The playwriting minor is designed to develop the playwright’s individual voice and increase their understanding of the inherent mechanics of dramatic story and literature. Through courses that teach students to analyze the dramatic text, discover first-hand the variant roles of the theatre 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 TV/Film. 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.
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
One of the following:
3- THAC-020 Intro to Acting for Non-Majors
THFD-030 Beginning Directing
THFD-071 Creative in Theatre & Life
THTT-058 Technical Production I
3- THFD-080 Play Analysis (spring or fall)
3- THFD-081 Play Reading (spring only)
3- THFD-040 Playwriting I (fall only)
3- THFD-041 Playwriting II (spring only)
One of the following:
3- THFD- 083 Intro. to Production Dramaturgy (fall only) (Pre-requisite is Play Analysis)
AFRO 128 Afro AM Hip Hop
AFRO 129 Black Experience in Film
AFST 132 Hip Hop & Popular Cult. in Africa