Playwriting II: Intermediate Playwriting

A continuation of work begun in Introductory Playwriting, in this class, students will complete either one full-length play or two long one-acts (40-60 pages) to the end of gaining a firmer understanding of characterization, dialogue, structure, and the playwriting process. In addition to questions of craft, an emphasis will be placed on the formation of healthy creative habits and the sharpening of critical and analytical skills through reading and responding to work of both fellow students and contemporary playwrights of note.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:

THR 205 and permission of the instructor. Please email Nathan Davis,, for permission to enroll.



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Photo by Elizabeth Q. Davis

This course rotates a professional playwright every spring, supported by the Berlind Playwriting Fund.

Nathan Alan Davis’ plays include Nat Turner in Jerusalem (New York Theatre Workshop, 2016), Dontrell Who Kissed the Sea (NNPN Rolling World Premiere; Steinberg/ATCA New Play Citation, 2015) and The Wind and the Breeze (New Harmony Project residency; premiering at Cygnet Theatre, 2018). Recent commissions and development include: Arena Stage, McCarter Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Public Theatre, Seattle Rep. and The Lark. Nathan is a Lecturer in Theater at Princeton University, a Usual Suspect at NYTW and a 2016 graduate of Juilliard’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program. He received his MFA from Indiana University and his BFA from the University of Illinois.



Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM


Nathan Davis