University of Iowa

Completing the Full-Length Play

Instructor: 
Weeklong July 19 to July 24 2020

In this workshop, we will begin by reading your play aloud. Using theater/performance techniques, we will put sections of your play on its feet as a way of discovering its flaws and strengths. We will work on editing, rewriting, and reimagining your play into a finished draft form. The instructor will bring his 30+ years of experience on stage and in radio to making your text sparkle and move.

We will also look at some examples of existing plays as models of how plays come to life.  These include work by Caryl Churchill, Thornton Wilder, and Wallace Shawn. 

 

At the end of the week, we will do a regular table reading of your whole play to track the changes in the script.

 

In this workshop, we will critique writing you bring from home.

Playwriting