Educating a new generation of theatergoers

April 11th, 2013 donnahoke

I write a regular theater column for Buffalo Spree magazine. In my latest, I talk to professors about their efforts to to bring theater into the classroom and to bring students out to the theater. Last month, I visited students at D’Youville College to discuss my play, SEEDS, which had recently opened at Road Less Traveled Productions. They had already read the play and prepared questions for me. In two classes, we had lively discussions about the characters, themes, writing, etc. That Thursday, they came to see the play and participated in a talkback afterward. Then, they went back to their classes and wrote reviews, so that they were forced to think critically about what they’d seen and how seeing it live changed what they read on the page. Many of these students had never been to a live play before.

This is the related article that appears in Buffalo Spree this month:

Keeping theater alive

Is it ever going to stop raining?


Written by donnahoke


Dramatists Guild Council member and ensemble playwright-in-residence at Road Less Traveled Productions, Kilroys List and award-winning playwright Donna Hoke’s work has been seen in 40 states, and on five continents. Her full-length plays include THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR (Princess Grace semi-finalist, currently in its third year in rep in Romania), SEEDS (Artie award winner for Outstanding New Play), FLOWERS IN THE DESERT (AACT top 20 finalist), SAFE (winner of the Todd McNerney National Playwriting Contest, Naatak National Playwriting Contest, and the 2015 Great Gay Play and Musical Contest), and BRILLIANT WORKS OF ART (2016 Kilroys List, Winner HRC Showcase, Firehouse Festival of New American Plays, top ten Woodward/Newman finalist); she’s also authored more than two dozen short plays that have had hundreds of productions. Donna is also a New York Times-published crossword puzzle constructor; author of Neko and the Twiggets, a children’s book; and founder/co-curator of BUA Takes 10: GLBT Short Stories. For three consecutive years, she was named Buffalo’s Best Writer by Artvoice, the only woman to ever receive the designation.

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