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March 28, 2020

Studio Theater

Join us for a full-day workshop with award winning playwright Jonathan Tolins.

Our Community Liaison, Sibel Galindez, has invited her friend and fellow Harvard alum, Jon Tolins, to The Z for a one-time, one-day playwrighting workshop.

Join Sibel as she interviews Jon in our Studio Theater about his journey as a writer. He will share what it takes to navigate a life as an artist and make a sustaining career out of doing what you love.  After the interview is opened up for questions, everyone will break for lunch. Upon return, Jon will conduct a Master Class in which four excerpts from The Z’s American Dreamwrights Group will be read for Jon’s critique.

If you are writer this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss!

But this workshop is not just for writers.  Understanding the artist’s journey and the creative process no matter your field of choice is always of value.

The Z is dedicated to making these kinds of educational programs accessible to all regardless of means.  Attendance is FREE but seating is limited.  Please email [email protected] to reserve your spot.

Our guest mentor’s full bio:

JONATHAN TOLINS is best known as the author of Buyer & Cellar, for which he won a Lucille Lortel Award, and which was named “Best Unique Theatrical Experience” by the Off-Broadway Alliance when it premiered at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater before moving on to a long, successful run at the Barrow Street Theatre, a national tour, and a London engagement at the Menier Chocolate Factory.  It has since had over a hundred productions and was shown on the WNET series, Theater Close-Up.  Other plays include The Twilight of the Golds (Broadway, Booth Theatre), If Memory Serves (Promenade), The Last Sunday in June (Rattlestick, Century Center), Secrets of the Trade (Primary Stages), and The Forgotten Woman (Bay Street Theater).  A collection of his plays has been published by Grove/Atlantic.  He was also represented on Broadway by additional material written with his husband, Robert Cary, for the revival of On the Town.  His film work includes The Twilight of the Golds starring Brendan Fraser and Faye Dunaway, and Martian Child starring John Cusack and Amanda Peet, both co-written with Seth E. Bass.  For television, he was a writer for Queer as Folk (Showtime, first season, co-producer), the 2000 and 2002 Academy Awards, the 2003 Tony Awards, Partners (CBS, consulting producer), BrainDead (CBS, consulting producer) and is currently an executive producer of The Good Fight for CBS All Access.  In addition, he and Robert Cary wrote the script for Grease Live!, the Emmy award-winning live broadcast based on the classic musical, and A Christmas Story Live!, both for Fox TV.  Jon was the author of Pushkin 200: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall, acted as script consultant on Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular, and co-wrote The Divine Millennium Tour and The Showgirl Must Go On for Bette Midler.  He has written articles for Opera News, Opera Monthly, TheaterWeek, Time Magazine, and The Huffington Post, and is a regular panelist on the Metropolitan Opera Radio Quiz.  Jon lives in Fairfield, Connecticut with his husband and their children, Selina and Henry.  He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Writers Guild of America.