$300 – $375

DGI FALL 2019: Artist as CEO (Online)

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"The instructors were well prepared, knowledgeable, and helpful. I couldn't ask for anything better." -DGI student

Did you think your job was done when you finished writing your play or musical? Think again. The Artist as CEO will open your eyes to tools essential for taking control of your career, from the smallest details of your development as a writer, to the bigger business and legal principles every writer should be aware of.

The first six weeks of the course will be devoted to topics about career development tips (with topics including proper formatting of your play, drafting cover letters/bios/resumes/synopses, how to use social media, and more) and the next six weeks will cover business and legal standards and principles relevant to the theater industry (copyright, contract basics, authorial compensation, and more). When you are finished with The Artist as CEO, you will have as much confidence in your understanding of the nuts and bolts of being a writer as you already do in your talent.

When you register for The Artist as CEO, you are automatically enrolled in all twelve weeks.

This course is for students who:

  • Want to gain more agency over their own career as writers;
  • Want to enhance their understanding of the business and legal aspects of theatre;
  • Want to hone their self-promotion skills, particularly in the context of creating resumes and show synopses.

During this course, students will:

  • Analyze industry contracts with the help of DG staff lawyers;
  • Refine their resume writing and synposis writing skills;
  • Discuss the dos and don'ts of the theatre business.

At the end of the semester, students will have learned:

  • How to navigate the promotional and legal parts of the theatre industry;
  • How to apply their newly acquired understanding of the business to their own career moves as writers.


Instructors: Tari Stratton, David Faux, Roland Tec, special guests
Meeting time: Wednesdays, 8pm - 9:30pm EDT
Fee: $300 (DG members) $375 (non-members)
Duration: 12 weeks
Start Date: September 11, 2019 (Please note that there will be no class on Wednesday, November 27)
Limit: 20 Students

Please note: If you are applying for the DGI Certificate in Dramatic Writing, please register now to reserve your place in this class. If you are admitted to the certificate program, these tuition fees will be deducted from the overall cost of the program.

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