Dialogue: A Creative Writing Workshop with Mary Hall Surface

  • About the Artist

    Mary Hall Surface is a playwright, director and teaching artist who presents writing workshops through the Smithsonian Associates, Phillips Collection, and National Gallery of Art.  She is the founding instructor of the NGA’s popular Writing Salon, as featured in The Washington Post. A nine-time Helen Hayes Award nominee, including four for the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play, she received the 2002 Outstanding Director of a Musical for her Perseus Bayou. Her plays have been produced across the US, Europe, Japan, Taiwan and Canada, including eighteen Kennedy Center productions. She is the proud founding artistic director of the Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival, where she curated over 600 all-arts performances and events from 2009–2015.

  • Dialogue: A Creative Writing Workshop

    Explore the process of imagining and crafting dialogue in this interactive online workshop. Designed for both art lovers and writers of all levels, this workshop invites you to step into the characters of Mary Cassatt’s The Boating Party and discover what might be spoken and unspoken among them. Designed for groups of 2–24, this 60-minute online session is ideal for a writing group, a book club or friends and family to gather in a creative space. Time will be arranged after purchase.

    Mary Cassatt. The Boating Party. 1893/1894.  Chester Dale Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.



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