Free Online Seminar: Finding Inspiration in Artifacts

taught by Affiliated Writer Katie Bender
Tuesday, May 19, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Online via Zoom

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Playwrights’ Center is taking action to connect people with their communities and create income streams for theater artists who are out of work. Any and all are welcome to join!

Class Type: The Play Class Level: All Experience Levels Welcome

When: Tuesday, May 19, 6:00pm - 8:00pm CDT (4pm PDT, 5pm MDT, 7pm EDT)

Where: Online via Zoom, check out this quick video on the process.

Structure: Lecture w/light participation and exercises 

Participants must register to join this class, Sign Up at the bottom of the page

A thing in the sense of being present-at-hand: a rock, a piece of wood, a pair of pliers, a watch, an apple . . " - Martin Heidegger

This seminar will cover how to use artifacts to inspire new material, shake out of old habits or styles and add clarity to present values. This class is especially helpful to writers, devisers and or performers looking to dive into new material. Participants can expect to learn techniques for drawing inspiration, content, and structure from artifacts. Why is this subject important? History is not a fixed mark but a story retold over and over, by engaging with artifacts from our past we learn our origin stories and myths and in retelling them lay to claim to who we are.

Important Things to Note:

  • This class is offered free of charge
  • This class will be offered online only

PostScript: Katie Bender is a playwright, theater-maker and performer currently living in Austin, Texas. Her most recent shows, Instructions for a Seance and Survivors, an Alamo Play were inspired by artifacts and an ongoing interest in American myths. 

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Questions? Email Education Coordinator, H. Adam Harris, at

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