with Doug Moser and Marie Anne Chiment
As playwrights we are asked to act as directors, actors, and even designers. How we set our plays is crucial to their success. And how we describe our ideas to a reader can influence whether a play is picked up for production. The need to be concise and clear in description is essential – but also how your play unfolds in front of an audience becomes another layer. This workshop is a rare opportunity to deepen your understanding of the collaborative nature of theatre through discussion with a professional director and award-winning designer.
Marie Anne Chiment will share her process for finding the right design to get the most out of the work. We’ll start with taking a well-known play, reading what the playwright’s description of the setting, and finding whatever clues we can find in the work. From early sketches to detailed renderings, scale models, and photos of finished productions, Ms. Chiment will help clarify what is needed and useful in your descriptions. What atmosphere do you want to create? What response do you want to elicit? Director (and playwriting instructor) Douglas Moser will join in, sharing techniques he’s used over the years to make the most of the collaborative process.
After the design demonstration, we’ll offer simple exercises to try with your work-in-progress (or anything else you might be working on). With a better understanding of the design process, writers will find new ways to express their needs and envision their work on a professional stage. This lively seminar will appeal to theatre lovers as well as creators, to get a glimpse into the process of design.
Marie Anne Chiment has designed sets and costumes for hundreds of productions across the nation and around the world. Marie’s US credits include national tours of GREASE! and CAROUSEL, the Broadway musical METRO, as well as designs for the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the Seattle Opera, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the Arena Stage. Marie is the recipient of 2 Kevin Kline Awards, the Judy Award, the GLAMA Award and her sets and costumes have been nominated for the Helen Hayes Award and the Barrymore Award. Her set and costume designs were chosen by Lincoln Center in New York City for their exhibit “CURTAIN CALL: CELEBRATING A CENTURY OF WOMEN IN DESIGN FOR THE PERFROMING ARTS”.
For more information, please call 203.227.3250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
LIMITED TO 7 STUDENTS
Online via ZOOM
7pm to 10pm
Tuesday, June 16th