Athol Fugard says that playwriting is a craft: The playwright builds plays as a shipwright builds ships. Fugard likens creating a play to making a table – all four legs need to be solid so that the piece stands firmly on its own.
This 2015 Playwright Master Class will focus on the craft of playwriting, sharing time- tested techniques for creating solid structure, drama, character and dialogue. Through the course, students will master four essential pillars on which to build any great play.
|Session One: Structure
||Session Two: Drama
|Session Three: Character
||Session Four: Dialogue
Exercises to practice writing dangerously and writing the truth.
- Introductory Meeting (6-9:00 pm): Wednesday, 21 January
- Saturday Sessions (1-5:00 pm): 24, 31 January and 7, 14 February
- Class mini-lectures, discussions, and writing exercises
- At-home readings of plays, theory and writing assignments
Location: Westcliff, “The Glass House”
Fee: ZAR 950 for five classes
Fee includes a participant workbook with readings, theory, and exercises. Scholarships available.
Class limited to 12 participants.
To apply, send a one-paragraph personal biography and a one-paragraph motivation for taking the class by the 22nd of December, 2014.
Students requesting a scholarship should include an additional motivation.
Alex Burger is a playwright, screenwriter, and teacher with a professional background in issues of poverty and race. His newest play will premiere in 2015 staring Dorothy Anne Gould and Keketso Semoko. His play Whose Blood played to a fully sold-out run in London in 2011 and he won the 2010 Harvardwood award for his one-act play Three-Fifths. Alex is currently developing television content for Quizzical Pictures and is in discussion with Hollywood producers on a film and television project.
Alex teaches writing and Wits University and the Market Theatre Laboratory and is a judge for the South African Naledi Awards. Alex is a U.S. national who now makes Johannesburg his home. He is a former Vice President at AngloGold Ashanti. He holds an A.B. from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from INSEAD.
For more information:
Alex Burger email@example.com