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Theatre and Film Presentations

Angelo Parra

Angelo Parra, MFA, adjunct faculty, Performing Arts and English Departments, 914-263-2536

Intended Audience: high school, college, and general audiences interested in theatre and film

Abstract: As the award-winning scriptwriter of the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway show, "The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith," and the author of "Playwriting for Dummies," Parra has taught and lectured on scriptwriting, theatre, and film at colleges, art centers, libraries, and before civic and community organizations. Using video clips, PowerPoint/slide presentations, and humor, Parra offers a variety of programs, including:

  • The Anatomy of the Modern Broadway Musical
  • The Art of Adaptation:  From the Page to the Stage (and Screen)
  • How to Write a Play or Film Script from Scratch
  • The Genius of Alfred Hitchcock and His Films*

*Topics may be chosen and programs custom-designed for the particular interests of your specific audience.

About the Speaker: Angelo Parra has enjoyed productions of his plays in New York City, throughout the U.S., and at the 2012 Montreal International Jazz Festival and Edinburgh International Theatre Festival. His honors include two N.Y. Foundation for the Arts Fellowships in Scriptwriting. He was named a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference (2000). He's a member of The Dramatists Guild and member emeritus of the BMI/Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. His film script, "Journey of the Heart," was a finalist in the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program. In 2008, he was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture grant. He also teaches playwriting at the Hudson Valley Writers Center in Sleepy Hollow.

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