The Kilroys Class: Teen Edition! is an opportunity for teens to take a deep dive into the Kilroys List, a curated selection of new plays by women, trans, and non-binary playwrights.
About the Class
What to Expect
New works from the Kilroys List will be paired with an “established” play to stimulate conversation about themes and develop a better understanding of the U.S. theater landscape. In each class, the group will read an entire play out loud together, taking on roles to practice acting and public speaking skills in a supportive environment. Students will get the opportunity to play characters their age, experiment with characters they would not normally play, and have fun in an ensemble environment.
This class is a way to practice text analysis, strengthen reading and public speaking skills, discover new contemporary playwrights, and meet fellow actors/artists in a non-competitive environment.
All classes will be closed captioned.
Who is this class for?
This class is for teens ages 15-19 who enjoy theater! No previous experience is required. For students looking toward a career in theater or preparing for college, previous participants have said that this class has better prepared them for their college-level coursework.
Individual sessions are Pay What You Choose, for as little as $0. Our suggested donation is $30 per class session. No one will be turned away for lack of funds!
Sundays: April 11, 18, 25 & May 2, 9
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. PT
As there will be supplemental reading between sessions that will deepen your experience with each class and the class discussions will build on each other, we recommend attending as many class sessions as possible.
This class will read plays that include mature themes, including profanity, violence, sexuality, and interpersonal and systematic oppression.
Week 1: Lynn Nottage, Sweat Week 2: Lauren Yee, Hookman Week 3: MJ Kaufman, Sagittarius Ponderosa Week 4: In class script development with Annalisa Dias and Grace McLeod Week 5: Dipika Guha, Yoga Play
Full Class Reading List
Supplemental reading: Caryl Churchill, Far Away
Supplemental reading: Watch Hedwig and the Angry Inch; Listen to "Intermission Song" from A Strange Loop
Supplemental reading: select pages of Annalisa Dias' 4380 Nights and Grace McLeod's Herland
Supplemental reading: Vickie Ramirez, Pure Native
Week 1: Lynn Nottage, Sweat
Week 2: Lauren Yee, Hookman
Week 3: MJ Kaufman, Sagittarius Ponderosa
Week 4: In class script development with Annalisa Dias and Grace McLeod
Week 5: Dipika Guha, Yoga Play
Meet the Teaching Artist
Erin Murray has been a teaching artist for over 10 years with four years of teaching focused on the works of The Kilroy's List. She has taught courses for Northwestern University, Dublin's Opera Theatre Company, Youth Theatre Northwest, and Seattle Shakespeare Company. Erin's 15-year freelance directing career has spanned across the Northern Hemisphere. She directed the Irish Premiere of Hedwig and the Angry Inch in 2005 which won Best Production at the Speigeltent. In 2012, she was the executive producer on the world premiere of Ariel Zetina's Pink Milk: A Magical Tragedy Loosely Based on the Life of Alan Turing at New York International Fringe Festival and Chicago Fringe. Additional directing credits include Anne Washburn's The Internationalist (Steppenwolf Garage), Scott Kaiser's Shakespeare's Other Women (Island Shakespeare Festival, world premiere), Suzanne Heathcote's I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn't Even Smile (Redtwist, Chicago Premiere), the Seattle premiere of Annie Baker's John (ArtsWest, Seattle Premiere), Jaclyn Backhaus' You On the Moors Now (Seattle University), Jaclyn Backhaus' Men on Boats (Youth Theatre Northwest), and Jen Silverman's The Moors (Forward Flux, salon); Erin assisted Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro on the world premiere productions of Tracy Letts' Three Sisters and Mary Page Marlowe for Steppenwolf Theatre. Erin will direct her Kilroy’s List-awarded adaptation of Edmund Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac featuring a trans/non-binary actor in the titular role for the 2021 Island Shakespeare Festival. Erin earned her MFA in Theatre Directing from Northwestern University, and BA in Drama and Theatre Studies from Trinity College Dublin. ErinMurrayDirect.com.
The teens learn a lot on many levels because they are being exposed to new stories as well as understanding analysis for the first time.
“The teens learn a lot on many levels because they are being exposed to new stories as well as understanding analysis for the first time. Most actors do not have an opportunity to interact with each other over a text outside of a rehearsal process or a competitive audition environment after their undergraduate classes and they revel the opportunity. It's a great way to look at the foundational voices of American theater away from the usual white male playwrights while appreciating how contemporary writers are standing on the shoulders of (or defying) those who came before in style and/or content.”—Erin Murray, Kilroys Class: Teen Edition Teaching Artist
"Erin Murray's [Kilroys Class] is an essential source for understanding contemporary American Theater."
“[Erin's class] was soul-nourishing. It breathed new life into my quarantine."
Emma Blessing in Well (2017). Photo by Alan Alabastro.