Contemporary Women Playwrights 2: Writing the Female Protagonist

College of Performing Arts: Drama

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
Contemp Women Playwrights 2
Spring 2024
Taught By: Laura Censabella
Section: A

CRN: 11734

Credits: 3

In this course we will take inspiration from plays by contemporary women playwrights from around the world. We will be enlightened by feminist theory about female characters. And most happily we will write scenes featuring our own charismatic female-identified characters. These scenes will be prompted at first by exercises, some of which grow out of the varied plays we’ll be reading. In the process we will attempt to understand what the specific narrative pitfalls are when writing a female character, both historically and now. We’ll explore common themes in women’s stories and new ways of writing them. We’ll learn what writing a full, rich, complex, layered character of any gender entails. You needn’t worry about writing “politically correct” women—there is no censorship in this class— only woman as the subject of a drama, a protagonist with a strong p.o.v. You will end this class with scenes toward a play centered on your dynamic female character, the possible structure for the play, and new strategies for writing in a linear and non-linear way. Pre-requisite Foundations in Playwriting OR Contemporary Women Playwrights 1

College: College of Performing Arts (CO)

Department: Drama (DRA)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 16

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:56am EDT 6/14/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Building: Arnhold Hall 55 W13th
Room: 909
Date Range: 1/24/2024 - 5/8/2024