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Stephen Spotswood

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.

How to Be A Playwright In The New Play Rehearsal Room
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How to Be A Playwright In The New Play Rehearsal Room

1 August 2015

Playwright Stephen Spotswood discusses his process during the development of his play The Last Burlesque, currently in performance.

Devising The Environment
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Devising The Environment

Experimenting Inside The Black Box

10 March 2015

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.

Devising the Environment
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Devising the Environment

Finding A Narrative In The Noise

8 January 2015

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.

A devising workshop.
Devising The Environment
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Devising The Environment

Mixing Science and Theater In The Classroom

26 November 2014

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.

Age, Privilege, And The Things I Say When I’m Not Thinking
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Age, Privilege, And The Things I Say When I’m Not Thinking

30 December 2013

Stephen Spotswood talks about the one underserved community that usually gets left out of the audience engagement conversation: seniors.

Stumbling Into Self-Dramaturgy
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Stumbling Into Self-Dramaturgy

What My Plays Taught Me

29 July 2013

Stephen Spotswood found that self-dramaturgy can illuminate personal themes and motive deeper analysis of the purpose of the work.

Two women standing among vines.
The Impact of Fringe on an Artist
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The Impact of Fringe on an Artist

A Five-Year Study

28 August 2012

Stephen Spotswood talks about how his experiences at Fringe influenced him as an artist.

Devising the Environment by Stephen Spotswood
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Devising the Environment by Stephen Spotswood

A record of the experience of teaching a devising class that would center on the environment.