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Convergence Theatre's Julie Tepperman will be teaching an Introduction to Playwriting course at the University of Toronto, as part of their School of Continuing Studies.

May 4th - June 22nd

Wednesday nights from 6:30-9:00pm

(8 classes / 20 hours of instruction)

COST: $649.00

LOCATION: St. George Campus - 15 Kings College Circle

All students who complete the course will receive a certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto.




Beginning playwrights will explore a series of techniques and strategies for getting started writing, while identifying several important elements in playwriting, including: structure, style, premise, character, relationships, dialogue, monologue, environment, time, and keeping the stakes high.

We will read excerpts from existing plays in an effort to examine the inherent strengths and weaknesses of writing text for live performance, with an emphasis on what makes something ‘playable’.

There will be ample opportunity for participants to explore their voices through individual and group writing exercises in class, as well as on their own in between classes – there will be small homework assignments given at the end of each class. We might also play with putting some of the material up on its feet as a way of illustrating how improvisation can contribute to the writing process - no acting experience required!

Students will be required to write a complete one-act or short play, which we will read out loud in the last two classes. Feedback will be given from the instructor as well as classmates, in order to practice ‘healthy dramaturgy’ techniques.
If there is interest, some time can be devoted to discussing the business of playwriting, including: how to find a dramaturge, pitching theatres, applying for playwrights’ units, getting published, and an overview of existing grants for playwrights.

Julie Tepperman is an award winning actor, published playwright, and educator. Selected playwriting credits include: ROSY as part of AutoShow (one of NOW Magazine’s Top Ten Productions of 2006); I Grow Old as part of The Gladstone Variations (4 Dora nominations including outstanding new play; #2 in NOW Magazine’s Top Ten Toronto Productions of the Decade); YICHUD (Seclusion) (published by Playwrights Canada Press; Capital Critics’ Circle nomination for Outstanding Production); a re-imagining of the August Strindberg play The Father (Winnipeg Jewish Theatre). Most recently, Julie co-created BRANTWOOD – an epic 15hr. immersive musical theatre choose-your-own-adventure, that had audiences following characters all over an abandoned high school (co-created, written and directed with Mitchell Cushman, as part of Sheridan’s Canadian Musical Theatre Project.) Currently: Julie is collaborating with composer Chris Thornborrow on Selfie, an opera for teens, commissioned by Tapestry Opera, and on a new musical with composer Kevin Wong which was recently featured at the AGO as part of Acting Up Stage Theatre's Reframed. Teaching: Julie has taught playwriting and collective creation workshops for The Stratford Festival, The Luminato Festival, Ryerson University (Act II Studio), Tarragon and Factory Theatres, the JCC, the TDSB, the Canadian Opera Company, and regularly teaches workshops for The Toronto Fringe Festival and George Brown Theatre School. Julie was Playwright-In-Residence at Theatre Passe Muraille in 2010/11 with the support of the Canada Council. She is co-artistic director of Convergence Theatre, with Aaron Willis, twice voted by NOW Magazine as "The Best Site-Specific Theatre Company in Toronto."

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