Open to anyone


Put pen to paper! Playwrights will delve into dramatic structures as they explore building characters, creating and writing into conflict, and crafting moments of dramatic tension, and will finish a 10-minute play. Begin, brush up, or finesse your writing skills in this playwriting course! Culminates in an evening of readings for an invited audience. All experience levels are welcome.

Class Begins

September 21, 2021

Your instructor

Bella Poynton

BELLA POYNTON is a playwright, director, and theatre scholar from Buffalo, NY. She was a Regional Playwriting Resident at Road Less Traveled Productions in 2016, and is the director of Queen City Playwrights, Buffalo’s New Play Development Workshop for area writers. Bella's plays have been produced and developed at New World Stages, The Bechdel Group, MadLab Theatre, Quantum Dragon Theatre, Alleyway Theatre, Looking Glass Theatre, The Great Plains Theatre Festival, The Pittsburgh New Works Festival, Road Less Traveled Productions, 3rd Act Theatre Company, Otherworld Theatre Company, and Post-Industrial Productions. Bella has been a finalist for the Christopher Brian Wolk Playwriting Award, the Heideman Award, the Woodward/Newman Drama Award, the Sam French OOB Festival, and the Maxim Mazumdar Playwriting Competition.

Recently, Bella’s short play The Offer was published in The Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2019 (Smith & Krauss) and her play Eleven Thing that Almost Happened to Rick and Hannah, and One thing that Actually Did is included in The Best American Short Plays 2018-2019 (Applause Publishing). Bella is a co-editor of Interventions at Contemporary Theatre Review, the literary manager of Post-Industrial Productions, and the Graduate Liaison for the Mid America Theatre Festival’s Playwriting Symposium. Bella holds a BFA in Acting from Boston University, an MFA in Playwriting from The Iowa Playwrights Workshop and is currently PhD candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies at SUNY Buffalo. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Humanities at Medaille College.


Classes meet at the Alleyway Theatre and will be held in one of our classrooms or rehearsal halls. Your instructor will let you know where to meet on the first day and what to bring.

September 21 - November 16, 2021

Tuesdays (except Nov. 2nd) 6:30 - 8:30 pm