Jordan College of the Arts
Department of Theatre

The New Harmony Project

On Friday, Nov. 13th, 2009, Butler Theatre hosted a free playwriting workshop offered by The New Harmony Project, one of the country's finest new play development labs. Butler Theatre students were joined by college students and faculty from Ball State, Anderson, Marian, and Ivy Tech for an exciting afternoon of workshop activities led by Paul Walsh, Artistic Director of The New Harmony Project and professor of dramaturgy at the Yale School of Drama and by popular playwright Ken Weitzman, visiting professor of Playwriting at Indiana University.

Harmony Project 1

Workshop Information

Story, Character and the Source of Inspiration, the hands-on workshop explored imaginative and creative approaches to dramatic writing for the contemporary stage. It included a discussion of trends in contemporary playwriting as well as specifically designed writing exercises geared to address the basic building blocks of dramatic writing (story and character) and source of inspiration and creativity for the young writer. The workshop concluded with a conversation between Weitzman and Walsh about the life of the playwright today in contemporary America and time for workshop participants to ask questions about the profession.

Harmony Project 2