Playwriting

WITH LINETTA ALEXANDER ISLAM AND AMBER REGAN

Weekly artist workshop to share and receive feedback on a specific piece of work which will move from idea to final draft over the course of the month.

  • Participants from the development phase will be assigned a day to produce 10-20 min of the piece to show off their work at a staged reading with a PWYW audience in April.

  • Sunstone Studios will facilitate a conversation with the audience to collect feedback for the playwrights.

  • If deemed ready, a class participant may be selected to co- produce their entire piece at a staged reading for an PWYW audience in April.

Class Dates:

  • Saturdays 4:00-6:30pm for six weeks, March 5th to April 9th, 2022.

Cost:

  • $265 for six-week class

SPACE IS LIMITED!

Sunstone Studios believes price should never be a barrier. Fill out the Micro-Grant application if you want to receive more information about financial assistance programs.

MEET THE INSTRUCTORS

LINETTA ALEXANDER ISLAM

Linetta Davis is a playwright, actor and educator based in Milwaukee. Her first play, A Black Woman’s Burden: Her Journey from Pain to Freedom, is a choreopoem which presents four archetypes of modern day women who struggle with their relationships and self-worth while seeking restoration and renewal from childhood sexual abuse. The Shepherd Express compared Linetta’s work to that of Ntozake Shange’s, stating, “The slam-style mid-to-late ‘90’s spoken word style of Ntozake Shange’s stage drama is mirrored in the work of Milwaukee playwright/poet Linetta Davis.” Spanning genres, Davis has also written a romantic comedy, I Used to Love Him (2012), and a tragedy, The End of Hope (2013), as well as a memoir, Honey and Vinegar (2010), chronicling her cathartic writing experience as she grieved the death of her father. Davis is also director and founder of Rebirth Ink LLC, a firm specializing in publication, consulting, and productions. Linetta has sat as a guest panelist for Truth to Reconciling: “The Hidden Impact of Segregation”. Marquette University, was a featured speaker, SWAN Day MKE: “Women & Nature”. Urban Ecology Center and Guest Panelist, 80th Anniversary of “Their Eyes Were Watching God”. She has created and implemented community events to promote family literacy, Co-founded the Milwaukee Chapter of S.I.M.S.A., a rites of passage program for African American Girls, a member of The Table: A 1st Century style community in the 21st century, and most recently, directed and produced a virtual excerpt reading of her play, “The End of Hope”, a tragedy that confronts childhood abuse, domestic violence, and the need for trauma informed care.

Other Projects with Sunstone Studios:

AMBER REGAN

Artistic Director and Founder of Sunstone Studios, a small theater with a big heart located in Downtown Milwaukee's theater district, Amber Regan has successfully partnered real-life experiences with artistic expression. Classically trained at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Gately/Poole Acting Studio, The Actors Movement Studio under Loyd Williamson, and one very interesting semester at Ringling Brothers, Amber has made performance an essential piece of her life. A multi-faceted woman being, she has also written children's books, charter applications, grant applications, short stories, memoirs, and plays. Besides managing a family of fantastic humans, Amber is challenged and excited by her newest creation, Sunstone Studios, an artistic, welcoming, and nurturing homebase for all of Milwaukee.