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Writer's Workshop: The 10-Minute Play

This interactive workshop is limited to 8 participants, and will include individualized writing prompts, opportunities to hear your work aloud, guided feedback, and support in polishing one (or more!) short plays. It is open to experienced playwrights who want to jumpstart a new piece, and to theatre fans who have always dreamt of writing a play.

Session 1:​ January 14 - February 11

Thursdays, 7pm - 8:30pm

Session 2: February 18 - March 18

Thursdays, 7pm - 8:30pm

This program is offered on a pay-what-you-wish basis.

Please support at whatever level is comfortable.

Meet the Instructors

Session 1: Jenny Lyn Bader


Jenny Lyn Bader is a playwright living in New York City. Luna Stage audiences saw the 2019 world premiere of her play Mrs. Stern Wanders the Prussian State Library and the 2020 virtual premiere of her short play My First Time (Voting Writes). Her plays include Equally Divine (14th St. Y), In Flight (Turn to Flesh Productions), and None of the Above (New Georges). One-acts include Worldness (Humana Festival of New American Plays), Miss America (NY Int’l Fringe Festival/”Best of Fringe” selection), CEO (Acronym Plays/Urban Stages), and Anniversary Season (Mona Bismarck Center, Paris). A Harvard graduate, she has received the “Best Documentary One-Woman Show” Award (United Solo Festival); Athena Writes Fellowship; Lark Playwriting Fellowship; and the O’Neill Center’s Edith Oliver Award for a playwright who has, in the spirit of the late New Yorker critic, “a caustic wit that deflates the ego but does not unduly damage the human spirit.” For This Is Not a Theatre Company, she wrote International Local: 7 (Subway Plays app); co-authored Café Play (Cornelia St. Café); co-wrote Play in Your Bathtub: An Immersive Audio Spa; and wrote Guru of Touch (Edinburgh Festival Fringe). Eighteen of her short works have been published in "Best 10-minute play" book series and one was featured in Writing The 10-Minute Play (Limelight).  Her work has also been published by Dramatists Play Service, Applause, Vintage, W.W. Norton, The Lincoln Center Theater Review, and The New York Times, where she served as a frequent contributor to the "Week in Review.” Her recent short plays include The Door Was Open, published in Plays International + Europe, Autumn 2020 edition; Beta Testing, published in The Best New 10-Minute Plays 2020 (Applause); Meanwhile at the Pentagon, in Best New 10-Minute Plays 2021 (Applause, forthcoming); and Inauguration, in She Persisted (Applause, forthcoming).  She belongs to the Dramatists Guild, the Authors Guild, the League of Professional Theatre Women, and Honor Roll. For more see

Session 2: Nandita Shenoy


Nandita Shenoy is a New York-based writer-actor.  Her Rage Play was recently named to the Kilroys List 2020.   Her Washer/Dryer has been produced multiple times nationally after its world premier at LA’s East West Players and an Off-Broadway production in which she also starred.  Her first full-length, Lyme Park: An Austonian Romance of an Indian Nature, was produced by the Hegira in Washington, DC.  Her one-acts have been produced in New York City and regionally.  Nandita won the 2014 Father Hamblin Award in Playwriting.   Her acting credits range from dancing on national tours to Shakespeare festivals to world premieres of new plays by emerging playwrights.    She is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, the dtfwaw, the Dramatists Guild, Actors Equity Association, and SAG/AFTRA.  Nandita holds a BA in English literature from Yale University.