Always, Sometimes, Maybe, Never: Solo Show & Story (Spring 2021)

04/13/2021 - 05/25/2021




  • $299.00  -  General
  • $239.20  -  Early Bird Registration
  • $249.00  -  New Student




Sessions: 7 Tuesdays
Session Dates: April 13, 20, 27
May 4, 11, 18, 25
Session Time: 6:00pm - 9:15pm Central Time


Always, Sometimes, Maybe, Never: Solo Show & Story (Spring 2021)

Apr. 13 - May 25
6:00pm - 9:15pm Central Time

Instructor: Arlene Malinowski

This workshop is designed for storytellers, actors, solo artists and playwrights of all levels – who want to work on the development of a one person show or story for the stage. The class will focus on:

  • Cultivating your unique style and the voice of your story.
  • Rubrics for creating the world of the play. The universal truth, inciting incident and quest.
  • Designing structure, development of plot, characters and techniques to manipulate storyteller/audience relationship. 

This can include work at any stage of development from an idea to a finished piece. Each week offers an opportunity to develop material, class exercises and time to work individually to get personalized coaching with the goal of getting your work in the world. There will be an online class performance which will be held as the eighth session on June 1. I am here to be your cheerleader and vision-keeper. Bring your ideas, an open mind and your sense of adventure.


Arlene Malinowski has been performing and teaching Solo & Story for over 25 years. Her award-winning solo works have been performed both in the US and internationally. She views her solo work as an artistic espresso of her social justice work in the area of Deafness and disability.  Her plays include, A Little Bit Not Normal, Full Disclosure, Aiming for Sainthood, What Does the Sun Sound Like, Interrobang, and Where All of it is True and None of it is Real. Theaters include Victory Gardens, Pritzker Pavilion, 16th Street theater, HBO Workspace, Collaboration, West Coast Ensemble, Minneapolis Arts center, St Louis Center of Contemporary Art and College and Universities. She is the recipient of 3 Arts/UIC fellowship, LA Ovations award, LA Garland Award. Finalist in New Plays from Heartland, semi-finalist Blue Ink award, and the O’Neill.As an actor, she has performed on stages in LA and Chicago including Goodman, 16th Street, Victory Gardens. She has been an Artist in Residence at 16th Street and Quad City. As a storyteller, she has performed all over Chicago & LA. Taught at College of the Canyons, Victory Gardens and Master-classes nationwide. She is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists where she has developed the Solo & Story curriculum.


20% Early Bird Registration Discount Available when students register by March 31, 2021

Classes will be held via Zoom. Instructors will send out Zoom invites one day before class begins. We encourage students to setup a Zoom account for themselves before class if they have not already to ensure when class begins you are able to jump straight into the art!

Sessions/Weekday 7 Tuesdays
Session Dates

April 13, 20, 27
May 4, 11, 18, 25

Time 6:00pm - 9:15pm Central Time

This class is ideal for students with experience ranging from beginner to advanced.

There will be an online Zoom presentation of student work on June 1.