UnCharted: Teen Writers Intensive

The Program

Do you have a story to tell? We think you do! By the end of your five days at UnCharted, you’ll have written a play and seen it read by actors for a live audience!

UnCharted is a five day writing workshop focused on developing script writing skills through the frame of a ten-minute play. You will work through the writing process step-by-step from start to finish with a team of experienced writers and teachers who will develop a piece concurrently using the same framework as the students. The class will cover how to generate ideas, develop characters, structure a story, work with images and themes, write dialogue, and how to give and take constructive feedback. In addition, you’ll be introduced to industry-standard script writing software and hear about the business first hand from established writers from theater and film/TV.

We love to teach writing to writers, and we hope to see you there!

At the end of the course:

  • Students will have a solid understanding of the theater and playwright industry
  • By the end of this week-long intensive, each student will have developed a ten-minute long play with guidance from the faculty.
  • These short plays will be presented at a reading for an audience of their peers, family, and friends on the evening of the final day of the workshop.

Where: Fairfield Museum

When: July 17th-21st, 2017

Time: 10am-5pm


Online applications are now open!

There is a rolling admission so apply soon, availability is limited!


$300 for all five days of the program.

On admission to the program, a confirmation email will be sent to you with information on how to pay for the course.

Teacher Bios

Jess Kaufman is a dramaturg and theatre and performance artist focused on collaboratively created performance for families. Acting credits include Dear Edwina(Off-Broadway), ‘Swonderful (1st Nat’l Tour) and many regional productions and workshops. Creator/performer credits include Martha and the Event Horizon (Camden People’s Theatre, Camden Fringe – UK), Here We Come Together (Camden People’s Theatre, SPRINT Festival – UK) and seven original musicals for families including Snowed In for Chanukah. She is currently co-book writing a musical adaptation of Hereville, adapting Mathilda and the Orange Balloon with The Deaf & Hearing Ensemble (UK), and developing a performance intervention at the Mexican border in 2018 with artist Ana Diaz (MX). Her academic writing has been published in Theatre and Performance Design, and she co-edited a 2017 special issue of Connection Science on Embodied Cognition, Acting and Performance. BFA University of Miami, MA Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. www.jesskaufman.net

Robby Sandler is a playwright and lyricist in New York City. He is currently adapting Barry Deutsch’s Hereville graphic novels for the stage with Jess Kaufman and Clay Zambo. He is a member of the BMI Musical Theater Writing Advanced Workshop, an alumnus of the University of Miami and a constant musical theater scholar. He owns over 1,000 cast albums and is prepared to talk in depth about almost all of them. www.robbysandler.com

Un-Charted: Teen Writers Intensive Application

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