The Three Act Structure: Deconstructing famous stories to make lively new ones

The Three Act Structure: Deconstructing famous stories to make them lively ones

Wednesday April 4, 2018
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Live Webinar - Accessed on the computer


In this workshop, participants will be led through a dynamic process which deconstructs three famous dramatic narratives - “Hansel and Gretel”, Romeo and Juliet” and “Star Wars” - to see how they conform to the elements of the classic three act structure.  Learners will come away with an understanding of how balancing scenes, plot points, obstacles, the crisis and climax are used and how they can be applied to new narratives being created by students.


“There is no right or wrong way to structure a dramatic narrative.  For every rule there are exceptions.  However, I have found a thorough understanding of the three act structure is a lens through which one can order ideas, events, themes and characters into a cohesive, satisfying whole.”   - David S. Craig


Meet the Instructor...


David S. Craig is the Artistic Director of Roseneath Theatre (, Ontario’s largest touring theatre for family audiences.  He is the author of the award winning and internationally produced “Danny, King of the Basement” as well as “Having Hope at Home”, “The First Christmas”, “Napalm the Magnificent”, “Smokescreen” and the CBC Radio series “The Diamond Lane” and “Booster McCrane, P.M.” David S. Craig is one of Canada’s most prolific and successful dramatists.   His work has won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Production three times, the Chalmers New Play Award three times, the Rideau Award, The Canada Council Prize, The Writer’s Guild Prize, and a Harold.  In 2014, The City of Toronto awarded Mr. Craig with the Barbara Hamilton Award for Artistic Excellence.  He is President of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, a husband and a Dad.


Course Fee

$40 plus HST Regular Price
$20 plus HST for Theatre Ontario individual members

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  • If we receive your cancellation up to 5 business days before your workshop, you will receive a full refund less 10% administrative charges.
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  • If we receive your cancellation on the day of your workshop or you do not show up for your workshop, no refund will be issued.
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