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DRMA 281
Beginning Playwriting

Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 50

AA Discipline: [Humanities]

Lecture Hours:50

Introduces students to the elements, art and discipline of playwriting, by exploration of established works and creation of original one-act plays, scenes and monologues. By the course's conclusion, students will have completed a revised draft of a one-act play, and hear a scene from their plays read in a public performance. Designed as an introduction to the process of playwriting. The emphasis is on the exploration of a range of techniques and tools available to the playwright. Through the completion and discussion of a series of writing exercises the class will examine the various elements of playwriting. The way that these elements may be combined to create plays will be explored in the writing of several short plays, and ultimately, in the drafting a longer work.
Prerequisite: ENGL 097 or instructor permission.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally.
  • Demonstrate a variety of writing styles ranging from casual to formal.
  • Communicate with artists, craftpersons, and managers across theatrical disciplines.
  • Read and analyze a broad range of dramatic literature.
  • Analyze and read a script from the perspective of all theatrical disciplines.
  • Read a play and be articulate about the transformation of the written word into the theatrical event.
  • Ability to work effectively within a group process.
  • Ability to work successfully with collaborators from all theatrical disciplines.
  • Demonstrate research skills including library, internet, or experiential research.
  • Demonstrate ability to find, analyze and use both primary and secondary resources.
  • Ability to discriminate between useful and unreliable resource materials.

  • Course Topics
  • Foundations of the playwriting process
  • The Playwright's Guidebook
  • Critique scenes from modern and classical scripts
  • Playwrighting exercises
  • Write an origional script

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Year Quarter
    DRMA 281
    Fall 2010
    Jessica Barkl
    DRMA 281
    Summer 2010
    Jessica Barkl

    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.