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Beyond Baroque Literary | Arts Center
681 North Venice Boulevard Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California 90292
FUNDAMENTALS OF PLAYWRITING: A TEN-WEEK SUMMER COURSE, WITH LEON MARTELL
Award-winning playwright, instructor, and actor Leon Martell teaches a special ten-week course on the fundamentals of playwriting!
We’ve all got stories, feelings and ideas that we would like to share with the world, and a play is a great way to bring those to life for an audience. In this playwriting workshop we will:
-Practice developing ideas into dramatic stories.
-Create unique and three-dimensional characters with needs and desires that drive them through a story.
-Develop dialog, action, conflict, and a unique voice.
-Use the techniques developed by actors and directors to access the complexity of characters and find the fears and longing that cause them to take action.
-Work to find the style that best expresses your work.
-Finish with a roughed out one-act play or an act of a full-length play.
The final session session will feature professional actors presenting scenes from students' work in Beyond Baroque's theater!
Tuesdays, 7:30 PM — 10:30 PM, June 20 — August 22
Final reading Friday, September 8 at 8 PM.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Leon Martell has an MFA from the University of Iowa and is the co-founder of the Duck’s Breath Mystery Theater, performing with them nationwide, and on NPR, PBS and FOX. A member of the Padua Hills Festival and Sam Shepard’s writing workshop, his play with music, “STEEL — John Henry and the Shaker” received seven Ovation Award nominations including Best New Musical. He currently writes for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Youth Concert Series, integrating dramatic action with the symphony for performance at the Hollywood Bowl.
NOTE: NO CLASS WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY, JULY 4. FINAL SPECIAL SESSION WILL BE HELD IN BEYOND BAROQUE'S THEATER ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 AT 8 PM.
Limited to twelve participants.