Work With Me

School Visits

I'm available for school visits, either local to Phoenix or around the country. I love speaking to English classes, theatre groups and creative writing clubs. As a professional playwright, I can provide a fascinating, real-world perspective on the writing life.

Here are just some of the topics I can speak on:
  • Careers in Writing
  • A Playwright's Journey, or 48 Years to Overnight Success
  • Five Ways to Punch Up Your Writing
  • Writing the 10-Minute Play (includes workshop)
  • The Hero's Journey, or Why Star Wars and Legally Blonde Are Really the Same Movie
Or I can tailor something specific to your specific needs.

I charge $600 for a full day of classes. Travel and accommodations are extra. If this is too steep for your school, contact me. We'll get creative. A school in Kansas once put me up in an apartment (inside a seed warehouse!) that was donated by one of the parents. I'm flexible!

Commissions

As a playwright, one of the most fulfilling things I do is work with schools to develop new plays that meet their specific needs. Rates are $1000 for a one-act play (30 to 59 minutes) or $2000 for a full-length play (60 to 90 minutes).

You specify the cast size, setting, time period, theme--pretty much anything that's important to you! You'll have frequent opportunities to read and offer feedback on early drafts of the script. And you get exclusive rights to perform the world premiere. My only requirement is that I keep all rights to the play after the premiere.

Of course, if the play gets published, your production will get world premiere credit in the script!

Zoom Sessions

I can also do Zoom sessions, either to field questions from students or to watch and comment on rehearsals. The first half hour is free for schools or theater groups that are performing my plays. Additional sessions are available for $25 a half hour.

Quotes from Satisfied Customers

"Words cannot express the gratitude I feel for the experience you gave our students at FLHS today. I KNOW you had a great impact on the students. The workshop was wonderful. Thanks for taking the time and being a part of our students' lives." - Connie Garcia, Drama Teacher, Fort Lupton High School, Fort Lupton, CO

"Todd, we are immensely grateful that you could come to Leoti, KS, for this event, spending one day with our middle/high school students, and rehearsal with the cast. We learned so much, and we know you sparked a creative light in more than a few students. Thank you for this once in a lifetime experience, keep on writing those zany words, and we will look forward to doing this again!" - Janelle Downs, Director, Wichita County Arts Alliance, Leoti, KS.

"Mr. Wallinger's visit was a highlight of the year. He provided valuable real-world insights into the playwriting world in an entertaining and inspirational way. The students were highly involved and benefited greatly from his first-hand knowledge." - Jim Patrick, Drama Teacher, Pine Crest School, Fort Lauderdale, FL

For more info on any of these opportunities, please send me an email by clicking here. Thank you.