Schedule: Mondays (7:00pm-9:00pm)
Class Dates: Mar 10, 17, 24, 31, Apr 7, 14, and 21.
There will also be an additional TBD date for a showcase of student work after the final class. 

You’ve got your basic story: the once upon a time through the happily ever after. Now it’s time to think of how you want that tale to unfold in space and time. Most stories are told in a chronological, linear way because story structure is chronological and linear. Story structure and play structure are two different things, and play structure isn’t one size fits all. A particular play structure can serve to emphasize and augment different aspects of your play, whether story driven, theme driven, character driven, or something else.

The primary focus of the class will be advancing your current project through sharing and discussion of scenes from your work-in-progress. In addition, through selected readings and focused writing exercises, we’ll tour a variety of existing play structures, as well as trying to find the structure that best houses the story you are telling.

This intermediate class is the perfect opportunity to make headway on that play in progress, or jump into writing your next one.   


Ages 18 and older. Maximum of 12 participants.

To register, please click the "Buy Tickets" tab, click "March 10" on the calendar, and select the 7:00pm time 

Stephanie TimmStephanie Timm is a playwright and teacher living in Seattle.  Her newest play Tails of Wasps will premiere with New Century Theatre Company in April 2014, and was nominated for the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She recently adapted Ramayana for ACT Theatre’s 2012 mainstage season, with playwright Yussef el Guindi. Her play Sweet Nothing: A Grim (Fairy)tale, produced by Macha Monkey, was nominated for a Gregory Award in 2012 for Best New Play. It was previously developed at Lark New Play Development Center and Kennedy Center. Her play On the Nature of Dust, produced by New Century Theatre Company, developed by Portland Center Stage and Icicle Creek/ACT, was nominated for a Best New Play Gregory Award in 2010. Stephanie was playwright in residence at ACT Theatre 2010-2011 where she wrote her commissioned play Rats in the Garden of Eden. Stephanie is a member of Seattle Repertory Theatre’s invited Writers’ Group, The 5th Avenue Theatre’s invited Writers’ Group, company playwright and affiliate artist with New Century Theatre Company, and also a member of ACT’s Affiliate Artist Working Group. Stephanie wrote the book for The 5th Avenue Theatre’s Rosie the Riveter! Her play Crumbs Are Also Bread was just published in Rain City’s Manifesto Series, edited by Steven Dietz. She wrote the script for Frankenocchio: The Adventures of a Divine Boy Toy, created by puppeteer Brian Kooser. Her plays have also been produced and developed at Theatre B, Washington Ensemble Theatre, Elements Theatre Collective, Barnyard Theatre, Looking Glass Theatre, Live Girls Theatre, and Boots Up Theatre Company, among others. She is the recipient of an Artist Trust GAP Grant and three-time finalist for the Heideman Award at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. She currently teaches playwriting at Cornish College of the Arts and ACT Theatre.