THST221
The Art of Playwriting

This course will teach basic playwriting skills implemented through in-class exercises and at-home writing assignments. This hands-on, practical approach will require writing one short play each week. Emphasis is on experimentation, innovation, risk taking, and process. A spirit of fun, innovation, and creativity will dominate this workshop format. Each class meeting will incorporate reading student work aloud with commentary from the instructor and the class. Students will listen, critique, and develop the vocabulary to discuss plays, structure, story, and content. Each student will begin to connect her dramatic voice and theatrical passion. Students will ultimately write a one-act play as the capstone experience for this class. For the past 2 years, the Theatre Studies program has presented a live and in person theatrical showcase of original plays, set designs and performances.  In response to Covid19 this course will pivot to a partly online platform to create community and teach new skills, and will culminate with a virtual showcase.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 12

Prerequisites: None

Instructor: Roach

Distribution Requirements: ARS - Visual Arts, Music, Theater, Film and Video

Typical Periods Offered: Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall

Notes: Mandatory credit/noncredit. This course may be taken as THST 321 upon completion of THST 221. See the description for THST 321.