Master Class Series
An inside view of the creative process,
from masters of the craft, in an intimate setting.
Recent Master Class history
CONVERSATION with Jean-Claude van Itallie
Angelina Fiordellisi interviewed Jean-Claude van Itallie: form-breaking author of the landmark 1960's anti-Vietnam War trilogy America Hurrah, early Caffe Cino and LaMama playwright, and director of The Shantigar Foundation for Arts & Meditation.
Playwright Panel featuring Sheila Callaghan, Migdalia Cruz, Sarah Einspanier, and Paola Lázaro
Designing Women Panel featuring Dede Ayite, Jill BC Du Boff, Peggy Eisenhauer, Caite Hevner, and Porsche McGovern
Cherry Lane School 2016
STEPHEN ADLY GUIRGIS
DAVID HENRY HWANG
JEAN CLAUDE VAN ITALLIE
About Master Class Series
The Master Class series enhances Cherry Lane's mission to serve emerging as well as established talent within Cherry Lane’s community of artists. In our intimate, historic setting, we offer Master Class participants focused contact with distinguished artists in discussions that range from the challenges of the artistic process and production, to navigating professional partnerships, to the moment that inspired their commitment to working in theatre.
The program began in 2000 when Edward Albee agreed to take part in a question-and-answer session about his writing process. The event was so successful that he agreed to return the following year for an expanded session that included playwrights Alfred Uhry, Craig Lucas, David Henry Hwang, Marsha Norman and A.R. Gurney.
Since the program’s conception, the Master Class Series has engaged the most exciting, legendary and iconic artists working in theatre today. Together they hold twelve Pulitzer Prizes, thirty-five Tony awards, and twenty-one Obie awards. They include Edward Albee, David Auburn, Amiri Baraka, Lee Blessing, Ed Bullins, Kia Corthron, Gretchen Cryer, Tyne Daly, George DiCenzo, Jules Feiffer, Charles Fuller, A.R. Gurney, Israel Horovitz, Tina Howe, David Henry Hwang, Arthur Kopit, Arthur Laurents, David Lindsay-Abaire, Craig Lucas, Eduardo Machado, Emily Mann, Terrence McNally, Charles Mee, Marsha Norman, Lynn Nottage, Harold Prince, Theresa Rebeck, Sam Shepard, Alfred Uhry, Wendy Wasserstein, and Michael Weller.
The Master Class series is in step with Cherry Lane’s unwavering commitment to giving a voice and stage to both emerging and established playwrights, and serves as a companion piece to Cherry Lane’s groundbreaking Mentor Project, which each year pairs a young writer with a storied writer in the development, writing and production of a new work at Cherry Lane.