Structure in Playwriting

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This workshop will focus on organizational principles at work in structuring a stage play. During the course of this workshop participants will take a close look at A Streetcar Named Desire and other examples and apply what they learn to works in progress. Time permitting the class will include musicals as well. If you are grappling with structure in your work, or you are simply interested in how structure works in crafting a play, you will have the opportunity to explore the structures of works in progress or a story you have in mind by applying principles we discuss through blurb-writing, summaries and outlines.

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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