Course Details

P142-8910.1S20 - Be Your Own Hero: A Playwright's Journey

Course Details
Course Description: Course Description By using Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey, Be Your Own Hero is a 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. This class is geared through verbal, visual, oral, and improvisation 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 with how those mediums work together. Skills in plotting, communication of an idea, and the theatrical arts are all explained over this course 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. Teachers will: - Write a short play exploring a personal story to demonstrate how to encourage their students to use their own personal stories in their own plays - Write a short comic book strip examining a historical character/text to learn how to marry historical events of their lives or within history with fiction - Write a monologue which demonstrates the differences between the mediums of theater (straight and musical), television, radio, and comic book writing - Through stage directions/screen directions session learn how those scripts are formatted and how those scripts are shared in the professional world - Though a "structure workshop" learn the skills necessary to 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 influenced 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. - Teachers will learn the origin and idea behind an "origin story" - Pitch their own ideas, and learn how to guide their students in pitching their own ideas. Pitching is a clarity of communication, a writer has to have a concise understanding of their own work and what goal they seek to achieve. Pitching is the final act, pitching is marketing and selling yourself, useful both in education and the workforce. Students often become frustrated when they are trying to communicate their ideas and are misunderstood. Pitching is a skill that allows the students to find a home for their ideas in a concise way. - Keep a daily reflective journal and create individualized lesson plans - Demonstrate mastery of the techniques taught and modeled - See two live performances for modeling and inspiration, either Broadway or Off-Broadway 6pm-9pm 2/4/20 2/11/20 2/25/20 3/3/20 3/10/20 3/17/20 3/24/20 3/31/20 4/7/20 4/21/20 4/28/20 5/5/20 5/7/20 (Thurs.) TWO SHOWS WILL BE ATTENDED, DISCUSSED, AND USED AS MODELS TO LEARN FROM- this will make up the final 6 hours of class time
Status: Closed for Registration Registration Deadline: 02/03/2020 Start Date: 02/04/2020 End Date: 05/12/2020
Location: 520 8th Ave. Suite 801 , New York, NY, 10018 CTLE Hours: 45 No. of Credits: 3 Categories: Arts
Restricted: No CTLE Area: Content Grades: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12
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 Theatre Development Fund will collect payments made directly to Theatre Development Fund in check, cash, or money order in the amount of $300. A receipt will be provided.