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Writing Deep Dive w/ Anthony Ellison

  • The New Movement 616 Lavaca Street Austin, TX, 78701 United States (map)

Beginning Sunday, August 6th @ 6:30-8:30p (class is 6 weeks)
COST: $200 (class size capped at 12)
Teacher: Anthony Ellison

We will be reading 3 plays: Comedic, Classic, and Contemporary/Absurd.

The first 2 weeks we will read a comedic play and explore humor that is born out of a strong story BEFORE we consider them "jokes" (we may never consider them "jokes" at all). Then each writer will generate some executable ideas inspired by the discussion.

The second 2 weeks we will read a classic/more dramatic piece and prove the universality of story structure living in our DNA. We will honor the complicated web of storylines and deconstruct their simplicity. Then each writer will generate some executable ideas inspired by the discussions.

The third 2 weeks will be spent challenging classic story structure with a contemporary piece outside the realm of protagonist-driven hero's journey. And, you guessed it, each writer will generate some ideas inspired by our discussions.

Writing Deep Dive w/ Anthony Ellison
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Instructor Bio

Anthony Ellison is an writer/teacher/director, internationally produced playwright and recipient of the Scot McPherson Award for writing and development in the 2nd year of his MFA. His plays and sketch revues have received runs & extended runs at CiC (Chicago), Second City (Chicago), Annoyance (Chicago), Drilling Company (NYC), The Grin Theatre (Liverpool), ATC (Chicago) and most recently won Best of Fest for the past two years of Austin's Frontera Fest, commissioned by Scriptworks and Punchkin Repertory Theater.

We begin new classes every few weeks. If this one is sold out or held at an inconvenient time, look for our next class session here.

Our improv and sketch class sessions consist of 8 weekly, 2 hour sessions, and a recital show performed in front of an audience.

New class sessions start all the time; at $225 each for improv, $250 each for sketch. Ideally, students continue in the same time slot from Level 1 onward, but if you need to switch to another time or need more info about our Level 2-Level 5 classes or internships, please contact TNM’s Conservatory Director (Nola –, ATX –

We also offer sketch writing classesteam building workshops for businesses and corporationsweek-long and weekend intensives, and kids and teen comedy classes (NOLA only).

Earlier Event: August 2
LEVEL 1 IMPROV W/ Chadwick Smith