Elements of Playwriting: Dialogue

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Dialogue is the playwright’s primary tool for conveying a story that ultimately becomes a visual, aural, and emotional experience for an audience. In this workshop, participants will look at various functions of dialogue and will discuss how actors, designers, and directors use dialogue as a basis for transforming words on the page to life on stage. Although the focus in this session will be on playwriting, writers of all genres are welcome.

About Richard Washer

Richard Washer, M.F.A. is a playwright, composer, and director. His full-length plays include Missa at New Works Theatre, Of a Sunday Morning (Charter Theater), Monkeyboy (co-written with Keith Bridges and Chris Stezin; Charter Theater), The Chicken of the Family (a children’s musical co-written with award-winning author Mary Amato; Charter Theater), The Fetish (The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts), Getting It (The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts), and Quartet at Hamner Theatre. Richard was a founding member of Charter Theater and served as Playwright in Residence for First Draft during the 2010-11 season. He has taught creative writing and playwriting workshops at numerous institutions including The Writer’s Center, Regional American College Theater Festivals, Clemson University, First Draft and Charter Theater, among others. His directing credits include productions at Source Theater, Charter Theater, National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts and Clemson University Department of Performing Arts. Richard holds a B.A. in Music and Anthropology from the University of Virginia, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The American University.

Teaching style: Richard's goal in every workshop is to create a community for writers where everyone involved can explore, develop, and stretch their writing skills. This involves not only providing an opportunity to practice writing but to learn how to give and receive feedback in a way that is meaningful to the writer. His hope is that writers find the workshop environment a safe place to learn about the craft of writing in general and more specifically, playwriting.


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