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Wed, Mar 29



How to Say ENOUGH! - Using Dramatic Craft to Write About Social Change [Digital Workshop]

Taught by Playwright, Naveen Choudhury; Hosted by The Dramatists Guild of America

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How to Say ENOUGH! - Using Dramatic Craft to Write About Social Change [Digital Workshop]

Time & Location

Mar 29, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM CDT


About the event

*** Only for Writers 13-19 years old ***

Description: In this workshop, writers will be introduced to the elements of dramatic craft, with the specific goal of starting a ten-minute play about gun violence.  Students will be led through short writing exercises to generate ideas and access their authentic voice and perspective, and learn how to use the elements of craft to shape their ideas into cohesive narratives with convincing characters and dialogue.  Topics discussed will include how to write about gun violence without depicting violence, as well as how to do the topic justice in a short play format.

About the instructor: Naveen Bahar Choudhury is a playwright, librettist, and lyricist whose work has been produced, commissioned, and/or developed by Ma-Yi Theater, Prospect Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Second Stage Theatre, New Federal Theatre, Martha's Vineyard Playhouse, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, The Lark Play Development Center, New Dramatists, and more.  She has been a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a LaGuardia Performing Arts Center Playwriting Resident, and a Mellon Creative Research Fellow/Playwriting Resident at the University of Washington. Her play SKIN is published in Plays For Two, an anthology by Vintage Books/Random House, and was broadcast on Northeast Public Radio as part of the Playing On Air series.  Her short musical on film, Lady Apsara, commissioned by Prospect Theater, and written with composer Kamala Sankaram, was presented at the 44th Asian American International Film Festival last summer. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and The New School for Drama, where she received her MFA.

About the host: The Dramatists Guild of America is the national, professional membership trade association of theatre writers, including playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists.

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