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Spotlight On Playwriting


Spotlight is now offering a limited series of playwriting classes that will help you grow and understand the craft of writing plays and musicals.

  • TUITION: $25 per class
  • Taking any of the classes allows the participant free entry into Spotlight Youth Theatre’s 2024-2025 Playfest student playwriting contest!
  • Space is limited – Register today!

SYT’s “Spotlight On Playwriting” workshops are made possible through partial funding by the City of Phoenix Flash Grants Program.


April 13, 2024 • 10 – 11:30 AM

This is a hand-on beginner’s class in playwriting. Students will learn the basic elements of character development, storytelling, structure, and dialogue. No playwriting experience required.


April 20, 2024 • 10 – 11:30 AM

This is an advanced playwriting class for anyone wanting to gain playwriting experience. Topics include: genres, plots and storylines, character development, and act and scene breakdowns.


April 27, 2024 • 10 – 11:30 AM

In this class students will explore the art and craft of writing ten-minute plays, including finding the right story, developing characters in essential strokes, condensing plot and action, and landing a “moment.”

Click here to register for Spotlight Youth Theatre’s “Spotlight On Playwriting” classes.

For more information, please call (602) 843-8318.


John Perovich is a playwright, with 30 plays being produced and performed. He is also an educator, dramaturg, and theatre maker in Phoenix, Arizona.

Mr. Perovich is the Southwest Regional Representative for Dramatists Guild of America, facilitating a free and open monthly writers’ group—Phoenix Dramatists Workshop.

Perovich was the founding Artistic Director of Now & Then Creative Company, whose mission focused on the “now”—new play development and productions of new works, while also celebrating the “then”—classics for the stage.

Mr. Perovich has instructed playwriting for over ten years as an adjunct instructor at Stockton University, Arizona State University, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, and Phoenix College. Mr. Perovich’s students have written plays that have been selected for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and other national festivals and conferences. Mr. Perovich is currently the Head of School at Metropolitan Arts Institute, a grades 7-12 public arts charter school, where he also instructs Creative Writing.

Perovich earned his B.A. in Communications: Radio/TV/Film from Rowan University, M.A. in Educational Theatre from New York University, and his M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Arizona State University.