Introduction to Playwriting: L13-224 & L15-227
This is a beginner’s course in playwriting. Students learn the basic elements of character development, storytelling, structure, dialogue and the elemental differences between behaviorally driven dialogue and prose narrative. It's a hands-on course with many writing exercises and read-back sessions, the perfect "playground" for students wishing to test their abilities in the area of performance-oriented writing. No playwriting experience required. The class is offered as "wait list only". Prerequisite: None.
Advanced Playwriting: L15-473
Advanced Playwriting is a continuation of writing skills and exercises learned in Introduction to Playwriting. It will move beyond the elements of the well-made play, toward less linear work, breaking with realism, and action created thru language. It will also look at the approach of the writer thru the prism of Multiple Intelligences. The course will make use of actors within the class structure, placing playwrights and actors together in the collaborative script development processes. Those collaborations will include professional actors in the classroom and collaboration with a University Acting Class. Prerequisites: Introduction to Playwriting and permission of the instructor.
Playwriting Workshop: L15-505
The workshop is a writing laboratory for those students who want to continue coursework beyond Intro and Advanced Playwriting. It is a writing intensive course with a “high volume of pages”. It is a class that is only offered at the request of students who wish another level of playwriting - and is essentially a writing group with the instructor as mentor and dramatrug. Prerequisites: Introduction to Playwriting and Advanced Playwriting.
Dramaturgical Workshop: L15-403
A laboratory course that investigates dramaturgy from four vantage points: New Play Dramaturgy, Institutional Dramaturgy, Dramaturgy of Classics/Translations, and Dramaturgical Approaches to Nontraditional & Devised Theater. This is a “hands-on” course where student dramaturgs will not only pursue the scholarly study of dramaturgy, but will work actively and collaboratively with playwrights, actors and each other. Prerequisite: None.