ESPA Drills is an annual new play development program providing staged readings to ESPA playwrights. Each June, four plays are selected from dozens of submissions for development at Primary Stages. They are then cast and presented before an audience of industry peers on an Off-Broadway stage later that summer. ESPA Drills provides an exclusive opportunity for students to receive professional attention through the resources and support of Primary Stages.
This year’s four Drills writers attended a 4-day retreat led by Tessa LaNeve in Dorset, Vermont, where they stayed at the home of Theresa Rebeck. With generous support by Ms. Rebeck and the Dorset Theater Festival, the retreat ran from July 31 – August 3, 2014.
Applications for ESPA Drills 2015 will be available during the Spring 2015 semester. All writing students of ESPA, past and present, are invited to apply.
A musical is only as good as its libretto, the piece that marries the plot and character development with musical composition. This 10-week class tackles the techniques of plot structure, story development, and adaptation, as well as how to write for various musical genres such as pop, rock, and musical theater.