Writing the 10-Minute Play
Craft a compelling short play.
A staple of theater festivals everywhere, the 10-minute play can be harder to write than it sounds. But it is also a great way to learn and practice the fundamentals of dramatic storytelling that can help you write any length play you want. Through in-class exercises, discussion, and workshopping, this crash course equips you with the necessary tools to craft a dynamic short play. The class culminates in a sharing of completed work on an additional day to be announced.
“I came in without an idea for a play and was prompted into writing one. There’s nothing like having a completed product at the end of a class.”
“I enjoyed the focus on specific elements of the 10-minute play such as rising action, conflict, etc. Also, the push to write two complete scripts was motivating.”
Meet Your Instructor: Matt Barbot
Matt Barbot is a Nuyorican writer from Brooklyn, NY. Matt will be workshopping his new play THE BEAUTIFUL LAND I SEEK (LA LINDA TIERRA QUE BUSCO YO) with Fault Line Theatre as part of their inaugural New Plays in Development series. “Spray Cap,” Matt’s contribution to Lynn Nottage and Miranda Haymon’s THE WATERING HOLE theatre event at Signature Theatre in New York City, featured the voice of Liza Colon-Zayas and received special praise from The New Yorker and The New York Times. His 24-hour play, FRIJOLES, starring Raul Esparza, is available to view on YouTube. Matt’s first play for young audiences, STOO’S FAMOUS MARTIAN AMERICAN GUMBO, was commissioned by Peppercorn Theatre. Additionally, Matt has worked with comic book creator Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez as an editor and co-writer for Darryl Makes Comics’ DMC, as well as Somos Arte’s La Borinqueña. Matt is a New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellow and has an MFA in playwriting from Columbia University.
Watch Matt’s video to learn more about his class, Writing the 10-Minute Play.
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Our organization was founded to help amplify the voices of those who are often not heard—including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQIA+ individuals, and other historically marginalized groups. We have witnessed how writing and sharing stories has the power to effect change by generating greater love, compassion, and empathy in the listener. In all of our programs, we provide an inclusive, supportive, and welcoming environment. We do not tolerate writing that perpetuates harmful stereotypes or fuels hate. Failure to align with our philosophy can result in your removal from class.