Writing Your One-Act Play

Danny Rocco
Saturdays 8/15, 8/22, 8/29 & 9/12 @ 2:00pm - 4:00pm PT

Sold Out - Waitlist Available

So, you’ve been writing screenplays for a while now, and you’re pretty comfortable with it. You know all the ins and outs, the rises and falls, and both the good and the bad. Everything’s great, until you realize: you haven’t had a real challenge that’s made you flex your writing muscles in a while. Well, look no further, because Roadmap Writers is thrilled to invite you to try your hand at playwriting!

Why playwriting? Besides being another creative way to get your work out there, you’ll have to strip your writing down to just the raw elements and really dive into your characters. After all, all a play needs is an actor and an audience.

You will be walked through fleshing out your concept, developing the plot, layering your characters and writing your full one-act play! This class is filled with weekly assignments, assigned reading, and interactive writing workshops. 

This Five-Week Class Will Cover:

  • Crafting compelling and engaging dialogue 
  • Creating strong scene structure
  • The six elements of dramatic writing and how to put them to work for your script 
  • How to build dramatic tension 
  • Feedback on your one-act play 
About Your Host

Danny Rocco (Mitarotondo)’s plays have been developed and produced in New York, Los Angeles, Cape Cod, Colorado, Romania, at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and most recently at the Irondale Theater Center. Danny is a Yaddo resident artist, an Edward F. Albee Fellow, a graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School, and Columbia University’s School of the Arts with an MFA in playwriting. He has taught at Fort Lewis College, the Atlantic Acting School and was a lecturer at the City College of New York. He is the Artistic Director of Brontosaurus Haircut Productions, and the co-creator of the Score Technique of playwriting. His play What The Sparrow Said is being made into a movie under the direction of Tim Guinee, executive produced by Anson Mount (@SparrowTheMovie) and he was most recently the storywriter for The Golden Spiral on Twitch.tv.

What To Expect

Immediately after registering, you will receive an Order Confirmation email that serves as the receipt for your registration. In the Order Summary section of this email you will find a link reading "CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS" that will take you to your syllabus, instructions for submitting material (if any), and the link to join the Live Class. Sessions are conducted via video conferencing software ZOOM. You will receive a link to the recording of the session via email following the live session.

Payment Plans

Payment plans are available for most multi-week classes. For 4-week programs, your balance will be due the second week of class. For longer programs, the balance will be broken up into 3 or 4 payments with the final payment due prior to the final week of class. Please note that you are responsible for the full price of the class even if you decide not to complete the program for any reason.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel for a full refund up to 72 hrs. prior to the start of the class. Cancellations requested after this deadline will be ineligible for refunds.


If you have any questions at all about this class, email our Director of Education Alexandra Davies at alex@roadmapwriters.com!


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