New Workshop Proposals being considered

Please propose a workshop that you believe would have an audience and which you are qualified to run.

If we can find two people we know who will take it for free, we will entertain offering it to a general audience at our theater at a fitting price.

Please send proposals to

Last Workshop series

The Horse Trade Playwriting Workshop brought together a playwright cohort that worked together to develop and polish completed full length drafts of plays. The workshop sessions were designed to clarify storytelling, develop craft, and provide resources for professional playwright development. Each playwright had the opportunity to receive feedback from professional dramaturges and directors, submit revisions for critique, and use writing tactics that strategically develop their scripts.

Horse Trade's Spring 2013 Playwriting Workshop
2nd Saturdays 12-3pm February - June 2013
The Red Room NYC
Registration for Horse Trade's spring 2013 playwriting workshop CLOSES January 25!
Call 212-777-6088 Monday-Friday 10am-4pm with a credit card ready to reserve your spot.
Space is limited to NINE participants and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The full tuition amount of $450 is due at registration.
Our past participants continue to be produced in New York and around the country, including Boomerang Theatre's The First Flight New Play Festival, The Avant Garde Festival, and Thespian Productions.

Saturday, February 9
Constructive Critique
Facilitators: Heidi Grumelot, artistic director HT Presents & Pia Wilson, playwright (The Public's EWG)

We will discuss the rules of constructive and effective critique, then break into groups and critique each other's work.

Saturday, March 9
Literary Managers & Submissions
Guest speaker: Abigail Katz, Literary Manager of The Atlantic Theater

Guest speakers working as literary managers of noted theatre companies will come to share how to successfully submit plays. The literary managers will assist with copy-editing your work and make suggestions for putting your best foot forward with submissions.

Saturday, April 13
The Role of the Dramaturg
Guest Speakers: John Baker, Literary Manager of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company & Ellen Joffred, Columbia University MFA Dramaturgy

A professional dramaturg will explain how a dramaturg works with playwrights and facilitate critique of your work.

Saturday, May 11
Directing New Work
Directors: Christopher Diercksen (We Might Be Giants and The Seagull with Lunar Energy Productions) & Artem Yatsunov (resident director of StrangeDog Theatre Co)

Directors will discuss how they approach new scripts and will discuss your work with you, in preparation to direct a staged reading of an excerpt of your play.

Saturday, June 8
Staged Readings
Excerpts of your work, featuring The Drafts acting ensemble, will be presented in a reading open to the public; one excerpt will be selected for a full-length staged reading in summer 2013.

Carmen Betancourt a native of South America has lived in NYC most of her life. Her current plays consist of The Musician in the Maid’s Room, Oasis, Pola, Burial Grounds,Render Unto God, Edge of the Jungle, Their Wings were Blue (Performed in the ’06 NY Fringe and ICWP Her-rah Festival). Her play,Penny Candy was performed at the LaGuardia Community College Playwrights festival, Queens theatre in the Park, and various other NY venues, and received honorable mention at the 13 St. Rep New Works of Merit competition. She is a member of DG, TRU, ICWP and NALAC.
Joseph P. Krawczyk Writing plays since my early twenties, I’ve had staged readings, workshop productions, equity-approved showcases, and an Off-Broadway production. As a documentary filmmaker, I have worked with talents such as William Shatner, Eli Wallach, and James Whitmore. My work has garnered awards from the New York Film and Video Festival, Houston International Film Festival, The Chicago Film Festival, and a Tri-State award for the Best United Way video. I am especially proud of The Gift of Time, a documentary on volunteerism, which was shown at the White House in 1990, as well asLiberty’s Light, documenting the centennial of the Statue of Liberty. I am also a member of the Dramatists Guild.
Judah Skoff was recently named winner of the 2012 New Jersey Playwright's Contest for his play A MATTER OF DREAMS which will have a world premiere production at the Hunziker Black Box Theatre on the campus of William Patterson University this April. Other awards include the National Playwriting Competition, sponsored by Young Playwright's Inc., and two New Jersey Governor's Awards in the Arts for creative writing and playwriting. Judah's plays have been performed at theatres and festivals around the country including, the Abingdon Theatre, the Producer's Club, the State Theatre of New Jersey, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, The Salon, The Theatre-Studio, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, New York University, Pace University, and elsewhere. Judah was a participating artist at Backyart, a multi-disciplinary artist's showcase in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, were excerpts of his play TREMBLE were produced. Judah has been a finalist in such competitions as the Hamilton Fringe Festival's International Playwriting Competition, the New Century Writer's Awards, the American Renegade Theatre's National Playwriting Competition, and the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary One-Act Play Contest. Judah's writing has been published in Red Ochre Lit and Red River Review. Judah graduated from Brown University where studied English and playwriting.
Martin Lentz is a Philadelphia based playwright with degrees from Ursinus College and Georgetown Law. He has served on a merchant vessel at sea and in the paratroops in addition to practicing law. His first play--"The Recruiter" ( of which no script survives) was produced at Ft. Bragg North Carolina. More recently a staged reading of his drama "Zone Two" was produced by the Creative Livingroom in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. Other plays in his portfolio include "Brothers of the Cloth"; "House Arrest"; "Expiration"; "Music Lessons";"Peace & Love";"Reunion"; "Fame"; and "Homecoming". Memberships: Dramatists Guild of America; The Philadelphia Dramatists Center (PDC) and the PDC Writers Circle.
Richard Zinober I was born in New York City and grew up in Queens and on Long Island. I received an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. Currently I live in western Minnesota and teach at Minnesota State University Moorhead.
My plays have been produced at Trinity and All Saints College in Leeds, England, Pepperdine University, the Minneapolis Fringe Festival, the Newport Performing Arts Center in Oregon and the Muddy Creek Players Festival of New Plays in Monroe, New York. My fiction has been published in The Literary Review, Inscape, Sundog: The Southeast Review, New Voices and Intro 11.
Terence Patrick Hughes’ plays include LINES with the Horse Trade Theatre Group, Finding the Rooster and A Muse in Manhattan with the 13th St. Repertory Theatre, and the award-winning Farewell Evenbrook at Theatre Row. The playwright is currently crafting a ten-play cycle entitledThe Trials of Oscar the Great. The cycle’s most recent play, The Kiss of Caiaphas, was developed at the Lark Theatre and was a Finalist for both the 2011 Centre Stage New Play Festival and the Ashland New Play Festival. Hughes, his wife, and two children share their time in New York City and Woodstock, NY.