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ENGL 271
Playwriting and Production: Exploration of Playwright as Theater Maker Spring 2021
Division I
Cross-listed THEA 266 / ENGL 271

Class Details

This course will examine the role of the playwright as collaborator in the new play production process with discussions of collaborative practice. Through writing exercises and critical response time in class we will focus on writing 10-Minute plays that will culminate in a final presentation collaboratively produced by the class on a digital platform. Group work both during class time and outside hours will be necessary for facilitating full class critical response time and artistic process time with the plays. We will explore case studies of the production of new plays in the American Theatre, including examples of self-producing. A writing and research notebook will be a requirement for the class to encourage self-motivation skills as a theater maker outside of the classroom time. Writing and collaborative practice time will be supplemented with weekly reading or viewing assignments of new plays, critical theory, and research for discussions of structure and practice. Self-selected research readings, media, and art will be a large component of the course over the semester.
The Class: Format: studio; Hybrid; Synchronous discussion time weekly; Asynchronous collaborative work with peers
Limit: 12
Expected: 10
Class#: 5647
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly writing projects leading up to a longer final project, research and writing notebook complied throughout the semester, peer responses; a ten-minute piece created with peers; attendance and class participation
Prerequisites: Students are asked to write a personal statement about their experience with collaborative practice and include questions that they would desire to pursue in the course.
Enrollment Preferences: In instance of over-enrollment, preference will be given to Seniors, Juniors, & Sophomores in the Theatre and English Majors.
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
THEA 266 Division I ENGL 271 Division I

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