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Script Analysis Intensive ONLINE (Spring 2018)

  • 16 Mar 2019
  • 13 Apr 2019
  • 4 sessions
  • 16 Mar 2019, 10:00 AM 1:00 PM
  • 23 Mar 2019, 10:00 AM 1:00 PM
  • 06 Apr 2019, 10:00 AM 1:00 PM
  • 13 Apr 2019, 10:00 AM 1:00 PM
  • Online
  • 8


  • This registration is for students new to Chicago Dramatists.


Script Analysis Intensive ONLINE
Instructor: Interim Artistic Director Dana Lynn Formby

Ask any playwright what a necessary skill is, and they say, “script analysis.” In this intensive, you will analyze full-length plays to identify decisions characters make and how the consequences of those decisions shape the character, translate subtext, identify differing process, learn to articulate what “The Big Idea” is, plus much more.

Prerequisites: Writing the Full-length 2 or prior playwriting coursework resulting in a full-length play

Where: On-line using Zoom or Google Hangouts. You will receive instructions on how to access the meeting site prior to class. You must have a solid internet connection along with a computer with working speakers so you can hear and a microphone so that the class and instructor can hear you.  A working camera is a bonus, but not 100% necessary. Pdfs will be shared via email or Google Docs prior to class, and some scenes will be read during class. You are expected to access class from a quiet place with limited interruptions and distractions. The instructor will contact you in the week before the class to do a "tech check" and make sure everyone can connect.

Sessions/Weekday 4 Saturdays
Start/End Date Mar 16 - Apr 13 (4 sessions) 
Time Slot 10:00am - 1:00pm
Notes Does not meet 3/30

About the Tier 2 Advanced Track

Comprising the Writers Studio’s advanced sequence, students will develop complex characters through actions and consequences, use dramatic language to enhance the world of the play, differentiate between plot and story and how to apply them through the use of time, employ the use of image as a dramatic tool to enrich conflict, and devise dynamic worlds on stage that involve components beyond dialog such as sound, music, movement, media, dance plus other components. Tier 2 culminates in a public reading of a student’s work.

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