Ian Trutt

Ian T.

Marietta, GA
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Levels taught:
Intermediate, Advanced
This course is designed for intermediate and advanced level students. If you are interested in a beginner's course in screenwriting, I highly recommend my creative writing program, geared towards understanding basic principles of writing.

Intermediate and advanced students will write and send in pages of their script. We will use our time as a workshop for delivering feedback and further developing a work-in-progress.

IMPORTANT NOTE: I accept my students regardless of gender, religion, sexuality, or race.

About Ian T.

Ian is currently obtaining an MFA in screenwriting from UGA under the mentorship of Holly Sorensen ("Step Up: High Water") and Christine Swanson ("Chicago PD"), alongside classmates including John Strauss ("There's Something About Mary") and Neil Landau ("Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead").

Ian began writing plays in high school and carried his passion into college, where he directed his own adaptation of Neil Gaiman's novel "Stardust" for Starving Artist Productions. In 2015, he was a Young Playwrights Festival resident at Horizon Theatre and graduated from Emory University with honors in playwriting for his published thesis project, "Somewhere In Between."

Ian is currently the Managing Director of The Theatere, where his professional premiere was met with full houses. With the Theatere, he has also produced "What Comes to Light," a supernatural radio drama, and "A Monday Like Any Other in the Bermuda Triangle," a three-woman, environmentally-staged show.

His podcast "What Are Your Thoughts On..." is set to premiere in Spring 2019.

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Kris
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<3 <3 <3

Posted May 28, 2019
Aisha
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it was fine. thx.

Posted May 28, 2019
Mike
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Best playwriting teacher!! So rare to find on here and more rare to find someone knowledgeable and easy to talk to.

Posted Apr 30, 2019
BGS
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good

Posted Apr 24, 2019
Angela
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I know nothing about acting! Ian was very kind and patient. I like to think I’m not quite so bad now! LOL

Posted Apr 24, 2019
Kelly
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SO GOOD at going through basics and not being condescending. My school doesn’t have a screenwriting program beyond a general film class. I am so glad to have this experience. Thanks again!

Posted Apr 11, 2019
Dijon
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Great man with great thoughts. My script is 100 times better for it. Do yourself and favor and sign up. I’ll be back for sure.

Posted Apr 3, 2019
Phillip
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very friendly and patient with a newbie

Posted Apr 2, 2019
DDW
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Lifesaver for my business goals

Posted Mar 6, 2019
JACK
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Not too many writing instructors on here and glad with my choice. Ian started with basics and helped me figure out what types of writing interest me. Will definitely take lessons again.

Posted Mar 5, 2019
Tara
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I was worried about taking acting lessons online, but it was best for my schedule and WOW! Ian really made it work. He's a professional and funny young man and a pleasure to work with.

Posted Mar 2, 2019
Cece
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A+++

Posted Feb 18, 2019
Jimmy
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Knowledgeable and friendly. Would recommend.

Posted Feb 11, 2019
Gigi
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LOVE!! 10/10

Posted Jan 24, 2019
Ilsa M.
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Very friendly. Very trustworthy. 100% recommend for anyone with or without an acting background. He makes it all very approachable!

Posted Jan 17, 2019
Grant
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The dude knows his stuff! I'm a filmmaker but definitely more director than writer. Ian was very insightful and worked with my strengths to help me polish a script.

Posted Jan 8, 2019
Courtney
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Great instructor. Very organized, very insightful. 9/10

Posted Dec 13, 2018
Blake
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I am a novelist and wanted to adapt my book to sell it as a film instead of just selling the rights and having someone else write the movie. With Ian's help, I was able to effectively target not only what parts needed to translated to film but also how to do so. A sharp young man and very patient with my struggles with technology!

Posted Dec 6, 2018
Rebecca W.
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Ian has been A++ in helping me prepare for my acting final! We worked on motivations and playing to a theme and refining some of my blocking. Would def recommend!

Posted Dec 5, 2018
Amir
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very good teacher. would recommend.

Posted Nov 27, 2018
Taylor
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AWESOME! I'm taking a beginner screenwriting course at my college but have only written two plays before and nothing for film. We went over the basics and did sort of a writing boot camp. Now we're workshopping my final project for the semester and I couldn't be happier! Good sense of humor and patient advisor.

