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 Posted: Sat Jun 9th, 2007 02:50 pm
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The name is Jeffrey Sweet.

I live in New York and am a member of the Council of the Dramatists Guild, but a lot of people are under the impression I live in Chicago because I'm a resident playwright at Chicago's Victory Gardes Theatre.  I've done a dozen shows with Victory Gardens since my first show there in 1979.  The most recent, a courtroom drama based on fact called COURT-MARTIAL AT FORT DEVENS, opened in February.  An anthology of ten of my plays will be published in the spring of 2008.

Also wrote a book about the flagship improvisational theatre, Second City, called SOMETHING WONDERFUL RIGHT AWAY.  Also wrote two books on playwriting, THE DRAMATIST'S TOOLKIT and SOLVING YOUR SCRIPT.  All three, happily, still in print.

I do a fair amount of teaching.  Currently I'm affiliated with the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.  Also, every summer, I teach at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Center and as part of the annual Summer Improv Retreat.  I'm a great believer in the value of improvisational experience to playwrights.  I find a strong correlation between improvisational theory as laid out by Viola Spolin and Del Close to playwriting theory.  My books go into detail about this correlation.  The Summer Improv Retreat is held near Woodstock, New York; I teach a workshop there in scene creation using improvisational principles.  Drop me a line if you want info and an excuse to spend a week in Woodstock splendor.