The primary purpose of the Theatre Arts Playwriting minor with a focus on writing for stage and screen focuses specifically on the craft of dramatic writing for stage and screen. This minor is designed to develop the writers individual voice and increase their understanding of the inherent mechanics of dramatic story and how it applies in story telling for the stage and screen. Through courses that teach students to analyze the dramatic text, discover first-hand the variant roles of the stage and screen collaborators, learn basic production techniques, and develop their writing ability through a series of intensive workshop style classes, students develop the necessary skills for advanced study and an eventual career in theatre and Television. Since we live in a world which utilizes dramatic form to tell stories and contribute information to society and dramatic content has an increasing effect on our lives, students will become adept at the execution of dramatic structure and understand the theory and aesthetics of writing for the stage and screen.
The ideal student for the playwriting minor is a student who has an interest in and aptitude for storytelling and dramatic content. We are looking for students whose writing showcases their ability to tell a good story that evokes feeling and they have a specific point of view and mission for the stories they tell.
A successful Playwriting minor will:
- Know what distinguishes Theatre writing from film writing.
- Develop a general understanding and appreciation of major periods of theatre history and major pieces of dramatic literature.
- Identify the characteristics of the major theatre genres, and know how each of these genres and styles has engendered distinctive forms of playwriting, acting, directing, and theatrical design.
- Enhance critical thinking and writing skills through literary analysis of important dramatic works of classical and contemporary drama.
- Acquire the ability to analyze scripts and critically assess those elements that contribute to the theatre process and a fully actualized production.
- Write coherent relevant plays for a contemporary audience.
- Acquire cultural capital through exposure to professional theatre in the Washington DMV area
PLAYWRITING MINOR: 18 CREDIT HOURS
3- THAC-020 INTRODUCTION TO ACTING FOR NON-MAJOR OR
THFD 030 BEGINNING DIRECTING
3- THFD-080 PLAY ANALYSIS (spring or fall)
3- THFD-040 PLAYWRITING I (fall only)
3- THFD-041 PLAYWRITING II (spring only)
3- THFD-083 INTRO. TO PRODUCTION DRAMATURGY (fall only) (Pre-requisite is Play Analysis)
3- THFD- SCRIPTWRITING: THE ONE-HOUR TV DRAMA (spring only)