Fall 2023

Introduction to Playwriting and Playwrights

Listed in: English, as ENGL-171  |  Theater and Dance, as THDA-170


SEVAN Tavoukdjian (Section 01)


In this course, students will be introduced to the basic principles of writing for the stage: voice, craft, and process.  Students will gain an understanding of such foundational aspects as conflict, character objectives, obstacles, and stakes. In parallel to learning the elements of playwriting, students will read plays from varying periods, cultures, and narratives.  Along with writing short scenes and short plays, students will learn the basics of dramaturgical analysis and complete in-class writing prompts to deepen their understanding of the form. 

Limited to 22 students.  Fall semester.  Professor SEVAN 

How to handle overenrollment: Preference given to first-year and second-year students.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: This course will involve regular attendance and class participation, class discussion, reading, and regular writing assignments. Attendance at performances outside of class may also be required.

ENGL 171 - LEC

Section 01
M 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM WEBS G019
W 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM WEBS G019


Other years: Offered in Fall 2023, Fall 2024