Performing arts program hosts seminar

Award-winning playwright Mona Smith offers writing advice | September 27, 2002

The Xavier Players theatre group is partnering with Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival to present a playwriting seminar with Mona Smith. The workshop is part of a yearlong series to aid the students in writing, producing and directing plays. The seminar is Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 29, from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. The two-day event takes place in Room 330 in the Gallagher Student Center. Annually, the performance arts program holds a workshop for students to submit one-act plays. This year the department developed a playwriting seminar to precede the workshop. The seminar is required for those students wanting to submit completed works. Smith offers workshop participants script analyses, group writing exercises, and creative ways to stimulate storylines and characters. She will also review student works on site. Smith, former investigative reporter for “The Miami Herald,” is an award-winning playwright with works performed in New York and California. Her credits include the John Golden Award for Playwriting in 1992 and 1994 and Leta Stetter Hollingsworth fellowships in 1992 and 1993. She is the author of “Becoming Something: Canada Lee.” This Off-Broadway play follows the life of Canada Lee, the first African-American actor of his time during the era of Sen. Joseph McCarthy. Currently she is writing a social biography of “Canada Lee,” to be published next year by Faber and Faber. The workshop is open to the public with a $25 registration fee, which can be paid at the door. Students minoring in performance studies and performance art grant recipients are admitted free.