An intensive 10-week program focused on the craft of playwriting and developing new plays.

Class Outline: 

The Robey Playwright's Lab returns for its Fall 2020 session. Led by Resident Dramaturg Dylan Southard, the lab is designed for aspiring writers with works in progress and seeks to address the unique challenges of structure, style, and theme that each play presents as it evolves.  Tailored to the needs of its writers the lab provides a supportive environment where participants can ask questions, find their voice, and continue to experiment with ideas while building their stories.

The work will focus on a re-examination of plays to clarify the more advanced aspects of playwriting: style, tone, premise, etc. Reworked plays will also receive in-house readings by actors when appropriate. Some of these plays will receive a public reading. 

During his tenure with Robey he has served as production dramaturg for The Emperor’s Last Performance by Melvin Ishmael Johnson, Transitions by Kellie Dantzler, The Reckoning by Kimba Henderson,  Pity the Proud Ones by Kurt D. Maxey, and The Wrong Kind of People by George Corbin all developed and produced through Robey’s Playwright's Lab program under his watch.  To see Dylan’s career background, please go to this page.

Classes will be conducted entirely on Zoom, once a week for ten weeks from 10 am-1 pm.  Starting Saturday, September 26, 2020, to November 28, 2020. The total cost for the class is $250. Please check your calendars to ensure the resources and commitment of the Robey Theatre Company and Dylan Southard are used efficiently. It is important that attendance be consistent in order to gain maximum rewards.

To Apply:

 Submit a resume and your writing sample to

Your Writing Sample:

Please include a resume or personal history and a brief statement of what you hope to achieve or what your goal might be by participating. Artists from other disciplines interested in creating theatre pieces are welcome. If you have something you have written that speaks to what you would be working towards please include. Projects may be anywhere along their developmental path. This could be an idea about a story you wish to develop into a play, the beginning of a scene, monologue, or simply a notion for a play or a first draft of a one-act or full-length piece. Your writing sample need not be a finished work; a first draft of your work is fine.

Completion of work for submission at this point is not required. It is a work in progress. We emphasize process over product. What is important is the beginning of your creative process and providing a glimpse for us to reference. Remember the creative process begins with a thought and that thought deserves development.

Class Instructor: Dylan Southard

Please Note:

The total is $250.00. Payment is due before the 1st day of class.
Please make checks payable to The Robey Theatre Company 
and mail to

514 S. Spring Street Los Angeles, CA 90013.



Class Instructor: Ben Guillory

The workshops meet Monday evening. 

Cost: $500.00 ( 50% deposit to reserve seat)

Workshop time is 7-10 PM.

Robey accepts 14 actors per session.

The process begins each session with an orientation. You’ll meet the other actors;  receive scene assignments, scene partners. actors will work out the rehearsal schedule and questions will be answered about scene presentation, etc.



It is extremely important that actors attend the orientation.  Please check your schedule before you make the commitment as it affects others working with you.


Make checks payable to The Robey Theatre Company 514 S. Spring Street Los Angeles, Ca 90013


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The Robey Theatre Company

514 S. Spring Street

3rdFloor Los Angeles, CA  90013

Telephone:  213-489-7402

Hours: 11 am – 5 pm

The Robey Theatre Company is a federally designated 501 (c) 3 Tax Exempt Organization.  All contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law.Please consult your tax professional for relevant information.

Robey Theatre Company is a proud member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American Theatre.