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It is easy to misinterpret or feel baffled while creating stories around a teenage character. However, right now, there is a renaissance of plays about compelling teens with powerful stories. In this seminar, Margot Connolly will lead students in discussions about how teenage girls are depicted in contemporary plays and dissect what makes these characters so complex and dynamic. Through in-class character development exercises, students will build their equally compelling teenage characters with stories that resonate with today’s audiences regardless of age. 

This class is for you if you:

  • Are writing about a teenage character and feel they’re underdeveloped. 
  • Are interested in a different approach to character development. 
  • Have an interest in theater for young audiences. 
  • Are interested in learning more about Margot Connolly’s work and approach to writing.

What to expect:

  • In-class writing exercises.
  • Look at existing examples of compelling teenaged characters and stories.
  • Leave with the beginning of a compelling teenaged character (who could grow into something more!).
From Margot

Thinking about teenagers has encouraged me to feel hope for the future, be more kind to my past self, and inspired me to fight for a better world that these teens can inherit. I hope this class can help you find some of the same hope, kindness, and inspiration!

Margot Connolly

The playwright
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based inBrooklyn , NY
Margot Connolly is playwright currently based in Iowa City, IA. Her plays include Belfast Kind (Winner, Jewish Plays Project's Jewish Playwriting Contest), Quiz Out (Princess Grace Finalist), Tough, 1 John 4:20, and Keys. Her work has been produced and developed through Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Playwrights Center, the Jewish Plays Project, the Berkshire Fringe Festival, Ugly Rhino's Tiny Rhino, and the 2015 Frigid Fringe Festival, among others. She was a 2010-2011 Core Apprentice at the Playwrights Center, a 24 Hour Play: Nationals 2015 company member, and has interned for New Dramatists, New Georges, and the Debate Society. She received her BA from Bennington College, where she studied drama and playwriting, and is currently pursuing her MFA in playwriting at the University of Iowa.