From Paintings to Plays: A Pedagogical Approach

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This will be an interactive workshop focused on using paintings to generate narratives and develop characters for stage plays and film scripts. After some initial discussion about script structure, character development and language, participants will collaborate during the workshop time to write short scenes based on selected paintings. The scenes will then be presented and discussed by the group. Particular attention will be paid to how paintings and other prompts can catalyze the imagination for both beginning and advanced writers and students of writing.


Keywords: Theatre, Plays, Script Writing, Paintings, Workshop, Visual Arts
Stream: Performing Arts Practices: Theatre, Dance, Music
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Dr. Roy M. Vestrich

Professor, Department of Communication
Department of Theatre Arts, Castleton State College

Castleton, Vermont, USA

Roy M. Vestrich is a Professor of Communication and Theatre Arts, and Coordinator of the Film Studies Program at Castleton State College (since 1988). He holds a Ph.D. in Communication and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has presented papers on subjects ranging from film history, arts pedagogy, and higher education theory at numerous academic conferences and is a former President of the Northeast Popular Culture Association.His publications include art and dance criticism, essays on film, and essays and editorials on higher education issues. His paintings have been exhibited in New England regional galleries, in 1991 he was competitively selected for the Warner Bros. Television Comedy Writers Workshops and his play, “Green Mountain Bucks” was presented at the Edward Albee Theatre Festival in Valdez, Alaska (1999).

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