Cassandra Medley is a playwright and teacher.
Her recently produced plays include: American Slavery Project (NYC), Cell (Molelo Theater, CA, and Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon 2011, NYC), Daughter (Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon 2009, NYC), Noon Day Sun (Diverse City Theatre Company, NYC), and Relativity, a commission from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYC).
Ms. Medley has the received the 2004 “Going to the River Writers” Life Achievement Award, the 2002 Ensemble Studio Theatre 25th Anniversary Award for Theatre Excellence, the 2001 Theatrefest Regional Playwriting Award for Best Play, the 1995 New Professional Theatre Award, and the 1995 Marilyn Simpson Award. She was a 1989 finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award in Playwriting, and won the 1990 National Endowment for the Arts Playwright Award. She was the 1986 recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Grant and received a New York State Council on the Arts Grant in 1987.
She teaches playwriting at Sarah Lawrence College, has taught at New York University, and has also served as guest artist at Columbia University, the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop and Seattle University.
Ms. Medley worked as a staff writer for ABC Television on One Life to Live from 1995-97.
She is a playwright member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre, New River Dramatists, and the Dramatists Guild.
Creative writing coaching and feedback sessions are conducted by way of online video media
“You canʼt wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club”
- Jack London
"Cassandra Medley, teaching for the "SPARC PROJECT" - Richmond, Virginia, 2017.
$50.00/half hour session
for first 60 pages of reading draft material. $0.50 for each additional page.
Manuscript Analysis Session:
$15.00/15 min. for additional session time
Have an idea for a play, screenplay, prose, or creative non-fiction piece you have always yearned to write, but never seem to get around to actually putting the words down? Do you have trouble returning to your writing project once your enthusiasm and confidence seem to melt away?
Award-winning playwright Cassandra Medley offers The Writers' Gym for aspiring and/or practicing writers.
My writing prompts will help guide you to initiate the fiction project you have always wanted to begin, or help you continue and finally complete the writing project you are in the process of creating.
Writers Gym's specialized writing exercises will be tailored to your own specific needs, and will help you transform your writers block into active, and consistent writing practice.
Cassandra Medley leads a playwriting course
Find inspiration and guidance for developing and fleshing out distinctive, compelling characters. Explore, investigate, and gain access to your spontaneous ideas and visions so as to discover ever more forceful and persuasive story lines.
Start that writing project you are yearning to write, and follow through stages of exploration, development, revision, and completed draft!
"I've been writing for 30 years and have had many teachers, but Cass is the first one to really be able to help me find the things I'm looking for. Her intelligence, compassion and patience, coupled with a high-quality working experience has vastly improved how I write. She gets me to open up and do things that I wasn't able to do before. Consistent, reliable, insightful, if you need support in writing a difficult personal memoir, like I am writing, Cass should be your steady companion for the perilous journey." - Jay Gibson, memoir writer
“Cassandra Medley has successfully mentored university students both at Sarah Lawrence College, and for the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Drew University’s Playwriting Festival, which I produce. I’ve observed the profound impact Cassandra has on student playwrights. Her insights not only help refine, clarify, and elevate their plays, but also influence their grown as playwrights and theater artists. Cassandra has been an asset to my work and the work of many others.”
Director Drew University
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