“Under Edward's leadership, I've been both inspired and fostered in the art and craft of playwriting. Edward's insights, advice, and guidance on my first short play were a key factor in getting it produced in the TWS New Plays Workshop. The play would have been nowhere near as polished, tight, and successful as it turned out to be.
His intelligence on playwriting and theatre is only exceeded by his passion for us all to produce great work and be the best playwrights we can be. At every one of our sessions, his critiques of work in progress by members always leads to better writing. And while opening one's work to criticism can be wrenching, the process that Edward has instituted makes the experience more thoughtful and productive, without the bruising of egos that can sometimes occur.
Edward is truly an inspiration for me and I love being able to share my work with him and value his opinion and criticism immeasurably.”
- Joseph Petrolis
“Edward’s ability to draw out elements of a play, especially shortcomings or opportunities for improvement, are amazing. What reveals itself to me as only a feeling or itch, he is able to articulate and explain in clear and illuminating detail. That alone is a wonderful talent. Each session is deep, instructive and enjoyable. His leadership is a great benefit to the group and a bright point to me individually.”
- Gregory Von Dare Suchor
"My favorite moment in class is when Edward challenges the group with a small, large or cosmic theater question. He then gives us air and space to apply what we've learned and experienced. We take it far out but then flounder. That's the moment eyes are on Edward for guidance, wit, wisdom and wealth of knowledge. He never disappoints."
- Margo Rife
“Edward Pinkowski is an admirable mentor – a coach, editor and teacher. He has mastered the art of constructive criticism. While adept at pointing out ways to improve a piece, he remains thoughtful, kind and encouraging. Edward is generous in providing his suggestions, resources that may prove helpful, and gentle, succinct guidance.
Edward’s astute comments are invariably on target. Following his suggestions has resulted in improvements in works written by a number of playwrights, including me.”
- Mary Ellen Druyan
"From the first moment he took on his leadership role of the TWS Playwrights Workshop, Edward came prepared and spoke with the knowledge that he garnered from his education at Goddard College as well as his real-life experience in writing, acting and other aspects of theatre.
Edward’s moderation of discussions always follows rules to allow constructive comments with an emphasis on the positives. He asks questions of the writer rather than attempting to “fix” any issues or put his own stamp on anything. He is unselfish with imparting his knowledge and wisdom while guiding the writer to ask their own questions of the work just presented and how to make it better. As a member of the TWS Education Committee, he works to make sure that courses meet the TWS mission, has clear objectives and measurable success. His passion for the arts is infectious."
- Edward W. Wavak