Welcome to T1U…

…As an artist, you give so much to our community. T1U offers one-of-a-kind sessions to put you in proximity to the folks that can challenge you to your best, remind you why you’ve dedicated yourself to the art, and connect you directly to the next stage of your work.

PLAYWRITING TRACK – 11/12 – 12/17 

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Over the span of six weeks, you’ll learn from six of the most in-demand and in-command playwrights.

The track offers twenty-four hours of in depth training split into six, four-hour sessions. Each week a different instructor will bring you through their process and offer a unique, hands on, writing session.Classes will all end with a Q and A with that week’s instructor.

The track runs 11/12 – 12/17 with:

11/12 Christopher Chen
11/19 Mona Monsour
11/26 Dipika Guha
12/3 Dan Hoyle
12/10 Michael Gene Sullivan
12/17 Dan Wolf

Tuition for the full track is $360. Ten slots available.

To apply, please send resume and a short statement of purpose (150 words) to: laura@theatrefirst.com.

You will be notified of acceptance within 72 hours of submission.

  • 11/12 Christopher Chen

    Christopher Chen is a multi-award winning playwright whose honors include: 2017 Obie Award, 2017 Lanford Wilson Award; the 2015-2016 Sundance Institute/Time Warner Foundation Fellowship for theater, the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and Glickman Award. His full-length works have been produced and developed across the United States and abroad. He is currently commissioned with 7 theatre companies across the country. He is the playwright-in-residence at Crowded Fire Theatre Company

  • 11/19 Mona Monsour

    Mona Mansour is an American playwright of Middle Eastern descent. She has been a member of the Public Theatre’s Emerging Writers Group and a Playwright’s Center Core Writer. She is currently a resident playwright at New Dramatists. Mansour often writes about the Middle East, and she has frequently collaborated with English director Mark Wing-Davey. In addition to her theater work, Mansour has written for the television shows Queens Supreme and Dead Like Me.

  • 11/26 Dipika Guha

    Dipika Guha was born in Calcutta and raised in the U.K., Russia, and India.
    Her plays have been produced at theatres across the country including South Coast Rep, Gateway Theatre Vancouver, Theatre 503 London, Kansas City Rep. Recent works includes Azaan, a play written for an orchestra commissioned by Oregon Symphony and In Braunau, for Playwrights Horizons Theatre School (SF Playhouse production). She is the resident playwright at the Playwrights Foundation and part of the inaugural writers group at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. She is currently under commission from Manhattan Theatre Club/Sloan, South Coast Rep, Barrington Stage and New Conservatory Theatre. For television, Dipika writes for Starz, AMC, and Amazon.

  • 12/3 Dan Hoyle


    Dan Hoyle is an actor and writer based in Oakland, CA. His brand of journalistic theater has been hailed as "riveting, funny and poignant" (New York Times) and "hilarious, moving and very necessary" (Salon). His solo shows--which all premiered at The Marsh in his native San Francisco--have toured the country and overseas including The Public Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, Playmakers Repertory Company, The Park in Kolkata, India, the Samuel Beckett Theater in Dublin, Ireland, Taliesin in Swansea, Wales, and Abuja, Bauchi, Calabar, Lagos, and Jos, Nigeria. Hoyle has been recognized with many awards, including the Will Glickman, Prize of Hope, Bay Area Theater Critics Circle, and TBA.

  • 12/10 Michael Gene Sullivan

    Michael Gene Sullivan is an award-winning actor, director, and playwright. As a playwright, Mr. Sullivan's political dramas, musicals, and satires have been performed at the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the International Festival of Verbal Art (Berlin), The Hong Kong Arts Festival, and in Greece, Spain, Columbia, Argentina, Canada, Mexico, and in theaters throughout the United States. In 1989 Mr. Sullivan became a member of the Tony and OBIE award-winning (and despite its misleading name never, ever silent) San Francisco Mime Troupe, where he has written over 30 productions. In 2000 he became the Troupe's Resident Playwright. 1984, his critically-acclaimed stage adaptation of George Orwell's dystopic novel of the oppressive present/future, had its world premiere in 2006 at the Actors' Gang, directed by Academy Award winning actor Tim Robbins. After several extended runs in Los Angeles, 1984 has gone on to several national and international productions.

  • 12/17 Dan Wolf


    Dan Wolf is an actor, rapper, playwright, director, producer and educator. His work crosses artistic and cultural borders to combine conventional theater styles with the themes, language, music, history, politics, and aesthetics of the Hip-Hop generation. Dan is a founding member of the critically acclaimed Hip Hop collective, Felonious. His play “Angry Black White Boy”, based on the novel by Adam Mansbach, premiered at Intersection for the Arts in 2008, ran for 12 sold-out weeks and was named Top Ten Best Theater Plays by the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner. His play “Beatbox: A Raparetta” (co-authored with Tommy Shepherd) has been produced in the Bay Area, at the New York Hip Hop Theater Festival, and in Germany.