Adapt Your Poem(s) for Stage: Transforming Poetry into Performance with Dana L. Stringer

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In recent years, there has been a growing trend among poets who are discovering the theatricality of stageworthy poems and making the transition from page to stage.  Poets are now looking at ways to move beyond readership to viewership by adapting their poetry into hybrid, avant-garde, fringe, and other experimental and highly stylized forms of theatre and performance.

January 27 – February 11, 2019

2-Week Online Writing Class

Class Description

In this two week exploratory course, students will learn basic elements of drama, ways to identify dramatic elements within poems, and approaches to adapting poetry text into performative text.

Class Objectives

·       Learn the basic elements of drama and how poems can be shaped into staged performances

·       Identify dramatic elements that are apparent and not so apparent in poetry

·       Discover ways to adapt poetry text into performative text

WHAT THIS COURSE WILL OFFER

WEEK ONE:  Page to Stage

We will learn how theme, plot, character, dialogue, setting, as well as visual and musical elements function in transforming poetry into performance.  We will also look at several poets who have either effectively adapted or had their poetry adapted for the stage.

WEEK TWO:  Poetry to Performance

We will identify and discuss dramatic elements within specific poem(s) and explore the various kinds of theatre that the poems are best suited for.

Dana L. Stringer

ABOUT DANA L. STRINGER

Dana Stringer is a poet, playwright, and writing instructor.  She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, where she also serves as an instructor and instructional facilitator in the inspiration2publication program.  She is the author of the chapbook In Between Faith (Black Picket Fence, 2014).  Her poetry has appeared in the African American Review, Rogue Agent Journal, as well as additional literary journals and anthologies. Dana has seven produced plays, and she is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Working Title Playwrights.  She resides in Atlanta, Georgia.