Students each have their own individual way of learning. Therefore, in my Introduction to Theatre course designed for the non-theatre major, I have assignment "options" whereby students select the assignment that may be of most interest to them. Over the years, options have included the 1) traditional response paper to viewing a Department of Theatre production, 2) presenting a prepared audition monologue (in front of the class), 3) a voice-over acting assignment (recording two fully-produced commercials), 4) an assignment titled, "Theatrical Insight" which may vary in specific topics from semester to semester, and 5) a creative writing assignment. Other assignment options in past semesters have included designing a production poster, writing a publicity article. and even a design assignment.
As with any Intro course, playwriting is a topic addressed in the class. Of course, if I assigned a ten-minute play to write or even a scene it might be a bit overwhelming. Where to begin? However, to provide a bit of insight my students embrace the following in regards to their creative writing project. So far, it's become one of the more popular assignment options amongst freshman.
The student selects a nursery rhyme to serve as a starting point and an inspiration in developing the given circumstances of their selected nursery rhyme by creating a narrative detailing what we know and what we are about to know about the characters, place, situation and more. Creating dialogue is a requirement of the assignment. In addition, the student must write a short paper focusing on their process.
The stories in this section are a sampling of student work, their imaginations, and the unexpected outcome that sometimes is the result of being creative. The stories featured on this web site are noted above beginning with Little Jack Horner (top left) which I've adapted into a short screenplay. One more creative project on my "do list".