Creative Collaboration in Writing and Performance (DRA4261.01)

Shawtane Bowen & Kirk Jackson

This class is about surviving the crucible of creative collaboration to satisfy the instant gratification of a hungry audience. Students write, produce and perform serialized stories. The class will divide into story line teams; each team writes and performs three scenes of a developing narrative every week. Each episode will necessitate meeting at least four times per week with your group: 1) to write a first draft 2) to rewrite a performance draft 3) to rehearse/tech the performance and 4) to perform for the campus community (Thursdays at 10pm) the combined alternating scenes from all story lines. The first half of the term will be devoted to collaborative writing exercises and assignments used to develop formulas for quick generation and collaborative processing of material, to establish teams and each story’s genre. Writing, producing and performing six weekly episodes constitute the second half of the term.


Learning Outcomes:
Weekly collaborative group writing.
Collaborative producing of weekly episodes
Performance of memorized, rehearsed material, weekly
Develop strategies for generating content, quickly and collaboratively
Shared responsibility for six final episodes


Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor upon receipt of writing sample by Nov. 5 and subsequent interview. Writing sample: email or google share, 3 pages minimum of dialogue or creative writing to both kjackson2@bennington.edu and shawtanebowen@bennington.edu or hard copy in Kirk's Dance/Drama Conference Room mailbox.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
T/Th 7:00PM-8:50PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 18
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

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