Introduction to Playwriting Masterclass with Julia Jordan

Presented in Association With The Dramatists Guild of America, explore the basics of story structure with Julia Jordan, including creating a dynamic story, crafting a strong beginning, middle and end, and looking at playwriting as an art form and a career.

Following the class, Julia will be part of a panel with actors Melissa Gilbert, Timothy Busfield, Ryan McCarten and Guthrie Theater associate producer Lauren Keating from 7:30-8 p.m.



What: Playwrighting Masterclass

When: SundayMarch 12 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Where: Cowles Center, Studio 2B (528, Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN, 55403)

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Julia conceived of and wrote the book and co-lyrics to the original musical MURDER BALLAD, which premiered at Manhattan Theater Club, transferred to the Union Square Theater and is currently playing in Korea, Japan and regionally in the US.   Victoria Hamilton Barritt has just received an Olivier Award nomination for her role in the London production of Murder Ballad. Julia is currently working on the second of a planned trilogy.  The LADYKILLERS BALLAD is being composed by Nathan Larson (Shudder to Think, HBO’s GIRLS).  Other musicals produced in NYC and regionally include; SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL, THE MICE, BERNICE BOBS HER HAIR and CAKE OFF.

Julia’s first play SMOKING LESSON gained her entry to the Juilliard Playwriting Program, led by Marsha Norman and Christopher Durang.  In 2004, she had the unusual luck of having four plays produced in NYC in one season.  They were; ST. SCARLET at the Ontological, TATJANA in COLOR at the Culture Project, BOY at Primary Stages (starring TR Knight), and an adaptation of the children’s story SUMMER OF THE SWANS at TheaterworksUSA.  In 2006, DARK YELLOW was produced by Michael Imperioli at Studio Dante and starred Elias Koteas.  The play was then adapted into a 45 min film with John Hawkes and won best short at the Jackson Hole Film Festival.  She wrote and directed another short film, THE HAT, which premiered at Sundance and was shown on Bravo throughout the following year. Other works for children include; GUITAR at LaJolla Playhouse with music by Duncan Sheik and an adaptation of WALK TWO MOONS, TheaterworksUSA.

Julia is currently working on commissions from Playwrights Horizons, MTC and South Coast Rep.

Musical theater prizes include the Kleban and Jonathan Larson Awards.  Playwriting awards include the Francesca Primus Prize, Lucille Lortel Playwriting Fellowship, Manhattan Theater Club Fellowship, Jonathan Larson Award, Heideman Award for her short play entitled MPLS./ST.PAUL, two LeComte Nouy Awards, ATandT Onstage Award, The American Spirit Award.  She was shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn award three times and awarded an honorable mention for BOY.  TATJANA IN COLOR was included in The Best Plays by Women series published by Smith and Kraus. Her plays have been developed at The O’Neill, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Playwrights Center and Sundance.

Julia is one of the founders and the Vice President of The Lilly Awards Foundation, which celebrates and advocates for women in theater.  She is co-creator of the National Count, and the Family Residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm and holds the office of the Treasurer of the Dramatists Guild of America.