ENGL 280
Writing for Performance
Last Offered Spring 2018
Division I
Cross-listed ENGL 280 / THEA 282
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

This studio/seminar course is designed for students with some experience in creative writing and/or performance interested in a deep dive into the art of playwriting. What is a play? What distinguishes writing for performance from writing that is meant to be read? How do we craft a blueprint for a live event? In our rapidly evolving digital world, what sorts of stories and phenomena still ask to be experienced live? How are contemporary theater and performance makers pushing the boundaries of what “writing” means and what constitutes “liveness”? We will read works by Sharon Bridgforth, Sarah Ruhl, Tarrell Alvin McCraney, Tony Kushner, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Sarah DeLappe, Suzan-Lori Parks, Edward Albee, August Wilson, Chuck Mee, María Irene Fornés, Young Jean Lee, Stew, and Lightning Rod Special, who have deepened and widened the possibilities of the form. We will also write, beginning with exercises in character, dialogue, action, and world-building, and working toward a longer final project. Students will be expected to present their own work and respond to each other’s work regularly. At the end of the term, we will present excerpts of our one-act length works as part of an open studio experience.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 14
Expected: 14
Class#: 3523
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: in-class participation, critical/creative responses to readings, various writing exercises, final one-act performance piece, participation in final presentation
Prerequisites: students with some experience in creative writing and/or performance
Enrollment Preferences: students who have taken THEA 214/ENGL 214 or another creative writing course
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 280 Division I THEA 282 Division I

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