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Rooms with Eyes: Setting as Character

3 Hours • with Kira Rockwell • All Levels

  • Starts Jul 20
  • 75 US dollars
  • Online via Zoom

Available spots

Class Description

Rooms with Eyes is a one-day workshop that is equally craft based as it is generative. The instructor will lead you through specific skill exercises that will allow you to learn how to animate a room, a closet, a town, etc., as if they were a nuanced, living, breathing character. The skill you learn and practice will become an easily accessible tool in your craft box. A short excerpt from two notable works of theatre will be discussed to highlight this skill with direct examples that are applicable to most genres. There will be no workshop portion, or sharing of work for in-class feedback due. This class will be taught from a playwriting perspective, but it is intentionally multi genre and well suited for short story writers, novelists, memoirists, and screenwriters looking to breathe life into places and things. INSTRUCTOR KIRA ROCKWELL is a neurodiverse playwright and educator for the stage and screen at Georgia State University. She is an Artist Fellow in Dramatic Writing with the Mass Cultural Council, a Recipient of Judith Royer Excellence in Playwriting Award, an Elliot Norton Nominee, and more. Selected plays include OH TO BE PURE AGAIN (Actor's Express); THE TRAGIC ECSTASY OF GIRLHOOD (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); and WITH MY EYES SHUT (Original Works Publishing). Her work has been developed with The Kennedy Center, National New Play Network, Great Plains Theatre Commons, among others. Commissions include Ensemble Studio Theatre, Actor's Express, and Moonbox Productions. She holds a BFA in Theatre Performance and an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University. As an educator, Rockwell has taught at Brandeis University, Wheaton College, and centers across New England. Before graduate school, Rockwell worked at the intersection of mental health and arts education. Through a trauma-informed, healing-centered lens, she aims to nurture communal spaces that disrupt passivity and empower agency.

Upcoming Sessions

Cancellation Policy

If you withdraw from a workshop TEN DAYS OR MORE before the start of the class: You'll receive full credit toward another workshop OR a full refund (minus 10%, a transaction fee that is non-refundable and that we would otherwise be charged). If you withdraw from a workshop nine days before the start of the class up until 48 hours before: You'll receive a refund minus 20%. If you withdraw from a workshop less than 48 hours before the start of a class or after the class has begun: We cannot offer credit or any refund. If you are absent on the day of your workshop or miss it for any reason, we are unable to offer any kind of refund or credit. If we have to cancel a class you have paid for, you will receive a full refund, without the service charge deducted. For our full listing of policies, visit www.PioneerValleyWriters.Com, Policies page (under Home). To withdraw and receive a partial refund according to the above, please get in touch with Joy at

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