03/18 Fundamentals of Playwriting with Jennifer Lane
New instructor teaches the essentials of play writing!
Using a balance of lecture, exercise and feedback, this two-session course will teach the basics of writing for the stage, including character, relationships, conflict, style, language, dramatic arc and scene structure. We will discuss how dramatic writing differs from other forms of writing, and what tools a playwright has at her disposal (space, actor, text and technical elements). We will discuss what it means to make a piece of theater in this film- and TV-saturated culture. And, finally, we will discuss student writing.
Ideal for both seasoned writers who have never written a play before, and true beginners, this course will use examples from the contemporary canon, as well as provide writing prompts to get you started on a single scene or short play.
Participants will need to bring a pen and paper or laptop to class, and there will be writing between sessions. Pages will need to be printed and presented at the second class for critique.
Jennifer Lane received her MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University, and her BA with a focus in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work includes Harlowe (developed under the mentorship of Sarah Ruhl, winner of the Alec Baldwin Fellowship at Singers Forum); The Seer and the Witch (nuVoices for a nuGeneration Festival 2013, Nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Sue Nims Distinguished Playwriting Award, a Semifinalist for the O’Neill Playwriting Conference); Psychomachia (recipient of the Gatsby Grant); The Would-Be Room (performed in New York City, Chicago and Washington D.C.); and Convergence (premiered at the soloNOVA Festival); Her short plays have been workshopped with Anne Bogart, and performed at Ensemble Studio Theatre, LiveGirls! Theatre, the Culture Project Women Center Stage Festival, and at the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival. Jenny is the Administrative Director for the League of Professional Theatre Women and a Teaching Artist with the Playwrights Project. For more information, visit http://jennifer-lane.net.
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