Writing for Solo Performance

Writing for Solo Performance
with Gretchen Cryer
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Date: Thursday October 17, 11:00AM-2:15PM

One of our most popular workshops returns! Whether your intent is stage performance, a short story, memoir, or novel, this workshop will help you access intense memories and write without censoring yourself. It will allow you to explore and enjoy the satisfaction of writing a first person narrative in the present tense, drawing from your own worlds of experience. The workshop will help you find your story and unlock its emotive potential. And finally, it will help you find your voice as both writer and performer, concluding with a reading of your material with full energy and a fully expressive body.


Gretchen CryerGretchen Cryer is most well known for writing the book and lyrics and starring in I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It On the Road, with music by Nancy Ford. The show was originally produced in New York City By Joseph Papp’s Public Theater followed by a 3-year run at the Circle in the Square. The show subsequently ran a year in Chicago, a year in Los Angeles, had numerous productions around the country and over 100 foreign productions. In Chicago the show won the Joseph Jefferson Award for the Best Musical and Gretchen won the Best Actress Award. The cast album won a Grammy nomination. Gretchen has written numerous other shows with Nancy Ford: Now Is the Time for All Good Men (off-Broadway), The Last Sweet Days of Isaac (Obie Award – Best Musical, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award), Shelter (Broadway – Golden Theater), Hang On to the Good Times (Manhattan Theater Club), The Fabulous Party (Williamstown Theater Festival), The American Girls Revue (American Girl Place – Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles), Circle of Friends (American Girl Place – Chicago and New York) and Anne of Green Gables (Theatreworks, Lortel Theater.) Cryer and Ford have just finished a new show – Still Getting My Act Together. Gretchen has recorded two albums with Nancy Ford for RCA and has starred on Broadway in her own cabaret act. She has performed on and off Broadway and on film. In 1999 Gretchen was the first recipient of the Ed Kleban Award, a grant awarded each year to one librettist and one lyricist considered to be the most promising in their fields. Gretchen is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council and is President of the Dramatists Guild Fund. Gretchen was a Phi Beta Kappa from DePauw University, and she holds a MAT degree from Harvard and an honorary Doctor of Arts from Eastern Michigan University and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Colorado College. She is also the recipient of the Indiana Arts Award from the Governor. She presently teaches a course in creating your own Solo Performance in New York City. Born and raised in Indiana, Gretchen presently lives in New York City and has three children – Jon, Robin, and Shelly – and five grandchildren.