From the Page to the Stage
If a playwright writes plays, why isn’t the word spelled “playwrite”? “Wright” comes from Old English and means worker or maker; a playwright drafts, crafts, and builds a play. Learn about structure, treatment, conflict, character development, setting, plot, and the difference between writing for the stage and screen. Plan to read and watch monologues and scenes, and write several of your own.
- Students should bring something to write with.
About the Instructor
Douglas Jones has written and seen produced more than forty plays and screenplays, including the musical Bojangles (music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Sammy Cahn), The Turn of The Screw, and his award-winning Songs from Bedlam. His film 1607: A Nation Takes Root is on display at Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center. He was awarded the Virginia Commission for the Arts Playwriting Grant in 2006, and received the Martha Hill Newell Playwrights Award in 2015. He teaches at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and The Visual Arts Center, and is a voting member of The Dramatists Guild.See More Classes By Instructor