Department of Design, Art and Performance (Theatre and Performance Studies) invites you for a talk on "Playwriting, Power, and the Personal" by Kristin Idaszak.
About the Talk
Theatre can either uphold or subvert the status quo, but it cannot abdicate the political and social context in which it is performed. This craft talk will explore how playwrights can use dramaturgical tools such as dramatic structure, dialogue, and stage directions to create complex sociopolitical worlds within their plays and be in conversation with the real world context in which the audience enters into the work. We will also discuss the roles of personal narrative, vulnerability, and empathy within political storytelling. We will investigate the relationship between playwriting, power, and worldbuilding by engaging in a short generative writing exercise.
About the Speaker
Kristin Idaszak is a Chicago-based, internationally produced playwright whose recent work focuses on climate change, gender, and disability. She is a two-time Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellow and the former Shanke Playwriting Fellow at the Goodman Theatre. Idaszak has received the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and the Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award. She has received commissions from EST/The Sloan Foundation, Goodman Theatre, Cleveland Play House, and the St. Louis Shakespeare Festival, among others. Idaszak teaches at Northwestern University and DePaul University in Chicago. MFA: UC San Diego.