Course Details

P142-8106.1M19 - Be Your Own Hero: A Playwright’s Journey

Course Details
Course Description:

By using Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey, Be Your Own Hero is a unique course that provides teachers the skills necessary to teach dramatic action which can be used in any medium - be it playwriting, television, or comic book writing. We often hear that good writers 'show and don't tell'. This class is geared through verbal, visual, oral, and improv creative exercises so the teacher emerges with several ways to reach their students - from those that are more verbal or visual, and for those that struggle with enjoying writing at all, or ESL students. The course also explores how the five senses in storytelling is crucial to world building and exploring our different dramatic writing mediums. What works in an audio drama might not in a TV show. What works on stage, would be told differently in a comic book, etc. But there are also many surprises how those mediums work together. Skills in plotting, communication of an idea, and the theater arts are all explored over these seven days where we explore how our own origin stories can help us create dynamic leading characters, and help us harness our own super power - the art of communicating new stories through words, stage pictures, pictures, and song.

Our classroom itself will be modeled after a TV 'writer's room' creating a strong collective for our days together. This is how the whole class is taught, modeling how teachers can have their students create dramatic writing in groups, or create work individually.

Teachers will:

- Write a short play exploring a personal story to explore how to encourage their students to explore personal stories in their own plays
- Write a short comic book strip exploring a historical character/text to learn how to marry historical events of their lives or within history with fiction
- Write a monologue which explores the differences between the mediums of theater (straight and musical), television, radio, and comic book writing
- Through a stage directions/screen directions session learn how those scripts are formatted and how those scripts are shared in the professional world
- Though a unique special one day 'structure workshop' learn the skills necessary to conquer structure, and differentiate the difference between plot points, beats, and details in dramatic storytelling.
- Though several on our feet group exercises, analyze the differences in storytelling techniques through different cultures (i.e. how manga has influence modern storytelling)
- Though exercises that are on our feet, visual or involve drawing (like creating a mini-comic), and new creative ways of writing, the class is designed to help teachers reach students who might be more verbal, visual, or musical. It also demonstrates how revising can be FUN.
- Pitch their own ideas, and learn how to guide their students in pitching their own ideas, creating a treatment, and strengthening the skills of scene work which includes: cause and effect, character motivation, and the voice of the writer.

Status: Closed for Registration Registration Deadline: 07/14/2019 Start Date: 07/15/2019 End Date: 07/23/2019
Location: 300 E 68th St , New York, NY, 00000 CTLE Hours: 36 No. of Credits: 3 Categories: Arts
Restricted: No CTLE Area: Content Grades: 9,10,11,12
Danielson Components 1e : Designing Coherent Instruction
3c : Engaging Students in Learning
Education Partner Information
Education Partner: Theatre Development Fund Contact:
Instructor # 1: Crystal Skillman Instructor # 2:
ASPDP Fee: $125.00 Education Partner Fee: $350.00 Materials Fee: $0.00 Total Fees: $475.00
ASPDP Payment Instruction:

Teachers will register through ASDPA, on the first day of class TDF will collect payments made directly to TDF in check, cash, or money order in the amount of $350. A receipt will be provided.