Stop Thinking, Start Writing! Corralling the Imagination and Creating a Play
with Dominic Finocchiaro
Classes will be held virtually
starting February 20th-March 27th; Sundays 4PM-7PM
You have a wealth of ideas in your head and so much you want to say, but how on Earth to begin?! There is nothing more daunting than the empty page. In this six-week workshop, we will focus on generating material, on getting out of our own ways and trusting in our imaginations and in ourselves. We will approach writing from a number of different avenues: we will explore formalistic exercises and the ways in which rules and structures can actually unlock our creative processes; we will mine the self and our interior worlds for the feelings that we hold most dear and the themes that we cannot escape; and we will look at existing works in order to interrogate how the great writers of past and present build their worlds. As the workshop progresses, our time will become more tailored to the specific needs and desires of the writers present and the work that they are currently invested in. By the end of our time together, the goal is to have the bare-bones architecture of a full-length play, all of the ingredients that are most dear to you ready to be turned into the creative meal of your dreams!
Dominic Finocchiaro’s full-length plays include angel’s share, brother brother, brut, complex, The Found Dog Ribbon Dance, Gold Person, how it feels to fall from the sky, The Lucky Ladies, mother’s son, and Trees in their youth. His writing has been produced and developed around the country, including with Roundabout Theatre, the New Group, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Echo Theater, the Civilians, Clubbed Thumb, the Lark Play Development Center, the National New Play Network, Portland Center Stage, the Flea Theater, the Kennedy Center, PlayPenn, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Dixon Place, and the Amoralists. MacDowell and UCross Fellow. BA Reed College, MFA Columbia University, and currently a Lila Acheson Wallace Fellow at the Juilliard School.