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The SCA is calling all playwrights

Bella Poynton
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville Arts Center will be hosting a six-week “Write Your Own 10-Minute Play Workshop,” taught by Bella Poynton, a playwright from the Iowa Playwrights’ Workshop.

Poynton will guide students through skill-honing exercises. She said that her goal is to help the writers begin finding their voices. She also encouraged beginners to participate.

In addition to the exercises, the workshops will include discussions about short play features, free writing time, introduction to dramaturgy and workshopping text, as well as a final staged reading of each 10-minute play, in the Mongerson Theater at the Springville Center for the Arts.

Poynton received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in acting from the Boston University School of Theater. She also studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

She has performed in several New York City productions, was a resident writer and playwright and teaches at the University of Iowa. She was the winner of the Amelia Bassano Lanier Short Play Competition at Manhattan Theater Source, in 2009, and was nominated for the Christopher Brian Wolk Playwriting Award, in 2010.

Her play, “Pope Joan,” was a regional finalist at the Kennedy Center American College Theater.

It was produced at New World Stages, as part of the InCite Festival.

Her most recent play, “A House Full of Dust,” was published by Heartland Plays and a new full-length work, “The Aurora Project,” was given a production at the 2013 Iowa New Play Festival.

This summer, she will be a Master of Fine Arts mentor at The Young Playwrights’ Festival at the Horizon Theatre Company in Atlanta. She will also be teaching at Road Less Traveled Productions Summer Theatre Institute.

The SCA workshops will be held every Wednesday, from July 10 – Aug. 14, from 6 – 9 p.m. at Arts Underground, located at 66 East Main St. in Springville. There is a charge, to participate. To register, call 592-9038.

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