Using ‘Found Stories’ as Inspiration
Bianca Sams, Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute Fellow, will speak on her current project, researching and writing the play Just Porgy. The play focuses on the behind the scenes struggles of the actors and creative teams dealing with issues of racism and segregation both on and offstage. Sams is currently a Masters’ Degree in Playwriting Candidate at Ohio University. She has been a finalist for both the Lorraine Hansberry and Rosa Parks Award of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.
“As an artist I utilize ‘found stories’ to springboard into the creative writing process. I spend an extensive amount of time researching and using ideas I find in the pages of history books and newspapers to create plays that are well-crafted and socially resonant.” Bianca Sams