Playwriting Workshop

Workshop's identity and key information

  • Organizer: CHS Greece
  • Dates: February 23–24, March 30–31, 2019 (4 four-hour sessions, over two weekends; exact dates announced with the call for applications)
  • Location: Nafplio, Greece
  • Open to: All (up to 20 participants per cycle)
  • Workshop Coordinator:  Andreas Flourakis (playwright)
  • Program Coordination: Matina Goga (CHS Greece, matina.goga@chs.harvard.edu)
  • Held: Annually
  • Application deadlines: Opens late August, closes on September 16, 2018 (announced with the call for applications)
  • Language of the workshop: Greek

About the workshop

Overview

This workshop is aiming at further expanding Greek dramaturgy and the fostering of new playwrights. The workshops were addressed to young writers, who wanted to develop their skills in playwriting, focusing on the art of theatrical writing.

The topic of the last playwriting workshop was specialized, and dealt with the theatrical discourse of the 200th anniversary of the 1821 Greek War of Independence and the personal objects which are connected with the concept of history and rebellion in general, and the questions generated by these objects in relation to Greece, 200 years ago and today. During the workshop, participants used their personal perspective to explore thoughts, concerns, expectations and personal experiences from small-personal uprisings, while looking at our modern history through the eyes of theater.

The coordinator’s expectation was for new theatrical material to be produced, all emerging from the specific topic, which can be presented in the form of writing performance.

On September 21–22, 2019, thirty-six young playwrights, participants of the workshop were hosted by the Scene (+) group and presented the literary performance "Historical Objects" at BIP theater in Athens, which featured excerpts of the plays they created during the workshop. The playwrights challenged the audience, offering a new dimension to the concept of 'historical object'. Andreas Flourakis served as the literary advisor and editor of the performance, Georgia Angouridaki as the scenic and audio designer, and Christophoros Constas as the visual and lighting designer.
The literary performance took place on September 21 and 22, and was supported by the CHS Greece in cooperation with BIP theater.

Participation

Participation in the workshop is offered free of charge and on a first come-first served basis. When the application period is open all interested participants are invited to submit a playwriting inspired by the given topic, a brief description of their aspirations and motivation to apply, as well as their contact information.