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Character Intensive

  • 21 Apr 2018
  • 22 Apr 2018
  • 2 sessions
  • 21 Apr 2018, 10:00 AM 1:00 PM
  • 22 Apr 2018, 10:00 AM 1:00 PM
  • Chicago Dramatists
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Character Intensive Workshop
with Resident Playwright Emma Stanton 

What are your character's most ambitious dreams and darkest impulses? This two day workshop welcomes playwrights and theater artists who seek to learn more about a character in all stages of its development in an environment with play and curiosity at its center. Utilizing a diverse range of exercise (from Charles Mee, Lynn Nottage, and Maria Irene Fornes), participants will explore the voice and point of view of the character, how the character behaves in space and in relation to others, and lastly, participants will have the opportunity to collaborate and revise their work with professional actors for a final presentation at the end of the second day. Participants of this workshop will not only walk away with new material and a broader perspective of their characters, but they will carry with them tools that will help them approach their work with a sense of curiosity, rigor, and innovation.

Emma Stanton is a Chicago and New York playwright. Her work has been developed and produced by Roundabout Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, American Theater Company, Walkabout Theater, Red Tape Theatre, Oracle Theatre, Luna Stage, Dixon Place, New Dramatists, the 2016 ATHE Conference, and the 2017 Great Plains Theater Conference, where she was a MainStage Playwright.

Awards/Honors: Civics and Arts Foundation Playwriting Award for Emerging Artists in Chicago (Recipient), 2016 Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville (Finalist), 2017 National Playwrights Conference (Finalist), 2016 Susan Glaspell Award (Finalist), Columbia University/Roundabout Theater Underground Reading Series (Recipient), 2016 Jane Chambers Feminist Playwriting Award (Recipient), and the 2016 Princess Grace Award Playwriting Fellowship (Recipient). Emma spent the 2016-2017 season developing her work at New Dramatists in NYC (Princess Grace Fellowship) and at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago (2016-2017 Playwrights Unit). Emma is a current Semi-Finalist for the 2018 National Playwrights Conference and developing her work with Portland Playhouse, Roundabout Theatre's Space Jam series, and with Chicago Dramatists. Emma is a Resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists. MFA: Columbia University; emma-stanton.squarespace.com

Sessions/Weekday 1 Saturday/Sunday
Start/End Date April 21 - April 22
Time Slot 10:00 AM-1:00 PM Saturday 
10:00 AM-1:00 PM Sunday


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