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Playwriting is Dreaming

Description

The basics of Playwriting: Playwriting is Dreaming is a ten video lecture course from an artivist/cultural dreamer, poetic lens. A course that unfolds as a series of love letters to the theatre, guided prompts on creating new work, ways of thinking expansively as a theatre-maker, and empowering yourself as a playwright, text-builder, creative thinker through the form and craft of playwriting

Caridad Svich has taught playwriting & creative writing at NYU, Yale School of Drama, Rutgers University, Bard College, Bennington College, Denison University, Barnard College, and more. She has been a Visiting Research Fellow at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and a Harvard/Radcliffe Institute Fellow.

What Will I Learn?

  • In this course you will learn to write both with rigor and freedom.
  • In this course you will get advice to make plays and screenplays that will liberate your unconscious. In this course you will gain tools to face the pages/stage/screen with empowerment.

Topics for this course

10 Lessons10h

Lesson 1: Taste Biography and Generating a Play?

Cultivating a Taste Biography and Generating a Play In this lesson we look at where plays begin.
Video 1
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Where Plays come from

Lesson 2: Crafting Images?

Crafting Images In this lesson we look at six core principles of building plays, especially the craft of image-making, and the form of drama called Tragedy.

Lesson 3: Thinking about Tension?

Thinking About Tension In this lesson we look at the crafting of tension in plays and touch on patterning material.

Lesson 4: The Sensory?

The Sensory In this lesson we look at using all senses in crafting plays.

Lesson 5: The Moving Image and Perception?

The Moving Image and Perception In this lesson we explore connections between form and feeling, and perception in relationship to the moving image.

Lesson 6: Energy?

Energy In this lesson, we explore the principle of energy in writing.

Lesson 7: The Wolf at the Door?

The Wolf at the Door in this lesson, we explore the principle of tension further especially through the lens of desire and obstacles experienced by characters.

Lesson 8: Structure?

Structure In this lesson, we explore the basic concepts of structure in dramatic writing.

Lesson 9: The Dramatic Question and Pacing?

The Dramatic Question and Pacing In this lesson, we explore the concept of the organizing principle of a play through a dramatic question or dilemma and how this is related to pacing

Lesson 10: The Conversation about the World?

The Conversation about the World In this lesson, we explore how plays live in relationship to the world.

About the instructors

Caridad Svich is an award-winning playwright, translator, screenwriter, editor, lyricist, educator and artivist. The author of over 100 plays. She has taught playwriting & creative writing at NYU, Yale School of Drama, Rutgers University, Bard College, Bennington College, Denison University, Barnard College, and more. She has been a Visiting Research Fellow at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and a Harvard/Radcliffe Institute Fellow. She has also adapted works by Isabel Allende, Mario Vargas Llosa, Julia Alvarez and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. She trained extensively with legendary playwright Maria Irene Fornes. Her film FUGITIVE DREAMS (co-screenwriter, based on her play) received world premiere at the 2020 Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, and US premiere at the 2020 Austin Film Festival. She is recipient of the 2012 OBIE for Lifetime Achievement and 2018 Ellen Stewart Career Achievement Award in Professional Theatre from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. Her plays include 12 OPHELIAS, IPHIGENIA CRASH LAND FALLS..., RED BIKE and THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS (Based on Isabel Allende's novel). She has authored and/or edited several books on theatre published by Routledge, TCG, Methuen Drama, Manchester University Press, Backstage Books, Smith & Kraus and Eyecorner Press. Her plays are published by Intellect Books, Seagull Books and Broadway Play Publishing. She is founder of NoPassport theatre alliance & press, associate editor of Contemporary Theatre Review, Drama Editor of Asymptote Literary Translation Journal, and on the board of Global Performance Studies journal. She sustains parallel career as a theatrical translator and is chiefly known for her English language translations of the dramatic works of Federico Garcia Lorca. She holds an MFA from UCSD, and a BCA from UNCC. She has also taught at Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Ohio State University and the Einhorn School of Performing Arts in New York. She has received fellowships from TCG/NEA, TCG/Pew, the Tanne Foundation and the California Arts Council.
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If you are a playwright this course is fundamental to develop your writing. Caridad is a legend and this course is a gem.

£49.99

Material Includes

  • 10 Video Lectures
  • Quizs
  • Assignments

Requirements

  • This course is ideal for students eager to dive into playwriting.
  • This course is also useful for students with experience in other forms of writing.

Target Audience

  • High School and Undergraduate students.
  • Early Career Writers interested in Dramatic Writing.