*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List


This course is intended for both beginning and mid-level playwrights. Guided by principles of characterization and dramatic action, participants will work initially on sketch scenes, and then culminate the course in the writing and revision of a one-act play. Participants will read their work aloud in class and receive structured feedback from classmates and the instructor. (Minimum 5 students; maximum 10.)

Instructor Bio:

Paul Hildebrand was the founder and 20-year artistic director of the Shenandoah International Playwrights Retreat. He was the founder and producing director of ShenanArts in Staunton (1981-2001), the artistic director of the New Playwrights Theatre of Washington (1975-79), and a program administrator with the National Endowment for the Arts (1971-75).  He was co-chair of the Theatre Department at Eastern Mennonite University (2002-04). Paul recently retired from a tenured professorship of Theatre at Hanover College in southeastern Indiana (2004-16) and has returned to his home in Staunton, where he is currently a consultant to the Arts & Humanities program at the Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School.

Required Reading:

Personal laptop to exchange and read each others’ scripts.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A62 Paul Hildebrand Mar 14, 21, 28, Apr 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16 Tu 7:00-8:30 p.m. Hampton Inn Staunton A

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