Playwriting & Beyond: Playwrights Discuss Moving into Writing Different Forms

Saturday, March 26, 2022
1:45 pm to 2:45 pm


Between COVID and the shuttering of theaters, low-paying playwriting commissions, and the proliferation of writers needed for online television and performance, many playwrights are venturing into other areas of writing beyond the proscenium. Hear from some of the top writers in our field about how they made the shift into other forms, how their playwriting skills helped/hurt their writing in these forms, and what to do if you are interested in working in areas outside the theater.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Playwriting_and_Beyond-_Playwrights_Discuss_Moving_Into_Writing_Different_Forms.pdf



Jacqueline Goldfinger is an award-winning playwright and librettist who seeks out unique collaborations, working across disciplines to create singular works of theatre and opera. Awards include: Yale Prize, OA Discovery Grant, and Smith Prize. Published by Routledge. www.jacquelinegoldfinger.com

Dan O’Brien is a playwright, poet, essayist, and librettist whose recognitions includes a Guggenheim Fellowship in Drama and two PEN America Awards. His fourth poetry collection, Our Cancers, and a collection of his essays on playwriting, A Story That Happens, were published in 2021.

Charise Castro Smith is a writer, producer, director, and actor. Playwrighting credits include El huracán (Yale Rep) and Feathers and Teeth (Goodman Theatre). Film/television credits include The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix), Sweetbitter (Starz), and Encanto (Walt Disney Animation Studios).

Beth Kander is an author, playwright, and educator. The granddaughter of immigrants, she writes stories that explore worlds old and new. Honors include Henry Awards, Getchell, PitchWars, Indie Forward, etc. She is the resident playwright at Ashland New Plays Festival and is represented by Allison Hellegers/Stimola. www.bethkander.com


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