Visiting guest artist – Paul D. Patton

Visiting with us Sept. 20-22 will be guest artist Paul D. Patton, playwright of Lifting the Veil, which will premiere on September 21.  Lifting the Veil is based on the true story of the runaway wedding of evangelists Katherine Kuhlman and Burroughs Waltrip, as they struggle to divine the will of God in their hasty marriage.

Paul is the author of over 30 works for the theatre and was the founder of Trinity House Theatre in Detroit.  He is the co-author of the recently published “Prophetically Incorrect: a Christian introduction to Media Criticism”.Paul_Patton Paul has lectured on topics such as “The Idolatry of the Cult of Celebrity” and “God Talk: Lessons in the Manipulative Use of Religious Language.”  He is an associate professor of Communication and Drama at Spring Arbor University in Michigan, where he lives with his wife, Beth.

Paul visited Belhaven previously in 2007 when we produced his play, Kurt Gerstein, winner of the 2007 Christians in Theatre Arts New Play Contest.

Paul will be guest lecturing at several classes, including our Scriptwriting course and performance classes, and will make a special presentation at a whole department gathering on Tuesday afternoon.

Writing tips from David Mamet…

Movieline article *

The link above will take you to an article on that quotes, in full, a memo that Pulitzer winner David Mamet wrote to the writing staff of CBS’ The Unit, the show that Mamet executive produces.  The memo is a mini-master class in the art of dramatic storytelling, with basically all that one would need to know in order to write a great piece of drama, for film, television, or the stage.

* This article does contain a mild amount of language that some might consider offensive.