Playwright's Forum
& Masterclass Series

Some of the nation’s most notable playwrights join us to share readings of their newest plays and offer a 90-minute workshop designed to guide participants through the various stages of playwriting.

2019-20 SEASON

MasterClasses: 12:30pm. Readings: 3pm



Jaqueline Goldfinger 

Sunday, October 13

Jacqueline Goldfinger is a playwright and dramaturg. She co-Founded The Foundry @ PlayPenn and Curates Page By Page. She is an Affiliated Artist at New Georges and The Lark Playwright’s Center. She is a member of the writers’ labs at The Barrow Group and Azuka Theatre. She won the Yale Drama Prize, Smith Prize, Generations Award, Brown Martin Award, Barrymore Award, and Philadelphia Critics Award. She was a Finalist at the 2018 International Book Awards. Her plays have been developed and/or produced by theaters including: The National Theatre/London, Wilma Theatre, The Kennedy Center, La MaMa, Disquiet/Lisbon, Florida Studio Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare, Kansas City Rep, Perseverance Theatre, Capital Stage Company, The Seattle Public, Manhattan Theatre Works, and the NYC International Fringe Festival. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and represented by Abrams Artists Agency. For more information:  


Christopher Demos-Brown 

Sunday, October 20

Christopher Demos-Brown has written over a dozen full-length plays and screenplays. Honors include the Laurents/Hatcher Award, a Steinberg Citation from The American Theatre Critics Association, and multiple regional theatre honors (including three Carbonell Awards, multiple Silver Palms and the inaugural Berkshire Theatre Award for Outstanding New Work).
Chris credits his career to Theatre Lab’s founder, Lou Tyrell, who produced Chris’s first play, WHEN THE SUN SHONE BRIGHTER. Lou also directed the first workshop of—and was essential in sculpting—Chris’s play, AMERICAN SON, here at Theatre Lab. That play went on to a successful run on Broadway (staring Kerry Washington) and has been adapted as a feature film on Netflix for release this fall.


Patricia Cotter

Sunday, October 27

Patricia Cotter Awards include American Academy of Arts Letters, Richard Rodgers Award, Emmy Award. Plays include: The Daughters will receive its World Premiere by The San Francisco Playhouse in 2019, Rules of Comedy, produced in 2015 Humana Festival of Ten-Minute Plays. Drinking On A Plane in 2018, and The Anthropology Section in 2015 both produced by The Actors Theatre of Louisville’s The Tens, Other plays include: 1980 (Or Why I’m Voting For John Anderson) Chicago’s Jackalope Theatre 2017, Jeff Awards nominee for Best New Play, The Surrogate, winner of the 2016 Susan Glaspell Award, finalist at the 2016 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, produced at Centenary Stage Company, NJ, in 2017, The Break Up Notebook (a GLAAD Award nominee). Musicals (librettist/ adaptations) include Rocket Science: A Musical, received readings at Playwrights Horizons in New York (directed by Kathleen Marshall) and was produced at The Village Theatre, Seattle; The Break Up Notebook: A Musical (based on her play), at The Vineyard Theatre in New York. Patricia is currently in residence as a playwright at the Playwrights Foundation in San Francisco.

Patricia is joining us this year as one of our commissioned playwrights of the Fair Play Initiative.




A Stolowitz

Andrea Stolowitz

Masterclass | October 15th, 12:30-2:00pm
Reading The Berlin Diaries  | Oct 16th, 7:30pm



K Weitzman

Ken Weitzman

Masterclass | October 22nd, 12:30-2:00pm
Reading  Justice is Dead (A Madcap Comedy)   | Oct 23rd, 7:30pm



EM Lewis

E.M. Lewis

Masterclass | October 29th, 12:30-2:00pm
Reading  Apple Season  | Oct 30th, 7:30p




  • Nilo Cruz
  • Vanessa Garcia
  • Tammy Ryan
  • Steven Dietz


  • Deborah Zoe Laufer
  • Michael McKeever
  • Allison Gregory
  • Carter W. Lewis


  • John Guare
  • Ken Weitzman