On Campus

As my career has progressed, I’ve gotten invitations to give talks and workshops at colleges and universities, sharing what I’ve learned from my 30 years writing plays and working in the theater.  These visits, often (but not always) in connection with productions of my plays, have been deeply satisfying experiences both for me and – I’m glad to report – for students.

“I’m delighted to recommend bringing Rich Orloff to your campus.  Rich is bright, articulate, humorous and personable, and his expertise is unquestionable.  You’ll certainly be rewarded if you decide to have him.”

Arnie Johnston
Professor of English
Western Michigan University
Co-editor, The Art of the One-Act

Sometimes I give a workshop on The Art of the Short Play, based on what I’ve learned writing my 61 published short plays.  Often I give a talk on Theater Realities 101: A Life in the Theater, about how I’ve gotten my plays out into the world and built my career.

I tailor each visit to the needs and wants of those I’m visiting.  At Western Michigan University, I attended a directing class to give feedback to students directing readings of my short plays and to talk about the director-playwright relationship.  At Central Washington University, I gave a talkback after my play VIETNAM 101: THE WAR ON CAMPUS, and at State Fair College in Missouri, I gave a talkback after my comedy DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY, discussing the creation of these plays and their journey from ideas to finished and produced plays.

“Rich’s visit to our production in connection with his hilarious play DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY was fantastic!  He is extremely knowledgeable of theatre and intelligent, yet very down to earth.  His workshops and talkback sessions were a great experience for students and audience members.  We hope to have him back again soon.”

Eric Yazell
Chair, Department of Performing Arts
State Fair College, Missouri

In my workshops, I discuss the balance of inspiration and discipline in the process of writing, how I approach developing a play and getting feedback, how extensive some of my revisions have been, and the role serendipity has played in many of my achievements.  For some students I’m the first professional playwright they’ve met.  I take this privilege seriously, and I also want to convey how rewarding and fun a life in the theater can be.

“When we produced VIETNAM 101: THE WAR ON CAMPUS, Rich came and offered two immensely popular and well-attended workshops.  In fact, the students still talk about his visit and ask when he will be back!”

Michael Smith
Associate Professor and Artistic Director, Theatre Arts Department
Central Washington University

If you’re interested in having me visit your campus, send me an e-mail at orloffplays@gmail.com.