A GODDESS WORKSHOP FOR PLAYWRIGHTS, with Laura Shamas, Ph.D.
Saturday, May 22, 1-4 p.m.
Los Angeles Women's Theatre Project
This 3-hour playwriting workshop explores goddess identity and the “archetypal feminine” for playwrights. We’ll examine the power of myth, and sample ancient depictions of divine feminine deities from Aristophanes, Sophocles, Euripides and Sappho. We'll discuss if/how these relate to our understanding of the “active female” in today’s theater. We’ll move next to exercises, and brainstorm about how playwrights can use goddess myths as springboards for new plays, new adaptations and new approaches. Each participant will leave with a list of references and exercises for future exploration. (No previous myth experience necessary.)
Bio: Laura Shamas, Ph.D., has taught myth adaptation for dramatic writers at several universities, most recently in Hollins University's MFA Screenwriting program (2009). She's written 30 plays. Website: laurashamas.com.
Note from LAWTP: "This workshop will fill up quickly. Space is limited. Enroll now -www.LAWomensTheatreProject.com or call 818/471-9100. The Los Angeles Women's Theatre Project is a 501c3 Nonprofit Organization. All monies from this workshop will be used to support our performances and programs."