Stephen Spotswood is a DC-based playwright, educator and journalist who received his MFA in Playwriting from Catholic University in 2009. He is a member of the next generation of the independent playwriting collective The Welders, and is a company member with Forum Theatre, and Pinky Swear Productions. He is the winner of the 2007 Paula Vogel Award, 2009 Mark Twain Award for Comic Playwriting, 2010 Christopher Brian Wolk Award, and the 2015 Larry Neal Award in Dramatic Writing. Produced works include: Walking The City of Silence and Stone (Forum Theatre); In The Forest, She Grew Fangs (Washington Rogues); We Tiresias (Best Drama, Capital Fringe Festival 2012); When the Stars Go Out (Bright Alchemy Theatre); Sisters of Ellery Hollow; The Resurrectionist King (Active Cultures Theatre); Off A Broken Road (Imagination Stage); and A Creation Story for Naomi (Bright Alchemy). You can follow him on Instagram, and Twitter at @playwrightsteve. Learn more about his upcoming projects at playwrightsteve.com, and read his plays on http://newplayexchange.org.
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Playwright Stephen Spotswood discusses his process during the development of his play The Last Burlesque , currently in performance.
In this last post in his series, Stephen Spotswood reports on the piece of theatre his students devised, and muses on its successes and everyone’s willingness to participate.
Everyone starts to wonder what they’re creating with Stephen Spotswood on his journey to devise a piece with both environmental studies and theatre majors.
The class is split almost right down the middle between theater majors and environmental studies students, with a few crossovers. That first day we have a much more immediate question to answer: Did this mix of drama and science students have the capacity to merge together into the ersatz devising company we needed them to be? Would they be open-minded, generous, and willing to play? If not, the entire semester would be an uphill process.