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From time to time, experts from Philadelphia will offer to teach a course for fellow Dramatists, and PDC Members get a discount on the action!
If you are a member of the PDC but haven’t received a discount code to join one of the below classed, contact us as [email protected]!
The PDC is proud to announce that we will be hosting a playwriting class on Tuesdays in May, 2018.
This course offers a unique refresher on the basics of playwriting, combining practical story construction of traditionalists, like Marsha Norman,David Mamet, and Romulus Linney with tools of experimental masters, like Maria Irene Fornes, Sam Shepard, and Jose Rivera. Great for beginners attempting their first play, as well as experienced playwrights looking to reconnect with core skills.
Brushing Up ON the Basics pulls from two great dramatic writing traditions. The vast majority of dramatic writing how-to books focus almost exclusively on Aristotelian, causation-based narrative structure. On the other hand, contemporary playwriting teachers in MFA programs typically offer a more intuitive, generative approach espoused by visionaries like Maria Irene Fornes and Paula Vogel. But most produced playwrights do not operate out of this either-or mentality; they borrow from both. This class brings these sometimes countervailing approaches together in one space, offering playwrights an opportunity to discover their own way of mixing and matching tools of the masters.
The class will meet 5 times at the Spruce Hill Community Association (257 S 45th St, Philadelphia), from 7pm – 9pm on Tuesdays between May 1st and May 29th (5/01, 5/08, 5/15, 5/22. & 5/29).
The Cost is $30 for Members; $50 for Non-Members.
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If you have not received your class discount code, please email [email protected]!
Bruce Walsh received his MFA in Playwriting from Indiana University. He currently teaches courses for PlayPenn. Before attending IU, he worked extensively as an arts journalist in Philadelphia, where he also wrote plays and devised site-specific theater. Actors Theatre of Louisville recently named him the 2017 Heideman Award winner for his play, GROWN-ASS LOUIS. Full-length plays for the stage include BERSERKER (Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights’ Workshop), PROSPECT HILL (IU Theatre), and WHISKY NEAT (Azuka Theatre). His site-specific works include HOLLY’S DEAD SOLDIERS, co-written with Douglas Williams and Chris Davis (FringeArts), CHOMSKY VS. BUCKLEY, 1969 (Philly Fringe), and THE GUIDED TOUR (Philadelphia Live Arts Festival). Other recent honors include The Gary Garrison National Ten Minute Play Award, The BETC Generations Residency (finalist), and the Seven Devils Playwrights’ Conference (finalist). His site-specific works have received numerous Phindie.com Best of the Fringe Awards, and a City Paper Barryless citation for political theater. He is a proud alumnus of The Foundry, a Philadelphia Emerging Playwrights Lab.