Online Seminar: Investigating the Poet-Playwright

taught by Jerome Fellow Gethsemane Herron
Monday, February 21st from 7:00pm - 8:30pm CST
Online via Zoom
$5 for Members, $15 for Non-Members

Class Type: Playwriting Genre                        Class Level: All Experience Levels Welcome

When: Monday, February 21 @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm CT 

(5:00pm PT, 6:00pm MT, 8:00pm ET)

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

Structure: Lecture/presentation, discussion, in-class reading, writing prompts, and exercises

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“When talking isn’t enough, you sing.”

What are the limits of colloquial language? What are the limits of moving through time vs. how time expands or collapses? How can the two blend and what makes the blend successful? In this class, we define what makes a poem itself, what makes a play itself, and how the two combined to make theatricality out of language. 

This Is the Class for You if You:

  • Are interested in poetry and heightened language in service of stories for the stage.
  • Are a poet interested in transition to playwriting
  • Are interested in playing with language

What to Expect:

  • Sharing ideas and short excerpts with heightened language
  • Reading and writing in class




This subject is important because poet-playwrights are some of the most eminent creative playwrights around. From Donja Love to PWC alum August Wilson, finding a new entryway into language allows creativity beyond the naturalistic.

While sitting in my MFA class on structure, I began to tune out and dream my own class, one that combined poetry's creativity with playwrighting's relationship(s) with time. I love these two mediums and hope to share that love with you.


Gethsemane Herron is a playwright from Washington, D.C. She has developed work with JAG Productions, The Hearth, The Fire This Time Festival, The Liberation Theater Company, Roundabout Theatre Company, Ars Nova, and WP Theater, where she is a Resident Artist with Ars Nova's Play Group and 2020-2022 member of the WP Lab. Additional residencies from VONA and the Millay Colony. Winner of the Columbia@Roundabout Reading Series. Winner of the 45th Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival. Semi-Finalist for the Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Finalist for Space on Ryder Farm's Creative Residency, and the Van Lier New Voices Fellowship at the Lark. MFA: Columbia University. Proud member of the Dramatist's Guild. She's enamored with Sailor Moon and other magical girl warriors. She writes for survivors.

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