Project Description


Learn about and explore playwriting elements including character, setting, and conflict and apply this knowledge to generate ideas for writing your own scenes.

In a series of three videos, students will be guided to use their own homes as inspiration for unique theatrical scenes through a series of fun and challenging exercises. By the end of the series, each student will have generated story ideas using their unique background, knowledge, and experiences, as well as gained a basic understanding of character, setting, and conflict. These activities are appropriate for students in grades 6-12. They can do these activities with their families, or independently.

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About Creator

Mora V. Harris
Mora V. Harris
Mora V. Harris is a playwright, screenwriter, and educator based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her plays for teens are published and licensed through Playscripts, Inc. and include the full-length comedies SPACE GIRL and MIRCALLA, as well as contributions to the ten-minute anthologies A Simpler Time and The Alibis (Upcoming). Additional writings have been published by HowlRound and Smith & Kraus. She was a two-time National Finalist for the Kennedy Center’s John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play, and a Second Place winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Script Competition. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing and Theater from Oberlin College and an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University where she studied with Rob Handel. She works as a teaching artist for City Theatre and teaches screenwriting at La Roche University. She is Pittsburgh’s Regional Co-Representative for the Dramatist Guild. She is currently developing THE BERGERAC SIMULATION, an adaptation of the Rostand classic, commissioned by the Pittsburgh Public Theatre for their 2020-21 online season.