Playwriting and New Play Dramaturgy
Playwriting and New Play Dramaturgy in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD) offers a practical workshop focusing on the development of the individual playmaker. Aspects of play-making such as dramatic structure, plot, dialogue, characterization, sub-text and thematic development are addressed, always through the lens of individual voice and style. The series of courses emphasize the development process, as well as, the end product.
Students must successfully complete the first year core courses, THEA 1010 3.0, THEA 1100 3.0 and THEA 1200 6.0, in order to apply to Playwriting.
In THEA 3290 Playwriting and New Play Dramaturgy I, students are encouraged to complete (as playwrights) at least one draft of a play, in a genre or style that evolves out of the content being explored. Dramaturgy students in this course are expected to work with playwrights in the class to develop their own style and form of developmental dramaturgy, based on principles and goals studied in the course of the year.
The development methodology applied in this course includes The Four Elements process, the Lomogram Image Cards, as well as a generation of creative material that generates in personal exploration. Emphasis throughout is on articulating individual voice in theatre-making and new play development (THEA 3290 6.0). As this is a theatre course, not a literature or creative writing class, the work generated will be read in class. There may be invited or public showings of various projects. Students may be asked to work collaboratively on projects, perform their own work, or perform the work of their classmates.
In the next course, (THEA 4290 6.0) skills development and integration into the profession is emphasized. This process-oriented workshop builds on discoveries achieved in Playwriting and New Play Dramaturgy I and explores the special requirements of new play dramaturgy. Students in THEA 4290 6.0 move beyond exploration and identification of individual voice and style and move towards creating work and learning how to submit the work to professional theatres. Students in THEA 4290 6.0 are expected to demonstrate a commitment to a career in Theatre. As this too is a theatre course, not a literature or creative writing class, the work generated will be read in class. There may be invited or public showings of various projects (for example The Ashley Plays or Telling Tales Out Of School.) Students may be asked to work collaboratively on projects, perform their own work, or perform the work of their classmates.
Criteria for Entry
For entry into THEA 3290 6.0 Playwriting and New Play Dramaturgy I: Submission of a portfolio and permission of the Department.
For entry into THEA 4290 6.0 Playwriting and New Play Dramaturgy II: Successful completion of THEA 3290 6.0, submission of a portfolio, interview and permission of the Department. Interview may be required. For details on all portfolio submissions, please see the Department. Note: Entry into THEA 4290 6.0 is not automatically granted with a passing grade in THEA 3290 6.0.
- THEA 3290 6.0 Playwriting and New Play Dramaturgy I
- THEA 4290 6.0 Playwriting and New Play Dramaturgy II
Students are strongly encouraged to take THEA 4330 3.0 Contemporary Canadian Theatre as a supplement to their series of Playwriting and New Play Dramaturgy courses. Creating contemporary Canadian theatre without seeing and engaging with contemporary Canadian theatre is like learning to cook without eating the food.
All Theatre majors must complete either THEA 3150 3.0 Theatre Management or THEA 4150 3.0 Professional Aspects of Theatre in order to graduate.