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Jazz Playwriting: Exploratory Playwright/Dramaturg Collaboration w/ Roger Q. Mason & Gaven Trinadad (On Zoom)

3/18/2024 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM ET

Class Description:
Join playwright Roger Q . Mason and dramaturg Gaven D. Trinidad as our course builds a new model of playwright-dramaturg collaboration.  We can't always write our plays alone.  Sometimes we need an ally - a dramaturg - to encourage us to trust our instincts and draw inspiration from our communities, lived experiences, and the power of the moment.  Drawing from jazz music as a method of creation, Mason and Trinidad will showcase how you can collaborate to build plays that engage with and honor community.  Using Mason’s Waiting for a Wake and The Duat as case studies, Mason and Trinidad will breakdown their process and conversations during play development. Participants will leave with tangible practices to use in their collaborative work, techniques that aim to activate and inspire every facet of your artistic partner.

Date/Time: March 18 (7pm - 10pm EST)

Bios:
Roger Q. Mason (Playwright - they/them) is a writer and performer who uses the lens of history to disrupt the biases that divide rather than unite us. Their playwriting has been seen on Broadway (Circle in the Square Reading Series); Off and Off-Off-Broadway; and regionally. Mason's World Premiere of Lavender Men was lauded by the Los Angeles Times as "evoking the mingled visions of Suzan-Lori Parks, Jeremy O. Harris and Michael R. Jackson." As a filmmaker, Mason has been recognized by the British Film Institute, Lonely Wolf International Film Festival, SCAD Film Festival, AT&T Film Award and Atlanta International Film Festival. Their films have screened in the US, UK, Poland, Brazil, and Asia. Mason holds degrees from Princeton University, Middlebury College, and Northwestern University. They are a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and Ma-Yi’s Writing Lab, as well as an alum of Page 73’s Interstate 73 Writers Group and Primary Stages Writing Cohort. Mason has co-hosted the podcast Sister Roger’s Gayborhood and hosted This Way Out Radio's Queerly Yours: Portraits in Courage. They are a lead mentor of The Marsha P. Johnson Institute’s Starship Fellowship, the New Visions Fellowship and the Shay Foundation Fellowship. Instagram: @rogerq.mason

Gaven D. Trinidad (they/he/siya) is a first generation Filipinx American dramaturgy, playwright, director, and educator from NYC. Their artistic work examines the intersections of race, language, immigration, queerness, ritual, community, and futurity. They taught undergraduate courses on the work of contemporary BIPOC playwrights at the University of Massachusetts Amherst under the mentorship of Dr. Priscilla Page. They’ve had the privilege to collaborate with folx in various artistic and administrative positions at places such as The Juilliard Drama Division, Musical Theatre Factory, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Roundabout Theatre Company, 2nd Stage, and National Queer Theater. Selected dramaturgy credits: The Duat (The Philadelphia Theatre Company, PlayPenn)Waiting for a Wake (Page 73), The Pink (Primary Stages), PreP Play, or Blue Parachute (National Queer Theater, NCTC), June is the First Fall (Yantze Repertory Theater), Collidescope 2.0 (Ping Chong + Company), Patience (2nd Stage). Selected directing credits: Joker (National Queer Theater), Are You There Truman? (Pride Plays, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Parsnip Ship, Leviathan Lab), Sa Aming Puso (Global Forms Theatre Festival, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, New York Theatre Salon). B.A. American Studies, Dickinson College; M.F.A. Dramaturgy, UMass Amherst. Proud former public-school teacher in Memphis, TN with Teach for America. Theatre Communications Group named them a 2021 Rising Leader of Color. Playwriting Groups/Fellowships: Orchard Project Greenhouse Lab; The Shelter NYC; Playground NYC; Ma-Yi Theatre Co. Labbie; The Parsnip Ship Play Club. As someone living with bipolar disorder, they are an advocate for Mental Health Awareness.www.gaventrinidadtheatre.com

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A Note From Our Education Department:

Sharing your play with the world is an incredible rush—but it’s also unarguably terrifying. After an often isolating writing process, your work is exposed for everyone to see. We know just how vulnerable writers are in these moments, and we’re passionate about helping to navigate them.
Here at PlayPenn, we offer our students supportive opportunities to test out new work and hone their craft, providing them with a sense of camaraderie at all stages of their writing careers. Our PlayPenn classes encourage writers to bounce ideas off of one another, commiserate about industry challenges, and be inspired by the world-class writers and industry experts leading each course. We apply this same ethos to The Foundry, our intensive writers group for emerging Philadelphia playwrights; and to our public readings of our students’ works in progress throughout the year.
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