Group Playmaking aka Devised Theatre

Did you know you can make a wildly original play without starting with a script? Commonly called “devised theatre,” this theatre form is a way of collectively authoring a new play using the input and contributions of all participants. These contributions can be in the form of written text, myths, physical choreography, research, props, music,…

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Write a Brand New Play All in One Day!

This workshop is an introduction to the art and craft of playwriting. We will read one short masterpiece of theatre together out loud, and follow with a facilitated discussion of its narrative and story structure, ideas and motifs, and its special world. You will be guided through several warm-up writing exercises and then we will…

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The People’s Library

The People’s Library is a highly collaborative, sustainable and interactive public art project. Using books that would otherwise be thrown away, community members are coming together to design and build a library that can include all of our histories. During the workshop participants will make paper from the recycled books, silk screen title pages and bind the new paper to create blank books. Participants will then have the chance to author their own book which, when finished, will become part of the Main Branch of the Richmond Public Library’s permanent collection. Once finished, the books can be checked out by anyone in the community creating a real and symbolic meeting place for our diverse state. The workshop will begin with a twenty minute presentation about the project, its inspirations, and the permanent installation of the work.

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Ekphrastic Poetry in the Gallery and/or Museum Setting

Participants will write poetry, inspired by paintings, photography, and sculpture located in the gallery and/or museum where the workshop takes place. Poet and painter Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda will use reproductions from Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ collection to introduce ekphrastic poetry — a traditional approach to writing about art — and then select artwork from the statewide partner’s collection to inspire poems.

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Discover Your Inner Poet: Art-Inspired Writing

This workshop is an art and word lover’s feast. Reproductions and images from VMFA’s vast collection inspire poems, journal entries, and prose vignettes. A variety of poetic forms, including the highly imaginative dramatic monologue and ekphrastic formats, enables participants to uncover the inner writer that resides in us all. This interactive session is tailor-made for anyone with a willingness to explore the unique qualities of written language that help define each writer’s voice.

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