is a high-energy week of creative interaction and hard work that takes place on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. We meet two sessions every day, from Monday, June 9 to Friday, June 13, leaving the nights to work or play.

The conference costs $850 for the workshops, on-campus accommodation, and two meals a day (breakfast and lunch). For the conference only, the price is $500.

For questions about content of the workshop, contact Sean Clark at sean.clark@unlv.edu or at 702-895-2442.

For reservations and additional information contact Lori Slinn at lori.slinn@unlv.edu or at 702-895-2455.

SCRIPT is sponsored by the College of Fine Arts at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and the National Partners of American Theatre.

The Teachers

Sean Clark heads the UNLV graduate screenwriting program after more than a decade in Los Angeles as a screenwriter and producer. In L.A. Sean wrote and/or produced for several television series including, CoachEvening ShadeNorthern ExposureSirensEarly Edition, and several others. The most prestigious of Clark’s awards as a playwright is the Lorraine Hansberry Award, which was granted for his play, Eleven-Zulu. He attended the University of Missouri and the University of Iowa where he earned a master of fine arts degree in theatre – playwriting.

Julie Jensen is currently working on an adaptation of Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine for the Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences. The story follows, Caitlin a young girl with Asperger’s Syndrome as she copes with a chaotic world and the death of her brother. The play is part of their Page-to-Stage Festival, and will be workshopped at Weber State University with Director Tracy Callahan in spring 2014. Mockingbird will be produced at the Kennedy Center in Fall 2014. Julie is also the recipient of the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays award for White Money, the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work for The Lost Vegas Series, and the LA Weekly Award for Best New Play for Two-Headed. She has received the McKnight National Playwriting Fellowship for Wait!, the TCG/NEA Playwriting Residency for Wait!, and a major grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts for Dust Eaters. She has won the Mill Mountain Theatre Playwriting Competition three times for Tender Hooks, Last Lists of My Mad Mother and Two-Headed.Her play, Two-Headed, was included in the volume Best Plays by Women, 2000, and she has twice been nominated by the American Theatre Critics Association for the Steinberg Award for the best new play produced outside of New York for Last Lists of My Mad Mother and Dust Eaters. Her play, Billion Dollar Baby received the New American Plays Award from the Edgerton Foundation.Her most recent play, She Was My Brother, premiered at Borderlands Theatre in Tucson and was produced last season at Plan-B Theatre in Salt Lake City. She just finished The Harvey Girls, commissioned by Penn State University and Dramatic Publishing. It has just been published by Dramatic. Her play for young people, Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie, was produced this season by Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey. Her playwriting book, Playwriting, Brief and Brilliant, is published by Smith and Kraus. Jensen is a frequent speaker and workshop coordinator. In the last three years, she has conducted masterclasses for the winning playwrights at American College Theatre Festival at Kennedy Center. She also addressed the playwrights last at the Missoula Colony and at the Region 8 and Region 5 ACTF. For two years she has taught the playwriting intensive at Kennedy Center. Her work has been produced in London, Hamburg and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as in this country in New York and theatres nationwide. She has been commissioned by Mark Taper Forum, ASK Theatre Projects, Kennedy Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Salt Lake Acting Company, Geva Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Penn State University, and Dramatic Publishing. Her work is published by Dramatic Publishing, Dramatists Play Service, Playscripts, Inc., and Smith and Kraus.She is Resident Playwright at Salt Lake Acting Company and Regional Representative for the Dramatists Guild.

Randy Feldman wrote the feature films Tango and Cash (Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell), Nowhere to Run (Jean-Claude Van Damme) Metro (Eddie Murphy), As Luck Would Have It (Salma Hayek) and Hell Night (Linda Blair). He was a producer and writer on the TV Series Early Edition.