The 2018 Festival incorporates two free playwriting workshops, the first on March 3rd and the second, on March 10th. Both workshops will be taught by master playwright, Ellen Anderson of Dramatic Women. The focus of the March 3rd workshop is to serve and support the young storytellers from local high schools and colleges. With the lively guidance of Ellen Anderson, the workshop participants will, through a series of individual and group writing experiments, explore and deepen their playwriting skills and will begin to create a short written theatrical work.
Playwriting Workshop Leader Biography:
Local playwright Ellen Anderson will guide the participants as the workshop leader. Ms. Anderson has written 18 plays include BEDTIME IN DETROIT, NEW AMSTERDAMES, LIZ ESTRADA, SHIRTWAIST, and WHY MUD FLAPS? Her plays have been performed in New York, Portland, and Santa Barbara. She has taught introductory and advanced playwriting at both Santa Barbara City College and UCSB and loves new plays as much as she loves new babies. Currently, she is the artistic director of Dramatic Women and the director of Isla Vista Arts at UCSB. Ms. Andersen earned her B.S. and M.A. degrees from Wayne State University. She is a long-time member of the Dramatists Guild.