Playwriting Boot Camp with Paula Vogel
Saturday, February 8, 2014
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Parkside Performance Cafe University Park Campus
Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Paula Vogel will present an intensive basic-training session in the elements of playwriting. This one-day class will focus on writing exercises designed to get the mind moving in a new direction, and to encourage writers to consider what it means to write for the theatre.
After more than two decades of inspiring and instructing the next generation of American playwrights at Brown and Yale universities, Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Paula Vogel now offers boot camps—intensive basic-training sessions in the elements of playwriting—all over the country, reaching hundreds of people, from professional writers to novice playwrights to those who simply dream of taking pen to paper. Intended to demystify the playwriting process, this one-day class will focus on writing exercises designed to get the mind moving in a new direction, and to encourage writers to really consider what it means to write for the theatre. The class will also touch on foundational tenets of playwriting, including Aristotle’s elements of drama.
Paula Vogel is one of the foremost playwrights of our day. Her play How I Learned to Drive received the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; the Lortel Prize; Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and New York Drama Critics’ Circle awards for Best Play; and Vogel’s second Obie. Other plays include The Long Christmas Ride Home, The Mineola Twins, The Baltimore Waltz, Hot’N’Throbbing, Desdemona, And Baby Makes Seven and The Oldest Profession. Theatre Communications Group has published four books of her work: The Mammary Plays, The Baltimore Waltz and Other Plays, The Long Christmas Ride Home and A Civil War Christmas. Vogel is the adjunct Eugene O’Neill Professor of Playwriting and former chair of playwriting at the Yale School of Drama. (Twitter)
Organized by the USC School of Dramatic Arts.