Playwriting I


  • Turn your unique ideas into plays
  • Create dialogue through improvisation
  • Discover how to create tension
  • Learn how to create dynamic characters
  • Build conflict in your plot

Maximum of 10 Students - meets 6 sessions
Tuition: $225
Duration: 2 hours


Meet the Teacher

Lee Nowell

Lee Nowell

Playwright Lee Nowell is a veteran of Hedgerow Theatre, America’s oldest resident repertory theatre company, where she trained to be a director with Obie award winner, Lou Lippa. After two seasons at Hedgerow, she was nominated for the New York Drama League’s Directors Lab.

She was co-artistic director of her own theatre, Metropolitan Theatre Alliance, and currently serves on the advisory board of the Essential Theatre. She has adjudicated plays for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council and has served as a judge for The Governor's Honors Program. An award-winning playwright, Ms. Nowell's work has been presented at Actor’s Express (Albatross, Paper House, Obsession), Theatre in the Square (Urban Fairytale), Horizon Theatre (Blue Angels Weekend), 7Stages (Preacher from the Black Lagoon, The Commission), Ex Somnium at The Big House (How to Survive Being Human), and Play West (The Commission, Blue Angels Weekend), in addition to her commission for Synchronicity (Beyond Reasonable Doubt: The Troy Davis Project.)

Ms. Nowell was commissioned, with Edgar award-winning author Phillip DePoy, to adapt a play from the novel, Pot Liquor. Urban Fairytale and Preacher from the Black Lagoon were also collaborations with Phillip DePoy.

She is the recipient of two Inverness Playwriting Awards, three Turner New Voices in the Works Grants, two NEA Grants, and has been nominated for The List, a Jennie Award, two Suzi Bass Awards, Best Play of the Year by Atlanta Theatre Fans, Top Ten Productions of the Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and an NEA Distinguished New Play Development Award.

She attended Kenyon College, where she graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in drama. In 2015, she was recruited to be the new Managing Director and Artistic Associate at Synchronicity Theatre. Ms. Nowell is also in the vanguard of the burgeoning Salon Theatre movement in Atlanta.

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