Writers, directors and actors hone their skills at Placer Rep’s Writers Workshop
New for 2022, the Writers’ Workshop is a monthly meeting where professional performers read written work in progress which is then worked on in the workshop by the writer, performers and host.
Although primarily focused on the stage and plays, short stories, novels, poems, comedy routines and lyrics are also welcome. Participants include writers, directors and performers, all of whom engage in writing feedback and workshop to propel its development.
Officially, “Class #680 – “Masterclass: The Writers Workshop”, as part of the professional growth program, The Writers Workshop uses a three-step process: 1) Professional actors read works in progress, 2) Performers and participants provide feedback, 3) The facilitator works on the play with the author and performers while maintaining an informative dialogue with the rest of the workshop participants.
“Exponential growth happens when feedback and analysis becomes action; there’s a depth and breadth of experiential learning through the workshop,” said TS Forsyth, the current writers’ workshop facilitator. . No stranger to this process, award-winning, produced and published playwright and author TS Forsyth has previously taught this workshop at universities and performing arts organizations. “Designed not only as a melting pot to promote the rapid development of work in progress, the workshop is also a growth experience for writers, directors and performers. They learn new tips and tools and exercise their analytical thinking skills as as workshop participants,” said TS Forsyth. Forsyth’s background includes a master’s degree in dramatic arts and a master’s degree in management and leadership, writing and spooky directing for touring stand-up comedians and solo performance artists, a published author and journalist, a fourth place in a national poetry competition, optional screenplays, a college education, and his former occupation in San Francisco as a director/playwright of new works of nationally/internationally touring professional theater that performed in venues such as than the Kennedy Center. She is currently the Production Artistic Director for Placer Repertory Theater and performs administrative, production, director/writer and educator roles for the organization.
Writers’ Workshop attendees are encouraged to register early for the workshop on Eventbrite.com (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/242585227947) to receive the program and reserve a spot. The Writers Workshop is offered from 3-5 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of each month through October 2022 for $20 per session at 401-B Vernon Street, Roseville CA. Participants are encouraged to participate monthly, even if they have no new work to submit. Attendance is limited due to social distancing. Placer Rep follows location, city, county, and state COVID requirements. At this time, masks are not mandatory, but available on site at the COVID station provided by Placer Rep.
The Writer’s Workshop is one of three “Week Four” programs offered in 2022. Another “Week Four” program includes the third season of ColLABoration LAB, an incubator and networking opportunity for creatives and entities that support creatives, which is found under Placer Rep’s Talent Development program area. ColLABoration LAB takes place on the fourth Wednesday of each month until October 2022. The third program of “Week 4” is an exciting new monthly show, “Rifts in Time: Interactive Adventure Theater (IAT)”, in which the master of the play/playwright (TS Forsyth) guides spectators and professional actors on a narrative adventure. Half role-playing, half improvisation, the adventurers travel each month through the faults of time towards real historical events to accomplish inexplicable quests. There are many innovative ways for the public to participate in this immersive program if they wish. Currently, this program is FREE and takes place on the fourth Sunday of every month from 7-8:30 p.m. in Roseville. For more information on any of the “Week Four” programs, visit Placer Repertory Theater on Eventbrite.com.
Audiences may remember Placer Repertory Theater as the professional company that commissioned and produced the “New Beginnings” event featuring a new play about Placer County’s historic roundhouses in July 2021 and the “Jane Austen Soiree” from December 2021. Placer Rep also recently won Gold Country Media’s “The Best of the Best: Best Live Theatrical Group” award and four Broadway World Awards in December 2021.
The Placer Repertory Theater is an award-winning 501(c)3 non-profit professional cultural and arts organization with a mission to provide professional cultural and educational programs that are life-enriching and relevant to the people of Placer County, while supporting organizations and acting as an economic engine for the region.