Course | From Page to Stage: The Philadelphia Theater Season [In Progress]

Date / Time

  • September 21, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • October 19, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • November 16, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • December 14, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • January 25, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States


  • Tuition for this course is $250. Students will be encouraged to see the productions, but not required. Theater tickets are not included in tuition.
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In the full course, we’ll read and learn about five plays—all different types, all of major importance—that are being performed on stage in Philadelphia this season. This will give us a chance to interpret the work and then interpret the production (not necessarily in that order).  Each meeting will begin with a short lecture providing background and context, followed by a film clip, followed by conversation. Single class sessions may be purchased for specific shows. See schedule below. 

Tuition does not cover costs of tickets to the shows.  We will coordinate dates to attend the performances, but participants can attend the performances on alternate dates if they choose.  Students are responsible for paying for their own tickets, but when possible we will negotiate group discount rates.


Syllabus From Page to Stage

About the Instructor

Toby Zinman, recently retired Professor of English at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, was a Fulbright professor at Tel Aviv University and a visiting professor in China; she publishes widely and lectures internationally on American drama; her fifth book, Replay: Classic Modern Drama Reimagined, was recently published by Methuen in London, and an essay, “Visions of Tragedy in Contemporary American Drama,” was published earlier this year.

Zinman is also the chief theatre critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer where she reviews New York and London as well as Philadelphia. She was named by American Theatre magazine, “one of the twelve most influential critics in America.”

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PHOTO CREDIT The Ensemble in Lantern Theater’s MEASURE FOR MEASURE (2019). Photo by Mark Garvin.