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2016-2017 Course Catalog 
2016-2017 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Writing for Performance, BA


The Bachelor of Arts in Writing for Performance combines writing practice with a hands-on, collaborative approach to theatre. Students are immersed in writing with an emphasis on developing their individual voices and getting their work performed aloud as early and often as possible. Students take classes in writing practice, theatre performance, and dramatic theory as the core of the major. Opportunities for, and the expectation of participation in, staged readings and workshop productions provide a necessary public forum for student work.

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate ability in dramatic writing technique, including skills in character development, conflict, theatricality, structure, and dialogue.
  • Demonstrate a sense of personal vision and artistic voice supported by completed work that displays advanced dramatic writing skills.
  • Make evident a fundamental understanding of the roles of all artistic and technical collaborators in a performance.
  • Articulate knowledge of theatre history and dramatic theory.
  • Show fluency in reading and critiquing dramatic literature and effective communication skills orally and in writing.
  • Comprehend the local and national landscape of contemporary theatre and performance for development, funding, workshops, etc., enabling entry into the professional theatre community and initiating of artistic associations.
  • Be acquainted with international theatre aesthetics.
  • Complete a portfolio of work in various playwriting forms i.e. Monologue, Ten-Minute, one-act, devised, and, at least, one full-length play.

Upon graduation, students will have developed a body of work that has been tested in the laboratory of live theatre. This work should be of the quality to be submitted confidently for admission to graduate school or for seeking productions in professional theatre.


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