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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Drama
Department: Playwriting
Course Number: TDRM 5281
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Playwriting
Through the first semester of the graduate playwright’s second year of study, students will learn to analyze the mechanics of one act plays, and from this knowledge they will write a one play of their own incorporating strategies, techniques and structural principles discussed in class. We will use a mixture of classic and modern one act plays as a basis for illuminating the most effective practices of master playwrights. The class will be expected to read an assigned one act play each week, and to write a one sentence, and then a one paragraph synopsis of the dramatic action of the play, which they will read aloud in class and discuss. Writing exercises will be assigned based on specific issues raised in each week’s play reading, and we will try always to draw comparisons between techniques and rules that have been followed from classic Greek drama to television sitcom.
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.