Posted Nov 15, 2018
Marissa
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SO MUCH FUN! I'm an English major, but I've always wanted to try playwriting. We don't have any courses at my school, so I asked Ian to guide me through the process. It turned out great, and I used it as a final project in my fiction class.

Posted Nov 8, 2018
AJ
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Smart dude. Helped my son (high school senior) with his AP essays and noticeably boosted his grades. Thanks!

Posted Nov 8, 2018
Kate
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I've always been interested in creative writing. I'm used to fiction and poetry but had never tried playwriting. Ian did a great job of not only showing me the basics but also how to apply and adapt poetry and fiction into theatre. DEFINITELY recommend asking about adaptation if that interests you! Ian is funny and friendly and very insightful.

Posted Oct 26, 2018
Pax
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Had an idea but I didnt know how to get it down on the page... Ian was very helpful in teaching structure and plot and how to find these points in my story. Would recommend!

Posted Oct 24, 2018
Nicholas
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very funny and relaxed dude. Ian put a lot of things into context for me, like explaining similarities between Shakespeare & Childish Gambino. who knew? lol

I worked w/ Ian before he joined this site but am happy to write a review. great for newbies or like college freshmen who need a confidence boost!

Posted Oct 6, 2018
The Theatere
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Ian has been consistent with his involvement in our company since the beginning, showcasing his writing, directing, and occasionally acting abilities. We feel confident that anyone involved with our productions will feel equally comfortable providing a glowing review of our AD!

Posted Oct 6, 2018
Maddie
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As an actress, I’ve always wanted to dabble in screenwriting, but never knew how to begin! Ian was so knowledgeable and encouraging. He helped me begin to really flesh out some ideas that had been bouncing around in my head for awhile. After working with him, I now have a solid understanding of creating natural and creative plot arcs, dynamic characters, and succinct scenes. Ian is wonderful and I highly recommend him to anyone interested in pursuing writing of any kind!

Posted Sep 26, 2018
Samantha
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I was very very new to acting, and Ian was more than patient with me. I had reservations about acting via webcam, but I never felt like my class suffered for it. By the way, I got an A- on my scene, so thanks for the help!

Posted Sep 26, 2018
Emma
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Ian was very helpful in working w/ me on my script. I had an idea of what I wanted, and we outlined and thought about the story and characters before I even started writing. Definitely in a better place with my script now! Only "complaint" is that sometimes one class a week isn't enough and I wish we had more time.

Posted Sep 26, 2018
Andrew
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Working with Ian taught me the ins and outs of a story and how characters interact in a realistic manner.

Posted Sep 26, 2018
Alex
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Ian has helped me with numerous creative writing projects for school and personal work. In my creative writing class he helped hone my ideas and give me more background on the structure of my short story. He also copy edited all of my papers and essays. Now that I am out of school he has helped me with a few small personal projects and also has done some copy editing for my website and creative blurbs. He is a great teacher/tutor.

Posted Sep 26, 2018

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Experience

Writer and Editor
Aug 2016 - Present

The English Island

Ghostwriting services, manuscript editing, screenplay treatments, etc.

Education

Narrative Media Writing
Aug 2017 - Present

UGA

Playwriting
Aug 2011 - May 2015

Emory University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Young Playwrights Festival Winner
Jun 2015

Horizon Theatre

Cum Laude
May 2015

Emory University

Affiliations

Omicron Delta Kappa
Jan 2015
Omicron Delta Kappa was founded on Dec. 3, 1914 on the campus of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. The Society was founded by a group of 15 students and faculty who believed that leadership at the collegiate level should be recognized and encouraged across all phases of campus life. This general principle—that scholarship alone couldn’t predict success, and that other intrinsic qualities had value too—became known as the OΔK Idea.
Alpha Psi Omega
Nov 2013
Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society (ΑΨΩ) is an American recognition honor society for participants in collegiate theatre. The Alpha Cast was founded at Fairmont State College (now Fairmont State University) by Prof. Paul F. Opp
International Thespian Society
Jan 2010
The International Thespian Society (ITS) is the Educational Theatre Association’s student honorary organization. ITS recognizes the achievements of high school and middle school theatre students. Since 1929, EdTA has inducted more than 2 million Thespians into ITS. That number continues to grow, with more than 36,000 students from around the country being inducted each year.

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