Playwriting - Theatre 5961

3 units

This course is an introductory level playwriting seminar and workshop. Emphasis will be on crafting work that takes advantage of the particular capabilities of the theatre, while keeping a disciplined eye on the uses of structure, narrative, and character.

Students will create seven ten‐minute plays, seeded and guided by in‐class exercises. Students will also examine a group of contemporary plays in order to deepen familiarity with the theatrical form. Final projects will be one‐act plays, which will be presented in public staged reading during the final weeks of the course.

Playwriting is capped at 16 students. Admission, which is open to graduate students and advanced undergraduates, is by permission of instructor.  No prior playwriting experience is required. To request permission, please email Jen at with a short statement of interest and experience.


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