Playwriting: Ritual Practice and Curious Worlds

TDM 164H
Phillip Howze
2019 Fall
Thursdays, 3:00-5:45pm
Location: Farkas Hall 203
Class Capacity: 12 Consent Required: Instructor


A play is a new world in and of itself. What sorts of strange, curious worlds are theater makers crafting today? What approaches are they taking to create these worlds?

In this new playwriting course we will explore both text and non-texts, the wild (as well as the conventional) to discover what drives contemporary plays, devised works, and performance today.

We will discuss the practices employed by various playwrights and directors—particularly women and artists of color—and try our own hand at some of these approaches. In addition, we will see live performances in realtime; engage special guest/visiting artists; collaborate with fellow classmates; and expand our curiosities.

Most importantly, we will write. This is an exploratory writing workshop with a focus on generating new material. By the end of the semester, you will have created a portfolio of new works, ideas, processes and rituals.