the
playground

A Pop-up Academy
for the Performing Arts

Storytelling

5 Weeks 10 Workshops 12 Teachers 3 Shows

Get your act together
at The Playground
A Pop-up Academy for the Performing Arts

The Playground is a month-long, multi-discipline performing arts intensive which culminates in a weekend of performances.
A dozen top-notch teaching artists have been enlisted to offer 10 hands-on, material-developing workshops that explore the intersection of performance and writing; playwriting, storytelling, improvisation, movement, songwriting, comedy and lots more.
Participants at all experience levels are encouraged to deep dive into the whole mind-boggling festival (more than 30 hours of workshops), but are welcome to dip their toe in one workshop at a time.
Workshops run Monday and Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:30 Sept. 30 to Oct. 29
Performances November 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.
Unsure person with microphone
You’ve always wanted to tell a story at one of those storytelling events BUT you don’t even know how to get started.
You retired last year and promised yourself you’d try all the things you never tried when you were working, BUT inertia took hold and now you worry you’re too old to learn new tricks.
Person in Bed
Person staring at keyboard
You have an idea for a play BUT that blinking cursor freaks you out.
Writing is no biggie for you, after all you write for a living. In fact, now that writing is your job it’s not sparking joy anymore. What you really want is to have some fun. You’ve been curious about [whispering] improv, BUT you worry you aren’t funny or quick or thick-skinned enough, and where would you even go, how would you even get started, what if your friends found out?
Person dreaming of fun
You have an itch that Netflix can’t scratch...
You used to be creative until you started having kids...
You gotta do something because that office job is killing you...
Person Unsure
...BUT where do you go,
who do you work with,
how would you even get started?!

Don’t let your BIG BUT get in the way!

We created The Playground just for you.

What to expect at the playground...
We designed The Playground to help you play and explore in a supportive and fun environment, while sampling from a wide variety of overlapping and intersecting disciplines.
Whether you take all ten workshops, focus on one thread, or just dip your toe into a single class, you’ll walk away with new tools, new friends, and new content.
Want to write a play? Okay!
Want to develop a solo show? Let’s go!
Want to do improv? No prob’!
Whether you’re a novice or an old-hand, these experimental workshops, led by a diverse group of teaching artists, each with their own area of expertise, will meet you where you are and provide you with inspiration, collaboration, and accountability.
And the lightning-fast, 5 week turn-around, from inception to production will help you get the ball rolling and keep the ball rolling.

Do you usually quit on yourself?
We won’t let you.

Do you always judge yourself before you even get started?
We can help.

Do you have zero idea where to start?
We’ve got tricks!

Do you want to play, but this whole thing
—5 weeks, 10 workshops— is just too much for you?

That’s okay too. Just peruse our menu of workshops and order a la carte.

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          Limitless Options to Enroll

          We wanted to make this intensive as flexible as possible for you.

          Full Program

          Early Bird Special
          $250

          Ready for the full experience?
          Purchase all ten workshops.

          Full Program
          $25/workshop

          Half Program

          Starting at
          $175

          Just interested in writing or improv?
          Purchase 5 or more workshops.

          Half Program
          $35/workshop

          Mix and Match

          $40 / Workshop

          Not sure you want the full experience?
          Want to pick just one or two workshops?

          Mix and Match
          $40/workshop

          Contact Us

          We are in Phoenix near the Grand Avenue Arts District
          on 18th Avenue just south of McDowell.
          1524 N. 18th Ave.Phoenix, AZ 85007