Hi! Starting in June, I’m going to be offering TWO online courses: Intro to Playwriting AND Intro to Latin American Theatre.

TLDR: For how to register for classes, email me at rachel.lynett@gmail.com

Here are some FAQs:

Wanna hear more about Intro to Playwriting?

In this course, we’ll cover the basics of playwriting from coming up with an idea, building character, formatting, conflict, and so much more. We’ll do 5 sessions. Classes will be at 6 pm CST and once a month on the second Tuesday of the month. For the next two:

June 14 — Building Character

July 14 — How to Write Dialogue

Wanna hear more about Latin American Theatre?

In this course, we’ll cover Latin American Theatre history. Over 5 sessions, we’ll cover 5 countries* (Mexico, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Cuba, and Colombia) and five playwrights (Sabina Berman, Luisa Capetillo, Diana Raznovich, José Triana, and Enrique Buenaventura). Each class will discuss a play by each of the playwrights, how it ties into Latin American history, and will end with a writing exercise for participants. Classes will be at 6 pm CST once a month on the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

June 16 — Argentina/Diana Raznovich

The play: Personal Belongings by Diana Raznovich

July 21 — Mexico/Sabina Berman

The play: Agony of Ecstasy by Sabina Berman

Are these classes online?

Yes. Once you register, you’ll get a zoom link.

Do I need prior experience with the topic before I sign up?

For the Latin American Theatre history course, nope. It helps to have a basic knowledge of theatre in general but I’ll cover the basics as much as is needed.

For the playwriting course, not really but the classes will build on each other so it’s better to take all of them if you can.

So, wait, what do I get out of these classes?

Well, glad you asked. The more you sign up for the more you get. Each session will have a focused lecture and exercise. If you sign up for a class, you can then send your exercise to me for further feedback. The only way to get feedback is to sign up for the class.

Interesting. How much is it?

Each class is $25 but if you sign up for all five sessions at once it’s $100. I’d like to keep it accessible while also making sure not to short change myself too much. If you’d really like to attend but can’t do $25, there is a pay what you can option. Email me directly for that (rachel.lynett[at]gmail.com)

If you sign up through my Patreon, you’ll pay $20/session and will get automatic invites to the next courses I teach online (and other fun benefits).

Is there a class limit?

In order to give everyone the best experience possible, yes. Both classes have a limit of 15 participants.

Who are you to teach this?

Wonderful question. I’ll put my imposter syndrome aside for a second.

Teaching credits: I have a MFA in Theatre from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and a BA in Theatre and Gender Studies from the University of Notre Dame. I’ve been studying Latin American Theatre for the last decade and have taught a class on Latin American Playwrights on the collegiate level twice. Aside from that, I’ve been teaching at universities and colleges since 2012 and have been a working teaching artist since 2015. I’m more than happy to send my full CV if you’d like 🙂

Playwriting credits: (Here’s a bio)

Rachel Lynett is a queer Afro-Latinx playwright who writes dark comedies about complex, complicated women of color. Her recent playwriting credits include commissions with Barrington Stage Theatre Company (HOLY GROUND), Florida Studio Theatre (CARRY ME and AS YOU ARE), and Theatre Lab (LAST NIGHT).  Other credits include LAST NIGHT presented as a reading with Theatre Lab (2020);HERE BE DRAGONS presented as a reading with Capital Rep (2019); YOU WERE MINE presented as a reading at the Kennedy Center Page to Stage Festival presented by Theatre Prometheus (2019); HE DID IT presented as a reading with Equity Library Theatre, Chicago (2018) and presented as a workshop production with University of Central Florida’s Pegasus PlayLab; REFUGE as part of Z Space’s Problematic Play Festival (2018); GOOD BAD PEOPLE as part of Talk Back Theatre’s Reading Series (2018), part of American Stage Theatre Company’s 21st Century New Voices New Play Festival (2018), part of Jackalope Theatre’s CIRCLE UP series (2017) and as a reading as part of Unicorn Theatre Plays In Progress (2018); WELL-INTENTIONED WHITE PEOPLE as the Michigan premiere with Matrix Theatre (2018), the world premiere with Barrington Stage Theatre Company (2018), the Downstage Left Residency with StageLeft (2017), part of Orlando Shakespeare New Play Festival (2017), and receiving honorable mention for the 2017 Kilroys for her play (2017). Her play, ABORTION ROAD TRIP received a workshop production produced by Theatre Prometheus as part of Capital Fringe where it won Best Comedy (2017) and then was later presented by Theatre Prometheus, as a part of the 2017 Kennedy Center Page to Stage Festival.

How do I sign up?

To register for either course, either become a patron (thanks!) or email me directly and I’ll send sign up information, how to pay, and zoom information.