Fall 2024

Introduction to Playwriting

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


SEVAN Tavoukdjian (Section 01)


What is a play and how do you write it?  In this course, students will be introduced to the basic principles of writing for the stage (voice, craft, and process), and study short plays. Students will gain an understanding of foundational aspects such as conflict, character, objectives, obstacles, and stakes. In parallel to learning elements of playwriting, students will read plays reflecting various periods, cultures and narratives, as well as critical theories around the craft of playwriting and theatrical forms. 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. The course consists of lectures and discussions, and workshop sessions in which students share work and receive feedback from the professor and peers. Limited to 15 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.

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Other years: Offered in Fall 2023, Fall 2024