FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 17, 2007
Introduction to Playwriting Class Offered this Fall
This fall, College of the Canyons will offer an Introduction to Playwriting class to help students create an original script or translate current works of fiction from paper to the stage.
"It is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn the basic elements of dramatic story telling," said instructor David Stears, who has developed more than 35 original scripts for theatre. He also produced the award-winning Educational Outreach Program for the Santa Clarita Repertory Theater, and is director of the New Works Festival at College of the Canyons.
"Classes like these are hundreds of dollars in Los Angeles. It is rare to have an intimate writers group working through their material together," added Stears.
The class will focus on the fundamentals of dramatic story telling through exercises, lectures and weekly readings that build skills and understanding of basic concepts.
Students interested in submitting a play for the New Works Festival are encouraged to take this class.
"Our hope is that this class, combined with the New Works Festival, will eventually give birth to a full length original play that becomes part of our season in the performing art center," said Stears.
The three-unit class can be taken as an English class or a Theatre class, and will be held on Wednesday evenings, from 7 to 10 p.m. Students can find the class listed as either THEATR-230 or ENGL-107 and register online at www.canyons.edu.