Masterclass: Translation & Adaptations

Wendy Weckwerth
March 2 & March 9 1:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Venue: 
Online & The Playwrights' Center
Cost: 
$75 for Members, $100 for Non-Member (payment plans available)

Class Type: Before the Play Class Level: Intermediate & Advanced

Join us for this six-hour multi-session masterclass on the art of translating in playwriting. This masterclass, taught by dramaturg Wendy Weckwerth, will take place over two consecutive Sundays. Participants should plan to attend both sessions. 


"I have come to the view that theater translation, unlike any other field of translation that I can think of, is the least well-defined, most misunderstood, and, dare I say, marginal of translation specializations." - William Gregory

This master class with dramaturg and translator Wendy Weckwerth will give you an opportunity to explore the complexities of translation and adaptation in a hands-on workshop setting. We’ll read some background material in advance, look at example translations, do a translation exercise (that doesn’t require you to speak another language—yes, that’s a head-scratcher), and discuss and experiment with adaptation. And perhaps most importantly, the class will flex to respond to the particular interests of its participants. Rendering a play into another language and transposing prose (or other genres) into theater are vital ways to share stories across cultures and forms. Adaptation and translation are deeply creative and generative acts of collaboration. Bring your curiosity and your brilliance.

Important Things to Note:

  • Sessions will take place on March 2, 2018 and March 9, 2018 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm (CST)
  • Payment plans are available as needed, please contact H. Adam to discuss
  • The class will have some pre-readings to be discussed in session one
  • Participants will have an assignment to complete between session one and session two

PostScript: In 2018, for the first time the National Book Foundation awarded a National Book Award for Translated Literature!


March 2, 2019 & March 9, 2019 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm CST: LOCAL Registration

March 2, 2019 & March 9, 2019 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm CST: ONLINE Registration

Questions? Email Education Coordinator, H. Adam Harris, at hadamh@pwcenter.org

Dramaturg Wendy Weckwerth and Core Writer Harrison David Rivers
Class type: 
Online
In-person (MSP)