| writing & acting workshop |
For writers and actors of all ages and experience level
The Writers and Actors Group
520 8th Avenue, 3rd Floor, NY, NY 10018
| what's it all about? |
This weekly workshop is a fun and friendly opportunity to practice cold reading, and become a better writer. Be a writer, be an actor, or be both. We workshop 2 scripts per week, roughly 25 pages of each. Actors receive their scripts when they arrive, writers run through the pages once with their actors, and then they perform it for the other cast. Then everyone in the room is welcome to give the writer feedback on the development of their script.
| faqs |
How can I workshop my script?
Our writing and acting workshop is meant to be as much for the writer as it is for the actor. If you'd like to workshop your script, email us the first few pages, so we can have a look-see. Then we'll find the right start date for you based on our openings and your availability. You can workshop your whole script, or just a scene. It's up to you! You'll let us know how many actors you need, and we'll cast it for you. But you'll be in charge of printing your scripts! Since the writer plays the role of director at WAG, and therefore has a big responsibility on the nights they are workshopping, we require all writers to attend at least one session of WAG before they commit to workshop their script.
What kinds of scripts do you workshop?
Anything that has actors. That is, screenplays, stage plays, teleplays, webisodes, sketch comedy, musicals, and anything else you can dream up that our actors can do (eh hem- no porn.)
What if I have no experience as an actor?
Our group is open to everyone. Some of our members have years of professional training, and some don't even call themselves actors. Most of our non-actors still act with us for fun, but there's no obligation. You're welcome to just watch.
| who runs it? |
Caroline Gordon-Elliott has been teaching acting to kids and adults for over fifteen years. She trained at the Williamstown Theater Festival, Vassar College, Interlochen Arts Center, LA Connection Improv, Choate Summer Theater, and a two-year course in Meisner Technique. She wrote, directed, and performed in various theatrical productions, and worked in front of, and behind the camera on multiple TV and film sets, including writing and directing her short film. She also wrote and performed in the successful sketch comedy group, The Monkey Box. She taught acting to 12-18 year-olds at the Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California. After ten years in LA, she returned to her home town of NYC, and founded the Writers and Actors Group in 2013, where she teaches acting and screenwriting, and offers private coaching.