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THEA241 Writing for Stage and Screen

The theory and practice of playwriting. The study and writing of short plays and screenplays.

In this popular paper, you will gain an introduction to the unique requirements of playwriting and screenwriting by writing your own short play and via a variety of exercises designed to sharpen your writer's mind and critical awareness.

Paper title Writing for Stage and Screen
Paper code THEA241
Subject Theatre Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,059.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,766.35

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(THEA 121 or THEA 122 or THEA 101) or 54 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Admission to THEA 241 in any year is limited. Students intending to enrol for this paper must contact Theatre Studies to complete an application form by 30 November 2017. Early applications are encouraged, but late applications may be considered.
To apply for admission to this limited-entry paper you must submit a completed application form and a sample of creative writing. Details and the form are available online or from the Theatre Studies office.

Enrolments for this paper are limited, and it requires departmental permission. View more information about limitations of enrolment.
Teaching staff
Paper Coordinator: The William Evans Playwriting Fellow
Teaching Arrangements

Please contact the Department of Music, Theatre and Performing Arts office ( for a copy of the most recent paper profile.

Your lecturer will give you a list of required readings at the commencement of the paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
This paper will give you an understanding of some of the playwright's tools, along with an ability to critically and analytically evaluate your work and to produce a short play of good quality for a first-time writer.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 10:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41