April 14, 2020 – May 19, 2020
Instructor: Randy Baker
This Class is Pay-What-You-Can! (Value $300)
An exploration of the many aspects of playwriting including characterization, dialogue, the unspoken word, stage directions, plot, the playwright-director relationship, script formats, and marketing. All students develop a ten-minute play which receives a reading from professional actors. Recommended for acting as well as playwriting students.
About Pay-What-You-Can Pricing: If you’re financially impacted during this time due to loss of work, we still want you to be able to take classes. Choose the tuition that fits your budget. If you haven’t lost work during this time, we hope you’ll consider enrolling at the full value to help compensate our teaching artists and ensure that others can continue to learn.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Randy Baker is a playwright, director and the co-Artistic Director of Rorschach Theatre in Washington DC. Recent shows he has directed with Rorschach include Very Still and Hard to See (Five Helen Nominations including Best Director), The Electric Baby, She Kills Monsters (as well as the site-specific 2019 revival), The Minotaur and After the Quake. Recent shows he has directed outside of Rorschach include the seven-room living installation piece, Hello, My Name Is… at The Welders (Three Helen Hayes nominations including Best Director), a shadow puppet gamelan-inspired A Midsummer Night’s Dream at WSC Avant Bard, Big Love at Catholic University, Anon/ymous at Georgetown University and his own adaptation of Rashōmon at American University. Recent plays he has written include the world premieres of Forgotten Kingdoms and Truth & Beauty Bombs: A Softer World at Rorschach Theatre and workshops and educational productions of The Burning Road (Arena Stage), Monastery (Theater J), Rashōmon (American University and Spooky Action Theatre), Circus of Fallen Angels (NCDA and American University) and wild42hold (George Washington University).
Upcoming and recent projects include The Legend of Hang Tuah at Pointless Theatre (an adaptation of the Malay Legend with shadow puppets and martial arts) and Wolves in the Lion City (A commissioned piece for the teens at Theatre Lab about American teens growing up in Singapore). Rorschach Theatre’s twentieth anniversary season is up and running (though temporarily on hold…).
Randy is an adjunct professor at George Washington University and is faculty at The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts. He has taught and has been a guest artist at numerous other institutions including American University, Georgetown University, Catholic University, The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts and Imagination Stage. He received his MFA in creative writing from Goddard College and is the Washington DC regional rep for the Dramatists Guild of America.