Wednesdays, April 20 through May 25

Instructor: Hannah Hessel Ratner
Prior Experience: Not required. Open to playwrights, dramaturgs, directors, and theatre goers.

Become confident in your opinions and how you express them. In this class you will explore the history of theatrical criticism, learn tools to analyze works of art, and gain confidence in expressing your voice. Structured for artists, writers, and audience members alike, this class will build your critical viewing and writing skills.

Hannah Hessel Ratner, STC Teaching Artist, Playwright, and Dramaturg
Years Teaching with STC: 10
Last Seen: Devising and dramaturging In This Hope: A Pericles Project with The Welders
Why I Teach: “I love the connection I make with my students particularly as I get to support their creative and artistic growth.”
Best Exercise We Do in Class: “Weekly short prompts that expand what you thought was possible in theatre.”

Hannah Hessel Ratner is the Grants Manager at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC. Previously, she was Audience Enrichment Manager at Shakespeare Theatre Company, and has taught a variety of classes at STC including courses on playwriting, dramaturgy and criticism. She was in the second cohort of Producing Playwrights with The Welders, where her production of In This Hope: A Pericles Project premiered in fall of 2018. From 2003–2008 she was the Literary Director, Outreach and Education Associate at Theater J. She graduated with a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA from Columbia University.

Theatrical Criticism

April 20–May 25

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