Rogue Readings

Rogue Readings strives to apply dramaturgy in a new and inventive way.  Created in 2011, by MFA candidates Erin Treat and Stephanie Walter - Rogue seeks to build bridges between Stony Brook's academic departments through the reading of new works created by emerging playwrights.   The aim is to help the playwright come to a deeper understanding of how their own work impacts the audience.  We do this through discussion panels, made up of PHD candidates and academic scholars from the SBU community, in the hopes of examining the play's themes from a variety of voices.  Therefore, this process holds for the playwright, a new kind of dramaturgical investigation.    By listening to the panel, and the questions posed by the audience, the writer takes away valuable information, without being told how to rewrite their own work.   Instead,  the dialogue that ensues, allows the writer to think about the questions that the play has given life to.   By observing the panel's observations, and the audiences reaction to those observations, the playwright can identify weaknesses in the play, or the need to strengthen certain areas in order to clarify the message they are trying to convey.    

Rogue is presented twice a year.   Please feel free to submit plays, and or ask to be put on a list of scholars who can participate on our panels.  Contact:  Stephanie Walter at


What your faculty did this summer:

Izumi Ashizawa remounted "Mysterious Lake" at Long Island Children's Museum, was in on-going rehearsals for "Le Chemine des Reves" in Montreal, and served a guest tutor at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

Elizabeth Bojsza taught a workshop in Community Performance for the Pre-College Institute, and look forward to leading a similar workshop at the Stage The Change conference in November 

Mallory Catlett is working on: Circling the Center by Nene Humpphey to be performed on October 12, 13, and 14 in NYC and DECODER 2017 with text by William Burroughs to be performed December 3rd at La Mama in NYC.

Amy Cook finished her manuscript on casting and an essay on Shakespeare, language and cognition.

Steve Marsh worked with scientists across the country leading Improvisation workshops and Media training for the Alda Center in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Philadelphia, Denver, at UC Santa Barbara, Cornell University and Cold Spring Harbor Labs. 

Deb Mayo acted in "After," a yet- to- be released web series written by and starring one of our graduates, Joshua Schubart. 

Ken Weitzman was  a writer-in-residence at the New Harmony Project where he developed two new plays and then co-lead a two-week workshop with playwright Naomi Iizuka at the Sewanee Writers Conference at the University of the South.


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