Playwriting With WIll Power


Playwriting With WIll Power



Short description of class: This course in playwriting is an exciting opportunity for Dramatists to hone their craft, make connections, and learn from their peers in a rigorous and supportive environment.  Under the tutelage of award winning dramatist and Doris Duke Artist Power, participants will be guided through a series of activities designed to strengthen their writing skills and sharpen their self-reflective dramaturgical eye.   Convening at Erin Washington’s Soul Center, the group will meet on a weekly basis for 8 weeks. The sessions will focus on developing dramatic works from conception to page to stage. Each playwright will create in session a three-scene sequence that will then culminate in a public reading.  The program will also allow playwrights some flexibility to bring in pre-existing material (IE a full draft or a section of a play) for further development. Course participants will also receive one meeting over coffee with instructor Will Power and an industry professional whose skills are relevant to each participants’ writing and career goals. 

Instructor Name: Will Power

Will Power is an internationally renowned playwright, performer, lyricist and educator. His plays and performances have been seen in hundreds of theaters and concert halls throughout the world including Lincoln Center (New York), The Public Theater (New York), The Battersea Arts Centre (U.K.), The Sydney Opera House, as well as numerous venues in Asia, Africa, Europe and throughout North America.

Called “The best verse playwright in America” by New York Magazine, Mr. Power is an innovator and dramatic explorer of new theatrical forms. He is known as one of the pioneers and co-creators of hip hop theater, a late 20th Century art form that led the way for future iconic works such as Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, as well as dozens of hip hop education programs being established throughout the country. Power is also a master craftsman of traditionally based plays and musicals. His straight play, Fetch Clay, Make Man, has been produced in various LORT theaters and regional companies including the McCarter Theater, New York Theater Workshop, the Round House Theater, True Colors Theater Company, The Ensemble Theater, and Marin Theater Company to name a few. Other plays include Stagger Lee (Dallas Theater Company), Five Fingers of Funk (Children’s Theater Company), and The Seven (La Jolla Playhouse, New York Theater Workshop, Ten Thousand Things Theater Company, and others). Power’s collaboration with Anne Bogart’s SITI Company and composer Julia Wolfe resulted in the performance piece Steel Hammer (Humana Festival, UCLA Live, Brooklyn Academy of Music, plus World tour).

Power has received numerous awards for his work as a writer and performer in the field including The Doris Duke Artist Award, a Lucille Lortel Award, a United States Artist Prudential Fellowship, an NEA/TCG Residency Grant, TCG Peter Zeisler Memorial Award, a NYFA Award, an Andrew Mellon Playwright in Residence Grant, and a Joyce Foundation Award.

Power is also a passionate teacher of writing and performance. He has held fellowships, residencies and faculty positions at the City College of New York, Princeton University, Occidental College, Wayne State University, The University of Michigan at Flint, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Massachusetts (Amherst). Currently, Will Power is the Distinguished Visiting Professor of theater at Spelman College in Atlanta. 

Meeting Day/ Time

10/24, 10/29, 11/7, 11/12, 11/19,11/26,12/3,12/10

132 Mitchell St. SW, 3rd Floor


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How to apply

 With your application, please submit 10 pages of your best narrative writing, along with a 1 page summary as to why you’d like to be a part of the course, your goals as a writer, and the ways in which you’d like to develop as an artist. 

Email to soulcenterevents@gmailcom