Techniques for the Specialist: Playwriting with Matthew B. Zrebski
The series meets for Four Saturdays 3/14 – 4/11
no class on 3/28
This intensive will dive deep into areas of playwriting that require special skills for a particular piece. How does one adapt a story from a non-theatrical medium? How does one approach writing the book of a musical as well as lyrics? How does one approach the one-person show? How does a playwright collaborate on a devised piece? Specific frameworks will be offered to assist in tackling the unique challenges of these less traditional forms of playwriting. Students will have opportunities to choose one or multiple projects and share work for both peer and instructor critique. No preparation is required. All material will be developed and written in class. Bringing an electronic device that can connect to the internet will be helpful so as to access online tools during the class.
The series meets 10am-1pm
Matthew is a founding member of Playwrights West and has had numerous original plays produced locally and nationally. As Portland Center Stage at The Armory’s resident teaching artist, Matt serves as lead instructor for the Visions & Voices high school residency program and frequently leads adult playwriting workshops. He is a two-time recipient of the Rosenfield Playwriting award and has won Drammy Awards for his scripts To Cape and Ablaze: an a cappella musical thriller. He has been a guest instructor for Portland Actors Conservatory and Literary Arts' Writers in the Schools program. He holds a B.F.A. in acting, directing, and playwriting from Southern Methodist University.