Playwriting Workshop

Frank Higgins (Master Teaching Artist) (Lighton Prize) [ view artist bio ]

Playwriting Workshop


Using a collection of video clips from plays and movies, and scenes from which students will read, Frank teaches the basics of dramatic structure.  Older students compose their own scenes in small groups or individually; younger students adapt a folktale into a play.  Students will read on their feet in order to gain experience in public speaking, projection, and diction.


In a residency the scenes are performed as staged readings.


To schedule this program please contact us at 816-531-4022 or by email at



Grade Levels: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12

Fees: $110 for 1 workshop; $95 each, for 2 or more workshops on the same day / The break between workshops must not exceed 90 minutes to receive the reduced rate.

Maximum Audience Size: 30

Availability: Monday -Thursday anytime, Friday morning only

Program Length: 45 minutes

Location: At Your School

Teachers' Guide: Playwriting Workshop_TPG

Requirements: TV and VCR in classroom. Students need paper and pencil. Teachers must be present at all times during workshop.

Standards: 1.1 1.1 Knows how a culture's art works and artifacts reflect its values and beliefs.1.6 1.6 Understands that group and cultural influences contribute to human development, identity, and behavior.6.2 6.2 Can talk about characters and their actions in stories.6.5 6.5 Student will identify elements of fiction such as character, setting, plot, resolution and theme.6.6 6.6 Student will determine how characters' interactions affect plot development.7.7 7.7 Analyzes personal decisions in terms of the options that were considered.14.2 14.2 Understands how the wants and needs of characters are similar to and different from one's own wants and needs.14.4 14.4 Understands the emotional and social impact of dramatic performances in other cultures.14.5 & 14.7

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