Dr. Lloyd Arnett leads an online workshop on play-writing through Gallery 7 Theatre in Abbotsford starting Feb. 2. (Submitted photo)

Dr. Lloyd Arnett leads an online workshop on play-writing through Gallery 7 Theatre in Abbotsford starting Feb. 2. (Submitted photo)

Gallery 7 Theatre in Abbotsford holds online play-writing workshop

Six-week session starts Feb. 2, covering theory and practical sides

Gallery 7 Theatre in Abbotsford holds a virtual workshop starting Tuesday, Feb. 2 on the theory and practice of writing plays for the stage.

Play Writing: Shaping the Experience runs for six weeks via Zoom and is led by professional writer, professor, director and performer Dr. Lloyd Arnett.

‘This special workshop represents a perfect opportunity to convert those long winter nights into something educational, creative and engaging,” said Ken Hildebrandt, Gallery 7 Theatre artistic director.

“All experience levels are welcome for this hands-on experience that will explore both theory and the practical sides of writing a play. You’ll also enjoy great interaction with fellow participants as you share your play ideas, exchange initial script pages and provide each other helpful feedback. All from the comfort of your hoe!”

Play Writing: Shaping the Experience is an introduction to the art of play writing in two parts.

RELATED: Gallery 7 Theatre in Abbotsford holds online short-play festival

In part one, participants will study the theory of the art form from ancient to contemporary. The sessions will guide participants in crafting “an action” from which a play can be created and take them through the process of extending that into a “scenario” and the dialogue of a finished product.

Part two will be a workshop in which participants read and discuss scenes they have written on their journey to making a working play.

Along the way, participants will also learn about script-formatting, copyright, submission and the process of working on a live performance of their work.

Arnett has a PhD in theatre arts from the University of Pittsburgh; is a professional performer, a new-plays reader and dramaturg; has been a board member of various theatres; and has taught at the University of Pittsburgh, at Penn State University (New Kensington), and, for 30 years, at Trinity Western University.

Arnett has produced, directed, designed and written or adapted numerous productions. He directs at every opportunity and has taught play-writing courses and seminars in Canada’s Lower Mainland, the American east coast, and Taipei, Taiwan.

The workshop runs for six consecutive Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m., starting Feb. 2. Visit gallery7theatre.com or call 604-504-5940 to register or for more information, including cost.

Arts and EntertainmentTheatre

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Signs geared to protecting salmon habitat were damaged at the Fraser River near Chilliwack. (Facebook)
New signs for protecting Fraser River habitat near Chilliwack vandalized

Fishery officers want off-road users to enjoy river resource in the ‘least damaging way possible’

Abbotsford Regional Hospital (Black Press file photo)
Nurse assaulted at Abbotsford hospital in same ward as 2019 dumbbell attack

‘Completely unacceptable that nurses continue to be assaulted,’ says union president

Riverside Calvary Church in Walnut Grove. (Langley Advance Times file)
B.C. is ‘stereotyping’ churches as riskier for COVID than other spaces, lawyer argues

Judge said that freedom of expression, religion are not at issue in the case

A real estate sold sign hangs in front of a Canadian property Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy.
Fraser Valley Real Estate Board breaks sales records 6 months in a row

‘Levels never seen before in the 100-year history of the FVREB’

(Black Press file photo)
Harrison Mills boy, 11, dies from ‘extensive injuries’: Homicide team

Agassiz RCMP were called out Friday to assist with a child in medical distress

Older rental apartments are prime candidates for renovations, and could result in lost affordable housing stock. (Zoë Ducklow photo)
B.C.’s renoviction overhaul a good start, but won’t preserve affordable stock, lawyer says

And still no protection for people who can’t pay rent due to COVID-19

(Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)
B.C. WHL teams to hit the ice with Kelowna, Kamloops hub cities

Kelowna, Kamloops centres chosen to host B.C. WHL teams for 24-game regular season

A memorial to Hudson Brooks outside the South Surrey RCMP detachment. (File photo)
Surrey officer who fatally shot Hudson Brooks recounts ‘absolutely terrifying’ incident

Const. Elizabeth Cucheran testified at coroner’s inquest Tuesday morning

The machines are akin to ATMs and allow drug users at risk of overdose to get hydromorphone pills dispensed to them after their palm has been scanned to identify its unique vein pattern. (CANADIAN PRESS)
Feds dole out $3.5M for ‘vending machines’ to dispense safer opioids in B.C.

The machines are located in four cities across Canada, including Vancouver and Victoria

Kelowna’s lakefront visitor centre is one of 130 around the province. Tourism businesses have been hardest hit by COVID-19 restrictions on travel. (Destination B.C.)
Tourism, small business getting COVID-19 help, B.C. minister says

$300M grant program has delivered $50 million so far

The incident happened in downtown Castlegar. Photo: Betsy Kline
Castlegar teen recounts stabbing after stranger breaks into grandmother’s house

The unnamed teen survived a terrifying attack Feb. 21

Dr. Amit Desai of St. Francis Hospital receives a COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 17. (Photo courtesy of CHI Franciscan)
B.C. has now vaccinated more people from COVID-19 than total confirmed cases

B.C. has reached a milestone, vaccinating roughly 1.6% of its population from the coronavirus

Most Read