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46 Merchant St
Honolulu, HI, 96813
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808-536-4441

Classes & Auditions

Money will make you famous; Television will make you rich; But theatre will make you good."
–Terrence Mann

Writer's Workshop with Playwright Susan Soon He Stanton

Charisma Industries

WHAT: One Evening Playwriting Intensive with playwright Susan Soon He Stanton
WHERE: Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant Street
WHEN: Tuesday, January 14, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
COST: $35 for the class.
INFO: 536-4441, kumukahua.org


For one night only, Kumu Kahua Theatre presents a workshop with nationally recognized, Hawai‘i local playwright, Susan Soon He Stanton.

The evening will consist of two parts:

Art of Playwriting Bootcamp
Intended to demystify the playwriting process, this Bootcamp is open to all: theater lovers and writers on all levels. Whether you are ready to take your first leap into playwriting or are a seasoned writer, you can hone your skills with this intensive 3-hour workshop that will focus on writing exercises and the elements of playwriting. Bring a laptop and/or writing materials and be prepared to write.

From Start to Finish
How does a great idea become a great play? We will focus on the process of writing a play: the search for inspiration, the role of research, the secrets of craft, the art of rewriting, and strategies for marketing a finished play. This part is for anyone who has ever wanted to write a play or who has already written one and wants to develop it further.

Susan Soon He Stanton is a local playwright and screenwriter now living in New York City. Her plays have been produced or developed at theaters around the country including New York’s Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Kennedy Center, Clubbed Thumb, SoHo Rep, Southern Rep, and Lark Play Development Center. Local plays include Whatever Happened to John Boy Kihano? and The Art of Preservation at Kumu Kahua and Navigator at Honolulu Theatre for Youth. Susan holds a BFA from the NYU Tisch Dramatic Writing program and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

Space in this class is limited; reserve yours by emailing kumukahuatheatreom@gmail.com or by calling 808-536-4222.


The mission of Kumu Kahua Theatre is to provide theatrical opportunities for the expression of local community lifestyles, whether contemporary or historical; to stage locally written plays set in Hawai‘i or dealing with some aspect of the Hawaiian experience of residents; to provide training and theatrical experiences for local playwrights, directors, performers and other theatrical artists; and to develop an increasingly large audience sensitive to plays and theatre pieces dealing specifically and truthfully with local subject matter.

Kumu Kahua productions are supported in part by The Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai‘i and by the National Endowment for the Arts. Also paid for in part by the taxpayers of the City & County of Honolulu; the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts; The Annenberg Foundation, McInerny Foundation (Bank of Hawai‘i, Trustee); Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI) Charitable Foundation and Hawaiian Electric Company; The Star Advertiser and other Foundations, Businesses and Patrons.