Playwriting 1.1
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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Drama
Department: Playwriting
Course Number: TDRM 5171
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Playwriting
The bulk of playwriting 1.1 is devoted to exercises for creating scenes that are genuine and vital on a moment-to-moment basis. Good writing springs from the gut not the head, and no matter how intellectual, it must start from an emotional base. Many of the in-class exercises use sense memory, free association and reacting in the moment to reinforce the experience of writing from an uncontrolled and authentic place. In addition, they are set up so that they can be used to start a new play. Students are expected to type up their in-class exercises each week and bring them to the next class to be read aloud.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Students who wish to enroll in a graduate theater course at The New School for Drama must be accepted into the graduate theater program as a full-time student.


Open to School of Drama students.


Open to Graduate students.


Open to New York City students.


Open to Playwriting students.