Exploring Kentucky Playwrights

Bill McCann

Bill McCann, Jr. is a playwright, producer and college writing teacher. Bill holds a MEd from the University of Virginia and an MA in Theatre from the University of Kentucky. In 2009, Bill helped found the Kentucky Playwrights Workshop, Inc., a 501(c)3 public charity, whose sole purpose is to help and encourage playwrights and play writing in Kentucky; he is currently serving the organization as president. He is also an Associate Member of the Dramatist Guild of America. Since 2012, Bill has served on the board of directors of the Kentucky Theatre Association and served as the contest coordinator for the Roots of the Bluegrass New Play Contest. Finally, for the past two summers Bill has produced the Kentucky New Play Series (KNPS) at the Kentucky State Fair; so far the KNPS has premiered five short plays by Kentucky playwrights. During the academic year he teaches developmental English classes for Bluegrass Community and Technical College at both the Cooper and Winchester campuses; Bill also works as BCTC’s online writing tutor. In addition to teaching, Bill mentors playwrights ranging in age from high school to senior adults. See our mentoring page for more information.

  • Venue:
    Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
  • Time:
    10:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Addl Info:

    This class meets on Saturdays, October 14-28.

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  • Meets On:
        Saturdays, October 14 - October 28
  • Address:
    251 West Second St.
    Lexington, KY, 40507
  • Cost:
    $30/season; $10/class

With Bill McCann.

A revival of Chicago: The Musical has been running for more than 20 years in NYC. The play is based on a play of the same name by Kentucky playwright Maurine Dallas Watkins — born in Louisville and a graduate of Transylvania. We will read the plays together in class. Recommended books: Chicago: With the Chicago Tribune Articles that Inspired It (ISBN-13 978-0809321292) and the script for Chicago: The Musical by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse (1976).