Tony Award Winner David H. Hwang on Taking Your Play from Page to Stage (Video)

Hello B&P Family!

Today’s post is dedicated to Glen and Linda — a lovely Christian couple who reached out to Bible & Penn Productions for guidance regarding a Biblically-inspired musical production they are working on. We had a lovely in-depth conversation about where they currently are in their production process and the next steps to move their show forward. When I came across this video of my mentor — Tony Award-Winning playwright David H. Hwang — speaking on the play development process I just had to share it not only with them but with you, too!  In addition to discussing key turning points in moving a play from the page to the stage, he also shares the inspirational journey of how he first entered playwriting and moved from writing “bad plays” to writing award-winning scripts. Hah! In this video, you’ll even catch a glimpse of me in his classroom as a Columbia University second-year MFA Playwriting student. Without further ado, I present to you the wise words of David H. Hwang:

I hope you find David’s message as helpful in video form as it was for me when I was his playwriting student. So much encouragement and wisdom! Playwriting is challenging. It is a long process. It is a grueling process. BUT! It is a rewarding process. Christian playwrights, the world needs the stories God has placed in your heart to tell, and I am here to help you. Feel free to reach out to me via my website contact form. I would love to hear from you. Also, be sure to subscribe to to stay updated on playwriting classes being offered in the future.


Ayvaunn Penn, The Christian Performing Arts Specialist, is the founder of Bible & Penn Productions and the Army of Christian Artists. She is a Christian playwright, composer, and director passionate about creating Bible-based performing arts, providing faith-oriented theatre training, and connecting Christian performing artists across the USA. Click here to join the B&P Army of Christian Artists Registry. Click here to contact Ayvaunn. Click here to follow on Facebook.

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“I’ve Written My Play. How Do I Get It Produced?” Here are 3 Ways (Podcast)

You’ve just finished writing your theatrical masterpiece. You see the vision. Beautiful stage. Immensely talented actors. Gorgeous lighting. A full house of happy patrons dazzled by the fruits of your writing. But…how on earth do you make this happen? How do you make your show a reality? Ladies and gents, The Christian Performing Arts Specialist is here to tell you. Listen to the podcast above to learn three ways you can get your work produced.

To download the podcast above:

  1. Click on the track title in the player above
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  3. From the dropdown, click “Download”
  4. Enjoy on any MP3 playing device whenever you need a little encouragement!
  5. If you can’t see the podcast above, CLICK HERE, and follow steps 2-4.


 Much love,

The Christian Performing Arts Specialist

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What I Learned in the Sepulcher: Keep Answering to Your Name & You Will Rise! (Podcast)

Listen to the podcast above. Listen. Be encouraged, and share with anyone you know who feels hopelessly battered by life as they seek to live in their purpose. To download the podcast above:

  1. Click on the track title “What I Learned in the Sepulcher…” in the player above
  2. Once transported to the audio track at, click on the “More” button beneath the track
  3. From the dropdown, click “Download”
  4. Enjoy whenever you need a little encouragement!



 Much love,

The Christian Performing Arts Specialist

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Register Early & Save! Playwriting 101 Intensive September 2018

With early registration for Zarephath Performing Arts Intensive (ZPAI): Playwriting 101 you can SAVE $50 OFF THE PRICE. Only a limited number of early registration slots are available. Don’t miss your chance to train under award-winning Christian playwright Ayvaunn Penn whose Biblically-inspired piece The Feather Doesn’t Fall Far from the Wing: A Play With Music was featured at the Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre. You will not only learn the key elements of playwriting but put them to practice by writing a play of your own. Learn more about the intensive and how to register below! 

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SEPTEMBER 8, 2018 – OCTOBER 6, 2018


Through lecture, reading assignments, writing workshops, and class discussion this introductory online intensive focuses on the study and practice of dramatic structure as seen in traditional and contemporary playwriting. Each student will write a ten-minute play adapted from a portion of scripture of their choosing. Class participants will discuss their work through group feedback sessions. The successful student will: understand the fundamentals of dramatic structure that can be applied across storytelling mediums and have a draft of a ten-minute play of his or her own creation.

  • Instructor: Ayvaunn Penn, BA, MA, MFA
  • Class Frequency: Once a week on Saturdays 11AM-12:30PM
  • Location: Online only
  • Requirements: You must be 18 years old or older and have a computer, tablet, or phone with internet access. A webcam is preferable so the class can see you, but it is not required.
  • About Your Instructor:

    Ayvaunn Penn — founder of B&P — is a Christian writer, composer, and director passionate about equipping Christian artists with professional-level theatre training, so they can boldly work and advocate for Christ in the theatre industry. Her latest Biblically-inspired piece, The Feather Doesn’t Fall Far from the Wing: A Play with Music, was featured at the Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre.

    In addition to her MA in Theatre from Louisiana Tech University, she earned her MFA in Playwriting at Columbia University where she had the honor of being the School of the Arts Dean’s Fellowship recipient for the playwriting class of 2018. Most recently, she made her directorial debut at  Signature Theatre and has served as assistant director to two-time Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson at the Billie Holiday Theatre and Golden Globe winner Regina Taylor at the Tony Award winning Goodman Theatre.



    B&P’s Zarephath Performing Arts Intensives (ZPAI) offer rigorous training in traditional and contemporary theatre practices lead by performing arts professionals excelling in their craft. The goal of ZPAI is to provide artists with:

    • Professional-level theatre training in acting, dance, directing, and playwriting
    • Insight into the theatre industry
    • Fertile ground to not only grow in their skills and talent but also in spirit
    • Spiritual training and support to help artists be bold advocates for Jesus Christ in a largely secular industry

    ZPAI training is rooted in scripture rather than secular material. For example, some traditional vocal warmups use tongue twisting anecdotes to work the mouth front to back. ZPAI vocal warmups exercise the oral cavity from hard to soft palate, too, while also motivating the actor through witty faith-based sayings. We firmly believe that practicing craft does not have to mean setting aside spirituality. With ZPAI, Christ is at the heart of it all.