Theatre 370

THEA 370: Playwriting

Credit Hours: (3) Three hours lecture and discussion

The basic principles of playwriting are explored in a forum involving the reading and discussion of student plays. Students complete a one-act play or one act of a longer work. Completed scripts are sought for production in The Studio Theatre.

Detailed Description of Course

The course presents the basic principles of playwriting and provides a forum for reading and discussing student plays. The basic skills of dramaturgy are presented. The completion of a one-act play is the major goal of the course.

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Short plays by established playwrights will be read and critiqued by students. Students will discuss and critique theatrical productions presented at Radford University.

Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students will recognize the art and craft of playwriting. Students will recognize the art and skill of dramaturgy. Each student will write a one-act play. At the conclusion of the course, students will recognize effective play structure.

Assessment Measures

All students turn in a journal at the end of the semester. The journal will include a completed one act play, all notes from plays critiqued and discussed in class, observations and criticisms of theatrical productions, and all work from individual projects and unfinished plays.

Other Course Information


Review and Approval

3/2009        Revision    Carl Lefko

3/2010        Revision    Carl Lefko

July 2010