This weekend, students have the opportunity to listen to several different writers and artists of different styles who will be visiting campus.
From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, the Department of Theatre and Dance will host a master class featuring visiting scriptwriters in the David Owsley Museum of Art Room 217.
Brian Nitzkin, Jess Hutchinson and Daniela Garcia-Brcek will be speaking to the class, which is structured like an open forum where the writers will discuss how they started their careers and their work. It will end with a Q&A session.
The department is committed to connecting students with professionals in all areas of the focus, said Jennifer Blackmer, the events coordinator.
The professionals for the class were chosen for their successful careers in film and theater.
Brian Nitzkin is a freelance theater producer and the vice president of business affairs and international operation at IGM Global Film in Los Angeles. This company has produced over 30 Hollywood films.
Jess Hutchinson is a theater director, dramaturge, producer and educator in the Chicago area. She was the artistic director of New Leaf Theatre from 2007 to 2012. There, she worked on world premieres of "Burying Miss America," "Redeemers," "The Man Who Was Thursday" and more.
Daniela Garcia-Brcek is a literary manager at Circle of Confusion, a feature film and television company in New York and Los Angeles. She has a bachelor’s degree in film production with a minor in film producing from New York University.
The Department of Theatre and Dance will also be hosting more events for the annual Playwrights Week.
Readings of news plays and master classes are available every year during this event. They include “Borrowed Babies” by Jennifer Blackmer at 8 p.m. in the Frank C. and Elizabeth B. Ball Recital Hall in the Museum of Art Room 217, and “The Giantmaker” by Tom Horan at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the same location.
All events are free and open to the public.