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Playwrights Workshop

This course is expected to run but has not yet been scheduled.

Course Description

TheatreBridge and Playwrights Workshop offer a connecting link between high school and college theatre and encourage a commitment to a life of creative engagement. The highly selective programs provide promising young actors and playwrights an opportunity to stretch their imaginations and skills as they create new work under the mentor-ship of established theatre professionals. Students work alongside the artists of the Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep and the undergraduate Apprentice Company, and are encouraged to achieve their highest potential. Residential Advisors are carefully selected Brown undergraduates, who serve as mentors and role models to help students make the most of their time at Brown.

This workshop for emerging playwrights is designed to create a supportive and stimulating environment for young writers to develop and share their writing. Student-playwrights will have the opportunity to write and work alongside the actors, directors and playwrights of the Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep and the undergraduate Apprentice Company. By the end of the summer, students will have written and revised a complete play, explored the major elements of drama (plot, character, thought, language, rhythm and spectacle) and experimented with puppetry, devised theatre, and other theatrical genres. Writing prompts and improvisation as well as reading and analyzing plays will be a part of the process. As playwriting is a time-space based art form focused on human interaction, the professional company will also perform students’ writing in staged readings at the end of the program.

Daily classes will include play analysis, writing exercises, and play readings. Students can expect to spend the majority of their evening and weekend hours reading, writing, rehearsing and preparing for classes. Students will also attend the three productions at Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep. When time permits, students are encouraged to take advantage of co-curricular and recreational programs offered in the pre-college program.

TheatreBridge and Playwrights Workshop provides numerous opportunities for interaction with students in both programs and with members of the undergraduate Apprentice Company, Brown theatre faculty, and other artists from the Playwrights Rep. in a variety of formal and informal settings. All students will have the opportunity to attend special workshops and Q&A sessions with Brown faculty and visiting artists, and participate in post-performance talkbacks.

In addition, teams of TheatreBridge and Playwrights Workshop students provide front-of-house support at performances of the Brown/Trinity Playwright’s Repertory Theatre periodically throughout the program, and that support sometimes requires that students make themselves available on a Saturday night. Otherwise, unless special events or assignments are scheduled, students use weekend time for research, rehearsal and relaxation.