James Elden's Playwright's Spotlight

Workshops, Styles, Tropes, and Politics Preventing Art - Playwright's Spotlight with Trey Nichols

January 10, 2023 James Elden/Trey Nichols Season 2 Episode 6
James Elden's Playwright's Spotlight
Workshops, Styles, Tropes, and Politics Preventing Art - Playwright's Spotlight with Trey Nichols
Show Notes

In this episode of Playwright's Spotlight I speak to Los Angeles based playwright and actor Trey Nichols. In addition to playwriting, Trey runs a series of playwriting workshops throughout the year. Our conversation touches on various aspects of the craft including - learning through acting, one's inspirations, and playwriting classes as well as using the past for exposition versus achieving an objection. We also touch upon violence under language, the benefits of breathing space in a piece, the wounded villain vs the anti-hero, economics in playwriting, soul changing, struggles as a beginning playwright, one note scenes, workshops, reworking the same pages, creating art from life, and the controversy of politics preventing art. It's certainly a broad topic episode that's sure to be enlightening. Enjoy!

Trey Nichols is a playwright, actor, and script consultant based in Los Angeles, California. He is a longtime member of Moving Arts, an award-winning Los Angeles-based theatre dedicated to the development and production of new plays.  For twelve years, he served as the theatre's Literary Director, moderating the company's Playreading Series and playing a vital role in the development of new plays.  He has also served as a dramaturg for the the company's signature new play development program, MADLab. He is also a literary consultant for playwriting and screenwriting contests and fellowships.  He is on board of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights (ALAP) and produces the annual In Our Own Voices Playreading Series. His plays include Find Brother, A Lesson in Proper Bow-fluffing Technique, and The Meadows.

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