Voice and Vision Playwriting Workshop

Voice & Vision’s Inaugural
Playwriting Workshop for Women Playwrights

Wednesdsays, March 14 – May 2
6:30 – 9:30pm; Location TBA
fee: $450

Voice & Vision Theater’s inaugural playwriting workshop, taught by
Lisa D’Amour (OBIE award-winning playwright, and writer of the
recently acclaimed STANLEY 2006), is designed to help all women
playwrights, from the experienced to the beginner, make substantial
headway on a full-length play. An excellent opportunity if you have
recently started or would like to start a full-length play, this class
will offer an encouraging, feedback-oriented forum within which to
explore character, structure and style as you write.

More info after the jump…

Early on, the workshop syllabus will include short exercises to help
explore the world of your play, the characters that live there, and
the theatrical frame of your script. In later weeks you will have the
chance to workshop portions of your play in class. As a class, we will
read and analyze two published plays, exploring their unique
perspectives and formats. Additionally, this workshop will include
guests who are an integral part of the theater industry, such as
literary managers, directors and other playwrights who will talk about
making one’s way as a playwright in the theater community.

If you are a playwright who has a hard time finishing a play, or
framing your ideas in order to get started, this workshop will provide
the support you need to take risks, explore new theatrical languages,
and write through to the end of your play.

While admission is not competitive, previous theater experience,
fiction writing, and/or playwriting experience is highly recommended.
To apply please send a brief paragraph about your writing and/or
theater background to: acooper@vandv.org, along with your full name,
address, and contact phone number. Payments and enrollment will be
processed after receiving applications on a first-come, first-served
basis. Inquiries may also be sent to acooper@vandv.org.

Playwright Mentor Lisa D’Amour is an OBIE award-winning playwright,
solo performer and multidisciplinary artist. Recent projects include
Tale of a West Texas Marsupial Girl, a children’s musical directed by
Whit MacLaughlin (Children’s Theater Company, 2007), STANLEY (2006), a
solo performance she created for her brother Todd to perform (HERE
Arts Center, November 2006), The Cataract, a play directed by Katie
Pearl at the Women’s Project, LandMARK: 24 Hours @ the Stone Arch
Bridge, a 24-hour collaborative performance on the Stone Arch Bridge
in Minneapolis; and Nita & Zita, which received a 2003 OBIE Award and
toured in 2005 to the Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans) the
Walker Arts Center (Minnneapolis) and HERE Arts Center (NYC).
Recently, she received a Playwrights’ Residency Program grant from
Theater Communications Group to write Hide Town for Infernal
Bridegroom Productions (Houston). Lisa has taught playwriting and
site-specific theater at many academic institutions, including the
University of Texas at Austin, the University of Rochester, UC Santa
Barbara and Smith College. She received her M.F.A. in playwriting
from UT Austin. She is a core member of the Playwrights’ Center and a
recent alumna of New Dramatists.

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