THA 71a Playwriting

Dreams of being an acclaimed Playwright?

Have a story that you’ve been yearning to tell?

This summer students will have the opportunity to write a One-Act Play with our Online THA 71a Playwriting class.  By way of webcams, students from across the U.S. (or just across Waltham!) will have the chance to collaborate on short dramas in an scriptwriting workshop.

Twice a week, students and instructor will sit around a virtual “writers’ table” and create three-dimensional characters in conflict, engaging dialogue, and stories that grab the audience’s attention.  Many creative opportunities: drama; comedy; one-man/woman shows; film and cable adaptations of plays; performance art; and the option to create multimedia work employing other arts forms, e.g., music, video, or photography.  Other topics: role-playing and improvisation, creating upbeat action, tension and conflict, and “the power of myth.”

As models for writing, students will consider a small number of plays and films by great dramatists, e.g., Peter Shaffer (Amadeus), Harold Pinter, Edward Albee, and David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross).  However, the focus of this workshop will be on students’ original scripts.  By the end of the course, participants will write one ten-minute play and one one-act play.

Student scripts will be considered for publication in FUSION: A Global Forum of Words, Music, and Art:

THA 71a: Playwriting
June 3-August 9, 2013
Online Class Meetings: Tuesday, Thursday: 6:00-7:30 pm EST
Theater Arts Department, Brandeis University

Click here more information about the course and a link to the course syllabus.

Your instructor will be Joseph A. Coroniti, PhD, Professor, Drama & Film, email: