Spring 2024

Writing the Full-Length Play

Listed in: English, as ENGL-235  |  Theater and Dance, as THDA-272


SEVAN Tavoukdjian (Section 01)


In this workshop-based course, students will continue to learn and hone the basic elements of writing for the stage: voice, craft, and process.  Playwriting work will be augmented by a focus on studying full-length plays and perspectives from global playwrights to expose students to a variety of forms, genres, structures, and narratives. A central goal of this course will be understanding the wide possibilities of creating a theatrical work from outside of a Western Naturalism perspective. Students will spend the semester writing and revising a single play, continuing to finesse foundational aspects such as conflict, character objectives, obstacles, and stakes. Students will also be expected to share work in a writers group format in class using the Liz Lerman method of critical feedback towards writing drafts. Please note that we will be discussing and covering sensitive topics in this course. This course also builds on the fundamental skills of close reading, dramatic analysis, beginning dramaturgy, deep discussion, revision, feedbacking, and thoughtful writing. Readings will include a selection of works from among the following playwrights: Peter Handke, Tanika Gupta, Henrik Ibsen, Arthur Miller, Tim Crouch, Sabrina Mahfouz, debbie tucker green, Same Steiner, Brandon Jacob-Jenkins, Caryl Churchill, Christopher Durang, Jennifer Haley, Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton, May Miller, and Wakako Yamauchi.  Requisite: THDA 170, THDA 273, or consent of the instructor with dramatic writing sample.  Limited to 15 students. Spring semester. Professor SEVAN.

THDA 272 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM WEBS G019
Th 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM WEBS G019


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2024

Course Description Addendum

Submitted by SEVAN Tavoukdjian on Wednesday, 12/20/2023, at 12:36 AM

There will be a class field trip  to see Lloy Suh's The Far Country at Yale Rep This will be a part of the class requirements. It will occur on a Saturday afternoon in the first week of May.