STORY-MAKING FOR THE STAGE
The fundamental difference between the aspirational writer and the accomplished one is narrative: the ability to generate motion and impact by putting a Series of Events in Time. This does not involve a “template” or a “plot structure” or following the “rules of the well-made play.” This involves the use of actionable strategies for generating and interrogating the stories we put onstage, no matter their provenance, intent, or aesthetic. This class presents and explores a wide range of those strategies, with the goal of making a story come alive onstage. In addition to playwrights, this class is often offered to screenwriters, fiction authors, and actors/directors wishing to create their own plays.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
Steven Dietz's thirty-plus plays and adaptations have been seen at over one hundred regional theatres in the United States, as well as Off-Broadway. International productions have been seen in over twenty countries. In 2019, Dietz was once again named one of the 20 Most-Produced Playwrights in America by American Theatre Magazine. Recent world premieres include How a Boy Falls; Dracula: Mina's Quest; and two interlocking plays for adult and youth audiences, The Great Beyond and The Ghost of Splinter Cove. Dietz was awarded the American Theatre Critics Association’s Steinberg New Play Citation for Bloomsday; the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award for both Fiction (seen Off-Broadway at the Roundabout Theatre Company) and Still Life with Iris; the PEN USA Award in Drama for Lonely Planet; and the Edgar Award® from the Mystery Writers of America for Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure. Dietz taught in the MFA Playwriting and Directing programs at the University of Texas at Austin for 12 years, and now serves as a Dramatists Guild "Traveling Master" – teaching workshops in playwriting, story-making, and collaboration across the U.S. He and his wife, playwright Allison Gregory, divide their time between Austin and Seattle.