This course provides an introduction to the craft of playwriting. Student work consists of developing the fundamentals of writing for the stage, playwriting structure, creating characters, and writing dialogue. Coursework includes in-class writing, regular writing assignments, and the reading of plays. Students will explore their own theatrical voices while engaging with the voices of others in the class and through readings. Conventions of theater through Aristotle’s six parts of drama (plot, character, dialogue, music, spectacle and theme) will be discussed and evaluated. Playwriting and class exercises will focus on experimenting and pushing outside students’ comfort zones and their preconceived ideas of theatrical writing. Assignments will include short writing exercises, revisions and refinement of student theatrical writing; presentations and discussion; and a final 10-minute play worthy of performance onstage.
The course will focus upon the understanding of scenes, dramatic structures, and their contribution to the structure of an entire play. Readings of plays and dramatic writing exercises will be utilized in a workshop format.
The primary focus of this course is the writing of a one-act play or a full-length play; this will be our final project. Through take-home writing exercises, the examination of existing texts, and giving and receiving constructive feedback, each writer will take his or her writing to a new level of complexity, theatricality and meaning. The first part of the course will consist of examining the structure of a scene. In order to write a whole play, all of its parts must be solid. We will begin by looking at techniques for writing strong, dramatic scenes.
PlayBuilders of Hawaii Theatre Company announces that The PlayFestival 2017 annual play submission window is now open. PlayBuilders is calling for original, 10-Minute plays, one acts- (30 minutes or less), or portions of full length plays, no longer than 30 minutes, from adult playwrights and 15 minutes or less from youth (6th through 12th grades).
Plays will be judged and selected by a play reading committee. All submissions must be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org, by December 15, 2016. Hard copies will not be accepted. Playwrights shall be notified of selection by January 24th, 2017.
Monica and Squire Coldwell have been studying and performing improvisation for decades; they have studied with over two dozen visiting instructors and created improvisation long-forms (improvised shows generally more than 20 minutes long, as compared to short-form sketches of a few minutes). They have performed at improvisation festivals, both locally and nationally, as well as on the mainstage at the Chicago Improv Festival. They also founded Hawaii’s first and only non-profit improvisation organization ImprovEd Hawaii. They have taught teachers, actors, students of all ages, and fellow improvisers skills including, building self-confidence, creating collaborations, curriculum, improvised plays and theatre skills.
Get ready to stretch your mind and body in this workshop. In this workshop we will spend four weeks honing skills behind performance and its importance for relationship and character development while working on our feet. By focusing on space work and staging, we will explore the concepts of identifying with and developing characters, using movement to express yourself, and much more. We will lend instruction and lead participants through movement-based improv exercises and activities. Please dress ready to move, bring water, and have fun exploring.