Writing Masterclass with Kathleen Cahill

Mar 16, 2019 to Mar 16, 2019

Saturday, March 16 
10:00 am-12:00 pm

West End Studio Theatre, Portsmouth NH
Instructor: Kathleen Cahill

In this hands-on workshop participants will write with master playwright, Kathleen Cahill who will be at New Hampshire Theatre Project for opening weekend of her play, Charm. Charm explores the life and work of Margaret Fuller, an American journalist, editor, critic, and women's rights advocate associated with the American transcendentalism movement. She became the first editor of the transcendentalist journal The Dial in 1840, before joining the staff of the New York Tribune.

By the time she was in her 30s, Fuller had earned a reputation as “ the best-read person in New England, male or female”, and became the first woman allowed to use the library at Harvard College. Her seminal work, Woman in the Nineteenth Century, was published in 1845 and is considered the first major feminist work in the United States.

The workshop will explore Margaret Fuller's writing, and the challenges she faced during her short life. The session will also cover the notion of who gets to write and what does it take to be a writer. This workshop is open to participants 14 - 25 and is free to attend.

As part of the Travelling Master's program from The Dramatist Guild Foundation Kathleen Cahill will be providing three opportunities while at New Hampshire Theatre Project for the run of Charm, which opens Friday March 15th and runs through March 30th. Traveling Masters is a national education program providing students, professionals, and theatre lovers with free master classes and workshops on the craft of writing. This workshop is offered in partnership with Arts in Reach.

Kathleen Cahill’s awards include three Edgerton Foundation Awards, the Jane Chambers Playwrighting Award, two Connecticut Commission on the Arts Playwrighting Awards, a Massachusetts Artists Foundation Award, a Rockefeller Grant, a National Endowment for the Arts New American Works Grant, and a Drama League Award. Her play Charm (NNPN Showcase) was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; her play The Persian Quarter was nominated for a Steinberg Award.(Both published by Dramatic Publishing.) Her plays include the comedy, Course 86B in the Catalogue (Salt Lake Acting Company) The Still Time (Georgia Rep/ Porchlight Theatre, Chicago) the comedy, Women Who Love Science Too Much (Porchlight Theatre and NPR Radio) Joy Forever (Cleveland Public, Firehouse Theatre, Massachusetts) Charm ( National New Play Network Festival, Salt Lake Acting Company premiere, Kitchen Dog Theatre, Dallas; Orlando Shakespeare; Taffety Punk, Washington D.C. among others) The Persian Quarter ( Salt Lake Acting Company, Merrimack Rep.) Harbur Gate, an NNPN commission. (Salt Lake Acting Company, 16thstreet theatre, Chicago) Upcoming: The Robertassey, (Roberta's odyssey) a comedy about grief, at the Women’s Playwrights Initiative, Ivoryton Playhouse, CT. A new play/dance/romance, Silent Dancer, opens in Spring 2019 at the Salt Lake Acting Company, and later at BStreet Theatre, Sacramento. She wrote the screenplay for the independent feature, Downtown Express. She is Playwright-in-Residence at the Salt Lake Acting Company.

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