DRAMA 441 A: Beginning Playwriting

Meeting Time: 
TTh 1:30pm - 3:20pm
HUT 154

Syllabus Description:

Students will write rehearsal-ready short plays, learning a variety of approaches to telling exciting stories for the contemporary stage.  We will read, analyze and write plays, sharing and developing our work in the classroom. 



"Writing is a muscle, connected to our hearts, minds, and guts. No student who signs up for a playwriting course is without the ability to write something of value because they themselves are valuable. And, by the act of registering for the course, they have already demonstrated that they have the desire to be valued for their voice. My role is to help students identify where that writing muscle lives, show them how to exercise it, and give them tools to connect this muscle to their desire. "


Trista Baldwin is the award-winning author of over twenty plays, including PATTY RED PANTS, AMERICAN SEXY, SAND, and CHICKS WITH DICKS: Bad Girls on Bikes Doing Bad Things! Her work has been produced Off-Broadway and throughout the U.S., as well as Australia, Chile and Japan. A native of the PNW, Trista recently returned to Seattle after living in NYC and Minneapolis, where she was a tenured professor of dramatic writing at St. Cloud State University.  A recipient of Jerome Fellowships a McKnight Advancement Grant, Trista was a founding co-producer of the playwright-run Workhaus Collective, producing 25 plays over a decade in the Twin Cities.  Locally her work has been developed by Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, WET, and Live Girls!  Her play GHOSTED, written for SCT’s Kaiser Permanente Arts Education program is touring nationally.  Trista is currently under commission by Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloane Foundation and Seattle Children’s Theatre.  Her work is published by Heinemann, Spout Press, and Playscripts.  www.tristabaldwin.com

Catalog Description: 
Writing exercises and drafts of a one-act play provide first experience in writing for performance. Readings of representative one-act plays introduce genres and writing styles.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
November 1, 2019 - 9:12pm