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Past Play Cafe/Musical Cafe

Educational Workshops and Master Classes


  • REWRITES WITH LAUREN GUNDERSON presented on-line by Lauren Gunderson, June 2, 2024.

  • MARKET YOUR PLAY WITH A COMPELLING BLURB presented on-line by Patricia Milton, May 26, 2024.

  • PLOT STRUCTURE IN THEATRE, FILM, TV & AUDIO DRAMA presented on-line by writer-producer Rick Toscan, Feb. 25, 2024.

  • CREATING & EDITING COMPELLING DIALOGUE IN PLAYS, SCREENPLAYS & AUDIO DRAMA, presented on-line by Rick Toscan. October 12, 2023.

  • AUDIO RECORDING FOR MUSICAL WRITING – TIPS, TRICKS, AND METHODS, presented on-line by Justin Rayna. September 10, 2023.

  • MARKET YOUR PLAY WITH A COMPELLING BLURB, presented on-line by Patricia Milton, May 21, 2023.

  • STORY AND SCRIPT STRUCTURES IN THEATRE, AUDIO DRAMA, FILM, AND TELEVISION: an online workshop for writers by writer-producer Rick Toscan. April 23, 2023.

  • INTRODUCING PUPPETRY INTO THE THEATRICAL PALETTE, presented on-line by Wes Sanders and Debra Wise, co-founders of Underground Railway Theater. March 26, 2023.

  • WRITING FOR THE VOICE: an online workshop presented by music director and composer Sheela Ramesh. February 26, 2023.

  • Q & A WITH THE KILBANES, an on-line workshop, December 4, 2022.

  • COMIC WRITING FOR DRAMATISTS - BRINGING THE FUNNY, an on-line workshop with playwright Anthony Clarvoe, September 18, 2022.

  • AUDIO DRAMA WRITERS’ ROOM: READINGS & CRITIQUES OF YOUR SCRIPTS, an online workshop with writer-producer Rick Toscan, July 17, 2022.

  • ADAPTATION FOR THE STAGE workshop presented by Gary Graves. On-line. May 1, 2022.

  • MARKET YOUR PLAY WITH A COMPELLING BLURB workshop presented by Patricia Milton. On-line. March 13, 2022.

  • WRITING FOR THE EAR: CREATING SCRIPTS FOR CONTEMPORARY AUDIO DRAMA workshop presented by Rick Toscan. On-line. February 20, 2022.

  • WORKING WITH A MUSIC DIRECTOR presented by Billy Wolfe. On-line. November 7, 2021.

  • MUSIC FOR PLAYS presented by composer Richard Jennings. On-line. October 17, 2021.

  • EMPLOYING SUBTEXT IN PLAYS & SCREENPLAYS presented by writer-producer Rick Toscan. On-line. September 19, 2021.

  • WRITING PLAYS DRAWN FROM HISTORY workshop presented by Gary Graves. On-line. August 15, 2021.

  • IMPROVE YOUR MUSIC PRODUCTIONS, ARRANGEMENTS, AND MIXES workshop with McKay Garner. On-line. July 18, 2021.

  • WORKING WITH A DIRECTOR ON YOUR PLAY workshop presented by Norman Gee. On-line. June 6, 2021.

  • JEDI DRAMATURGY workshop (JEDI stands for “justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion) presented by Melissa Hillman. On-line. May 16, 2021.

  • WRITING FOR THE EAR: THE VISUAL ART & CRAFT OF AUDIO (RADIO) DRAMA workshop presented by Rick Toscan. On-line. April 25, 2021.

  • THE CRAFT OF MUSIC & LYRICS IN STORYTELLING presented by Min Kahng. On-line. March 7, 2021.

  • PATTERN & CONTOUR IN MUSICALS: MOTIVATING CHARACTERS TO SING & DANCE. presented by Allison Bergman. On-line. Feb. 28, 2021.

  • The Dramaturgy of Worldbuilding, presented by Melissa Hillman, On-line. Nov. 29, 2020.

  • Dramatic and Comic Action in Musical Theatre Songs - A Song and Scene Class, Presented by Elise Dewsberry and Scott Guy of New Musicals, Inc. On-line. October 24, 2020.

  • Song-aturgy: How Musical Theatre Songs Work with Min Kahng. On-line. October 18, 2020.

  • Crowdfunding for Self Production with Tracy Held. On-line. September 20, 2020.

  • Digital Self-Marketing for Playwrights with Min Kahng. On-line. September 13, 2020.

  • Market Your Play with a Compelling Blurb with Patricia Milton. On-line. August 30, 2020.

  • Q & A with Poet / Playwright Dave Harris. On-line.  August 23, 2020.

  • Discussion with composer Rona Siddiqui on what it takes to create

       theatre in New York. On-line. May 24, 2020.

  • Playwrights and Composers Workshops, Nov. 2 & 3, 2019; Language Studies International, Berkeley.  Classes offered:

“Playwriting: New Pages - Language Generator” presented by Garret Jon Groenveld


“Writing for Young Audiences” presented by Nina Meehan


“Legal Matters for Playwrights and Composers” presented by California Lawyers

for the Arts


“The Path to NYC – Festivals, Workshops, Showcases” presented by Stacy Kray


“Composing for Musical Theatre and Lyric Writing” presented by Ron Lytle

  • Master Class, “Musical Theatre Writing Workshop,” with Scott Guy, April 7 & 8, 2018; Shotgun Studios, Berkeley

  • “The Joy of a Good Audition - A Musical Theatre Audition” Workshop with Loretta Janca, Scarlett Hepworth and Jonathan Leavy, January 22, 2018; A.C.T. Studios, San Francisco

  • Master Class, “It’s Alive! How Your Script Helps Actors Tell Your Story” with Sharon Huff, December 4, 2017; Jewish Community Center, Berkeley.

  • Master Class, “Story Structure for Stage and Screen Scripts” with Will Dunne, November 6, 2017; Jewish Community Center, Berkeley.

  • Master Class, “Song-aturgy: Making Musical Songs Serve Your Story” with Min Kahng, October 16, 2017; Jewish Community Center, Berkeley.

  • Panel Discussion, “How to Get Your Work Produced,” Berkeley Rep School of Theatre October 16, 2016. New this year, we are expanding this event to include a session on musicals, as well as an evening meet-and-greet event for playwrights and composers. Special guest panelist Scott Guy from NMI in Los Angeles.

  • Panel Discussion, “How to Get Your Work Produced” October 27, 2014 at Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, 2025 Addison Street, Berkeley. Moderator: Tracy Held Potter Panelists:  Anthony Clarvoe, Melissa Hillman, Carol S. Lashof, Eric Reid, and Jennifer Lynn Roberts.

  • “Legal Issues for Playwrights and Composers,” October 27, 2013 at Berkeley Rep’s Osher Studio, 2055 Center Street, Berkeley, CA. Attorney MJ Bogatin from California Lawyers for the Arts, discussed legal issues, including copyright issues and collaboration agreements. In addition, Dramatists Guild rep Suze Allen spoke about the benefits of Guild membership.

  • Panel Discussion, “How to Get Your Work Produced” October 27, 2012 at Berkeley Rep Rehearsal Studios, 2055 Center Street, Berkeley, CA

      Moderated by Tracy Held Potter, Norman Gee, and Jamie Green-           blatt.

      Panelists: Stuart Bousel, Anthony Clarvoe, Megan Cohen, Judith   O       Offer and Don Reed.







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