Heartland offers a class in playwriting in September 2018.  John W. Kirk will teach the class in 8 sessions meeting from 5:30 – 7 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays from September 4 – 27*.  Register by September 1 with the link to the form below.  The fee is $225 to be paid at the first class September 4.

Class dates are:  September 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27 – 2018

Participants will:

  • Learn how to write a play, what goes into solid theatrical writing,
  • be involved in  reading and giving feedback to scenes written in response to prompts.
  • Engage in extensive discussion of dramatic action; what it is and how to achieve it.
  • Exercises to illustrate and help to create an understanding of action.
  • Receive feedback on scenes that will be recorded (if feasible) and made available to the writer for reflection.
  • Be involved in a reading by actors to help writers see how what they have written works on stage (final session)

Hurry!  Class size is limited to only 15!


JOHN KIRK croppedAbout John Kirk:

Dr. Kirk taught play writing at Illinois State University for 20 years. He has written 11 full length plays and several shorter plays. His play, Judas was produced at ISU and subsequently at Milwaukee, later optioned for a first class Broadway production by Barnett and Farber. His play, The Third Richard, was produced at ISU and subsequently accepted for Dale Wasserman’s Mid-west Playwrights Workshop, later reaching the finals of the Eugene O’Neil Workshop. The play also won first place in the Bay Area Play Contest where the play was given a reading by professional actors. These actors later formed a company which performed a full scale production at the Presidio Theatre in San Francisco. Kirk’s one-person-play, Martin Luther, Apostle of Defiance, performed by Cal Pritner, was produced at The Body Politic Theatre in Chicago and subsequently toured the mid-west for three years. The play, Sarah, was given a fully staged reading at Chicago Dramatists. Will, a play about the last days of Shakespeare, was given a staged reading at Shakespeare & Company’s January retreat in 2001. Kirk’s adaptation of Lessing’s Nathan the Wise, was produced at Heartland Theatre. Dr. Kirk was active in the Playwright’s Division of the American College Theatre Festival, where he was head of the Division one year.  He also toured the country as the national play judge for the Festival. Kirk also set up the Playwright’s Division of the American Theatre Association.


Heartland offers classes in acting.  No classes are currently scheduled.

Heartland Theatre offers senior acting classes in two semesters each year, beginning the first Monday in April for the Spring semester and the first Monday in August for the Fall Semester.  For more information, click here: Young at Heartland

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