Special Skills: Screenwriting

Date: Saturdays, January 21st – February 18th (5 weeks)
Times: 11am – 1pm
Ages: High School Only
Tuition: $150
Location: Vinegar Hill Theatre (220 W. Market Street)

Instructor Denise Stewart is back this winter to teach another session of Screenwriting! Denise has mentored many students at Light House, some of which have written screenplays that have gone on to be developed into short films. Understanding story structure is an essential tool for every filmmaker. This 5-week course will give you the foundational knowledge you need to write a screenplay, whether it be for a five-minute short or a feature-length film. Learn the basics of pitching your idea, outlining in three acts, understanding your characters, dialogue work, the revision process, and more.

Please come to the first workshop with a few ideas you would like to explore.
**Finished screenplays will be considered for production in the coming year! The final produced films could be selected for film festival submissions.**

Denise Stewart is a writer/actor/speaker/coach who currently teaches in the UVA Drama Department. Acting credits include: Almost, Maine, Shear Madness (Heritage Theatre Festival) The Matchmaker, Eurydice, Chemistry of Change (Live Arts), and “The Collector” (Light House Studios), and various performances as part of the comic duo, Tina & Tammy: The TipTop Twins. Playwriting and producing credits include her one-woman show, Dirty Barbie and other Girlhood Tales (Assembly, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 59E59 East to Edinburgh Festival, Diana Wortham Theatre), her most recent full-length, The Sugar (Lee Street Theatre, Live Arts), and a recent variety piece, Swamp-Hatched Butterfly (Louisa Arts Center). Corporate Coaching clients/Public Speaking events include: Tedx, Crutchfield Corp., Real Estate III, Ameriprise, UVA Hoo’s Well Program, Martha Jefferson Hospital, Women’s 4-Miler Training Program, CASA, and CFA Institute.


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Financial aid is available.  To apply, fill out an application!