Friday, January 10, 8pm

in the Founder’s Theater

Open the the Live Arts Community . 60 seats

Guest Panel evolving:

  • Megan Monaghan Rivas.  Associate Professor of Dramaturgy at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama
  • Tlaloc Rivas.  Assistant Professor of Directing, U of Iowa’s Department of Theater Arts and working playwright
  • Julie Hamberg.  Artistic Director, Live Arts

Theater is a collaborative art form with the playwright often standing as the instigating force in new work.  How can the playwright, director, dramaturg, and other collaborators work most profitably together?  What are some concrete ways a playwright can get the most out of the new play development process and rehearsal for production?


Free to volunteers (who have volunteered 15 hours in the last 3 months or will commit to doing so in the next three month) / Pay-What-You-Will for non-volunteers



Saturday, January 11 . 10am – 4:30pm

Sessions Leaders:

  • Megan Monaghan Rivas.  Associate Professor of Dramaturgy at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama
  • Tlaloc Rivas.  Assistant Professor of Directing, U of Iowa’s Department of Theatre Arts and working playwright

Session One .

10am-12 noon

“How to Write and Craft Multi-Character Scenes”

We’ll dig into the challenges and rewards of writing for multiple characters through three progressive writing exercises.  You’ll learn hands-on techniques for crafting your scenes from two new play development specialists.  Bring your favorite writing instrument, be it paper or computer, and be ready to write.




Session Two.


“Work it Out”

Read and discuss the scenes crafted in Session One.


Session Three.

2:30 – 4:30

“Burning Questions Answered”

We’ll ask participants on Friday night and Saturday morning to write up questions you’d like to tackle at this final session.  Now’s the time to ask professionals working the field things like: how do I write a good query letter?; does “structure” really matter?; how can metaphor manifest in my script?; and more…


To reserve your seat, email Volunteer.   Seating is limited.

Free to volunteers (who have volunteered 15 hours in the last 3 months or will commit to doing so in the next three month) / $25 for non-volunteers.




Megan Monaghan Rivas

Megan Monaghan Rivas 10-13


Tlaloc Rivas



Julie Hamberg



Megan Monaghan Rivas is a professional dramaturg and Associate Professor of Dramaturgy at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. She served as literary manager of South Coast Repertory Theatre, where she co-produced the Pacific Playwrights Festival and co-edited the anthology Plays from the Pacific Playwrights Festival.  She led the literary departments of the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta and Frontera @ Hyde Park Theatre in Austin, TX, and oversaw the artistic programming for playwrights at the Lark Play Development Center in New York City and The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. Her freelance work has included such organizations as the New Harmony Project, the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Actors Express Theatre, Horizon Theatre, and Shakespeare Festival St. Louis.

Megan has taught playwriting, dramatic literature, theatre history, acting, and voice and speech at the University of Iowa, Indiana State University, the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University, St. Louis University, and the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She has a BA from Emory University and an MFA in Directing from the University of Texas at Austin. Her professional affiliations include LMDA, ATHE, and NoPassport. Megan was the recipient of the Elliott Hayes Prize in Dramaturgy, and used it as a model to create the student dramaturgy program for the Kennedy Center – American College Theatre Festival.

Tlaloc Rivas is a stage director, writer, and theatre-maker primarily interested in developing new plays that engage in a cross-cultural dialogue as well as reinventing the classics for the contemporary stage. With extensive experience in both, he has shown an adept hand in creating visceral, thoughtful, and socially relevant productions.

Tlaloc recently directed the Midwest premiere of Quiara Alegria Hudes’ Water by the Spoonful, recipient of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, at the University of Iowa. His next production is the Southeast premiere of Mariela in the Desert by Karen Zacarias for Aurora Theatre’s Teatro del Sol (April 10-27, 2014).

Current writing projects include: Johanna, a new play inspired by true events surrounding the Latina/o community in Cleveland (more information coming soon); and the 1st of a cycle of Chicano history plays entitled The Classroom.

In addition to his freelance work, Tlaloc is on the faculty at the University of Iowa’s Department of Theatre Arts as Assistant Professor of Directing – and with that appointment became the first Chicano to teach directing at a NAST-accredited theatre program in the United States. He teaches both M.F.A. and Undergraduate courses in Directing and related subjects.

Recent credits include directing new work at the New Harmony Project and the Iowa New Playwrights Festival. He also directed the world premiere of The New World for the inaugural Shakespeare in the Streets, an adaptation of The Tempest (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, April 2012). The production was awarded “Most Ambitious Production” of 2012 by the St. Louis Post-Tribune. 

In 2008, Tlaloc was named “Person of the Year” by He is also the recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors and a Drama League Fellowship in Assistant Directing. He is also a Usual Suspect for New York Theater Workshop.

Tlaloc graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz – where he received the Regents Presidential Award, Chancellor’s Honors and Dean of the Arts Award. He received his MFA in Directing from the University of Washington’s School of Drama.

Julie Hamberg, Artistic Director of Live Arts, is a director, producer, and arts manager.  New work being one of her passions, she has brought over 75 original works to the stage.  Her most recent directing credits include Live Arts’ Galas 2012 and 2013; In The Next Room Or The Vibrator Play (Live Arts); and, the regional premiere of Christopher Shinn’s Dying City (Southern Rep).

Julie has developed fresh new voices with companies in NYC such as The Public Theatre/NYSF, New Georges, Circle Rep, the Actors Studio, the Peculiar Works Project, Abingdon Theatre, and the Drama League, as well as many off-off-Broadway theatres.

She has helped champion the playwright while serving as Interim Producing Director at Southern Rep in New Orleans and as Associate Artistic Director at Vital Theatre in NYC.

She trained at the venerable Off-Broadway Circle Repertory Company, studying playwriting and dramaturgy with Milan Stitt (head of Yale School of Drama and Carnegie Mellon MFA Playwriting programs.).

Julie is a Drama League Fellow, an associate member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, and was an inaugural member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab.

Workshops are FREE for active volunteers and $25 for the public






Workshop Dates

January 10th & 11th