Finding the Truth of Your Characters

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Jonatha Brooke
Week 10: August 11 to August 16
ORIENTATION: August 11, 6:00-7:30 PM
WORKSHOP: August 12-16, 9am-12pm
Discipline: Playwriting
Open to All

On-site Housing Not Available
Workshop Description 

This workshop is part of the Women Playwrights Series.

Develop your play or solo show. In this generative workshop, we will discuss character and story. Learn how and where to push into your story and deepen it. Find the truth of the characters in your piece through various exercises, including dialoguing. Gain practice in writing scenes through prompts and in-class exercises, and receive feedback through workshop discussion. Learn the skills to tell your own story.


Jonatha Brooke has been writing songs, making records and touring since the early 90's. After four major label releases, she started her own independent label, Bad Dog Records in 1999, and has since released nine more albums – including the companion CD to her critically acclaimed, one woman, Off-Broadway show My Mother Has Four Noses.

In 2014, Ms. Brooke debuted My Mother Has Four Noses, at the Duke Theater on 42nd Street, in NYC. The show ran for 3 months, to rave reviews, and was a critics’ pick in the NY Times and Time Out Magazine. She has performed “4 Noses” at People’s Light in Malvern, PA; The Cleveland Playhouse; The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis; The Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis; The Little Rock, Arkansas ACANSA Festival; Philly Fringe Fest; The Warner Theater in Torrington, CT; and in 2018, a month-long run at the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis.

Jonatha has also written three musicals: Hopper and Death and Venice with Anton Dudley (premiered at Adelphi University and Hangar theater respectively); Quadroon, with the late legendary jazz pianist/composer Joe Sample (premiered at The Ensemble Theater in Houston, TX); and she’s currently working on Switched with playwright Geoffrey Nauffts.

Jonatha has co-written songs with Katy Perry and The Courtyard Hounds. She's also written for four Disney films, numerous television shows, and she composed and performed the theme song for Joss Whedon's Dollhouse.

Jonatha released an EP of new songs in April of 2019, titled, Imposter. She is touring nationally and internationally in support of it, teaching workshops along the way. Jonatha was also the recipient of a McKnight Artist Fellowship Grant for 2018.