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ESP Biography



JONATHAN ALICEA, Just a student passionate about playwriting




Major: Prospective English Major

College/Employer: Princeton

Year of Graduation: 2020

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Born in Manhattan, raised in New Jersey. I have two adorable pugs (Bella and Nick). I can shamelessly say I have a "slight" obsession with Doctor Who and Harry Potter. Mention either one and you might just me get me started (Please do). My favorite Broadway show is Les Mis.

I've written three plays to date and am currently writing my fourth. This past March I had performed one of my comedies right here at Princeton. I am looking forward to sharing my passion and experiences with just as passionate aspiring playwrights!



Past Classes

  (Look at the class archive for more.)


"All the World's a Stage": The Basics of Playwriting (3 hour version) in Splash Spring 2017
What's the first image that comes to your mind when you see the word "theatre"? Maybe red curtains. Or dolled-up actors performing at their highest energy levels. Or perhaps a cheerful audience giving a standing ovation. Do you picture a playwright typing away furiously on his computer as he sips his coffee and laughs at his own clever jokes? After all, without the playwright, there would be no story and jokes to tell on the stage. In this course, you will learn the basics of writing a play while we try to answer the fundamental question: "Why write a play in the first place?" We will talk about genre, plot structure, character creation and development, and the challenges (and benefits) of writing for the stage. In the second half of class, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with others in writing a short play or a single scene of a longer play. Then we will read through the scripts and discuss them as a class. My ultimate goal is for you to leave with a better understanding of how to go about tackling the play as a unique narrative form.


"All the World's a Stage": The Basics of Playwriting (2 hour version) in Splash Spring 2017
What's the first image that comes to your mind when you see the word "theatre"? Maybe red curtains. Or dolled-up actors performing at their highest energy levels. Or perhaps a cheerful audience giving a standing ovation. Do you picture a playwright typing away furiously on his computer as he sips his coffee and laughs at his own clever jokes? After all, without the playwright, there would be no story and jokes to tell on the stage. In this course, you will learn the basics of writing a play while we try to answer the fundamental question: "Why write a play in the first place?" We will talk about genre, plot structure, character creation and development, and the challenges (and benefits) of writing for the stage. In the second half of class, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with others in writing a short play or a single scene of a longer play. Then we will read through the scripts and discuss them as a class. My ultimate goal is for you to leave with a better understanding of how to go about tackling the play as a unique narrative form.