In-person adult classes take place on Level Eight at the Guthrie. Select classes are available via Zoom.
NATIVE PLAYWRITING GROUP with Blossom Johnson
You might be new to playwriting, or you’ve written a play before. Maybe you have a story you want to tell but aren’t sure how to begin writing your play. Maybe there is a trickster story from your tribe you want to adapt into a play but aren’t sure how to bring your characters to life. Maybe there is a story that is hard to tell because of the weight or the trauma the story carries so you don’t know where to begin writing your play. This playwriting class is designed with writing prompts and activities in the hopes of guiding you to write your play. A playwriting kit will be provided and mailed to writers. The kit will include one published play by a Native American author, a pen, notebook and a snack.
This class is free and open to Native community members of all ages and levels of experience. Upon registration, participants will receive a Zoom link. If you have questions, please email email@example.com.
Thursdays: June 1 – July 20 | 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Virtual | Zoom
This class is full.
Blossom Johnson (She/they) is a Diné storyteller, playwright, teaching artist and screenwriter. She is from the Yé’ii Dine’é Táchii’nii (Giant People) clan, and her maternal grandfather is from the Deeshchíí’nii (Start of the Red Streak People) clan. When she creates, she writes for her people. In her writing, she reveals truths that are hard to face but she balances the darkness with humor, so the viewer has a chance to breathe and laugh. Blossom was awarded a residency with Willowtail Springs in 2021, 2022 & 2023. Additionally, she has been awarded AlterTheater Ensemble's AlterLab 2020-21, 2022 First Peoples Fund Cultural Capital Fellowship, La Lengua/ AlterTheater Ensemble’s Decolonization Stories Commission 2022, The Playwrights’ Center 2022-2023 Jerome Fellowship, and is proud to be a recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Creative Support for Individuals 2023. Blossom holds an MFA in Dramaturgy from Columbia University and a BA in Theatre from Arizona State University. A proud member of the Dramatists Guild, and the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA). www.blossomjohnson.com