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Performance Poetry 101 w/ Dr. Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon (On Zoom)
This event takes place on the following dates
3/12/2024 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
3/19/2024 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
3/26/2024 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
4/2/2024 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Class Description:
This course combines an introduction to style and poetry writing with the Elements of Theater and performance poetry technique. With an appreciation for the theatricality of "dramatic text", Performance Poetry 101 introduces us to just how, the poem as a specific type of written work, functions as a representative example of live theater when performed. Paying specific attention to dramatic action, the structure of ideas, character development and performance, students in this class will try their hand at writing poetry across genres and learn to perform some of that poetry as an example of live theater.

Tuesdays, March 12 - April 2, 6-8pm EST

Dr. Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon, PhD (Cultural Anthropology), M.A. (Anthropology), MFA (Theater), Graduate Certificate) Women's Studies, B.A. (Journalism); is a Senior Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives and Innovation in the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts at Temple University and a Full Professor specializing in Urban Theater and Community Engagement in the Theater Department in the School of Theater, Film and Media Arts. Immediate-past President of the Faculty Senate at Temple University. Williams-Witherspoon is the author of Through Smiles and Tears: The History of African American Theater (From Kemet to the Americas) (Lambert Academic Publishing, 2011); The Secret Messages in African American Theater: Hidden Meaning Embedded in Public Discourse” (Edwin Mellen Publishing, 2006)

A hybrid researcher/scholar/performer, Williams-Witherspoon has had over 28 plays produced, 20 productions, 13 staged readings, 8 one-woman shows and she has performed poetry in over 120 national and international venues. Williams-Witherspoon is a contributing poet to 49 anthologies and magazines, author of 11 books of poetry, 9 book chapters, 7 journal articles and 2 books on African American Theater. She is the recipient of a host of awards and citations. Her scholarly work centers around pedagogy, women’s issues, the African diaspora, performance rituals and community engagement.

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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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