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Leonard D. Grissom

Associate Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Drama
Office location and address
211 Drama Bldg.
109 Culbreth Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Biography

Doug received his M.F.A. in playwriting from Brandeis University whose plays have been widely produced at many venues around the country. His plays Deep Down and Elvis People were mounted in major Off-Broadway productions and subsequently produced at regional theatres across the country. Other plays of his have been produced at Mill Mountain Theatre, the Source Theatre, Theatre Virginia, Venture Theatre, Main Street Theatre, and many others. Elvis People and several other plays of his have been published by Dramatic Publishing Company and Playscripts, Inc.

Doug has won several playwriting awards, including the Virginia Playwriting Award, Mill Mountain New Play Competition and the Outstanding New Play Award at the Washington Theatre Festival. His educational theatre piece on acquaintance rape, But I Said No (co-written with Margaret Baldwin), has received national acclaim, has toured extensively on college campuses around the country, and is still performed on a regular basis. He has written two educational plays commissioned by the Charlottesville Sexual Assault Resource center: I Never Saw It Coming, addressing teen assault, toured high schools in Virginia and was seen by over 20,000 students; Ear of the Beholder, addressing sexual harassment in middle school, played extensively in middle schools in central Virginia. Grissom has twice been the Chair of the Playwriting Division of the Southeastern Theatre Conference, and has been the Regional Playwriting Chair and the National Playwriting Vice Chair for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. He is a co-founder of Offstage Theatre in Charlottesville, Virginia, a theatre devoted to the performance of original works in site-specific venues.

DRAM 2430: Production Laboratory: Acting
Credits: 1–3
Application of acting skills in production laboratory. May be repeated up to four credits. Prerequisite: Instructor permission
DRAM 2710: Screenwriting
Credits: 3
An introduction to the art and craft of screenwriting through the writing and discussion of short scripts. Will involve study of screenplays and films, and focus on the basic elements of screenwriting, including story structure, creation of character, and formatting.
MDST 2710: Screenwriting
Credits: 3
An introduction to the art and craft of screenwriting through the writing and discussion of short scripts. Will involve study of screenplays and films, and focus on the basic elements of screenwriting, including story structure, creation of character, and formatting. Prerequisite: Media studies major or instructor permission.
DRAM 3080: Script Analysis: Dramatic Structure and Theatrical Production
Credits: 3
Analysis of representative play scripts to discover how structure and language support conceptual and stylistic choices in production.
DRAM 3710: Playwriting I
Credits: 3
Introduces the art and craft of playwriting, focusing on short exercises and in-class writing assignments. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
DRAM 3730: Screenwriting
Credits: 3
An introduction to the art and craft of screenwriting through the writing and discussion of short scripts. Will involve study of screenplays and films, and focus on the basic elements of screenwriting, including story structure, creation of character, and formatting.
MDST 3804: Screenwriting
Credits: 3
An introduction to the art and craft of screenwriting through the writing and discussion of short scripts. Will involve study of screenplays and films, and focus on the basic elements of screenwriting, including story structure, creation of character, and formatting. Prerequisite: Media studies major or instructor permission.
DRAM 4590: Special Topics in Theatre
Credits: 1–3
A directed project-based study offered to upper-level students. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
DRAM 4593: Special Topics in Performance
Credits: 1–3
A directed study in acting or performance offered to upper-level students. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
DRAM 4596: Special Topics in Directing
Credits: 1–3
A directed study in directing offered to upper-level students. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
DRAM 4599: Special Topics in Playwriting
Credits: 1–3
A directed study in playwriting offered to upper-level students. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
DRAM 4730: Advanced Playwriting
Credits: 3
A workshop for writing extended pieces of dramatic literature. For students who have completed DRAM 3710 or by instructor permission.
IMP 4970: Interdisciplinary Thesis
Credits: 3
Required Thesis for Interdisciplinary majors.
IMP 4971: Interdisciplinary Thesis
Credits: 3
Required Thesis for Interdisciplinary majors.
DRAM 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Independent study conducted under the supervision of a specific instructor(s).
DRAM 7993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–12
Graduate-level independent study conducted under the supervision of a specific instructor(s). Requisite: Instructor permission
DRAM 8480: Acting: Production and Performance
Credits: 1
Participation in the production program, crediting work in preparation and performance of acting. Prerequisite: graduate standing M.F.A. program.
DRAM 8993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–12
Graduate-level independent study conducted under the supervision of a specific instructor(s). Requisite: Instructor permission