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Workshop: Storytelling for the Stage: A Playwriting Workshop / Darren Canady

  • The Writers Place 3607 Pennsylvania Ave Kansas City, MO, 64111 United States (map)

Instructor: Darren Canady

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$60/$45 members

Open to all levels, good for beginners.

In this three-hour workshop, we’ll use exercises, discussion, and sharing of original work to explore what kinds of stories can have their most compelling life on the stage. Working our way through basic dramatic structure, we’ll find ways to expose each writer’s unique storytelling voice by using the tools of strong storytelling, plot, character.


DARREN CANADY hails from Topeka, KS. His play, False Creeds, was named the winner of the Alliance Theater’s Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition and was also developed at the O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwright’s Conference. False Creeds was also a finalist for the Abingdon Theatre Company’s Christopher Brian Wolk Award and the Goldberg Prize in Playwriting. Another play, Brothers of the Dust, has received recognition in the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Competition, the Theodore Ward Prize for African-American Playwriting, the James W. Rodgers Playwriting Competition and was produced by Congo Square Theatre (Black Excellence Award, Black Theatre Alliance Award, ATCA Osborn Award, Jeff Award nom.). How Theo Changed His Name, an opera for which Darren provided the libretto, was premiered through the Pittsburgh (PA) Symphony Orchestra. His play You’re Invited appeared in The Best American Short Plays 2010-2011. His work has been seen at the Quo Vadimus Arts’ ID America Festival, the Fremont Centre Theatre, Chicago’s Congo Square Theatre, and the BE Company. Darren is an alum of Carnegie Mellon University, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Juilliard School. He is a former member of Primary Stages’ Dorothy Strelsin New Writers Group, and a past participant in the T.S. Eliot US/UK Exchange. He currently teaches playwriting at the University of Kansas.