SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – In the five years since Dan Stroeh, class of 2001, graduated from Wittenberg University, he has gained a great deal from his real-world experiences as an aspiring writer and award-winning playwright. Stroeh returned to Wittenberg’s campus this week to share his experiences with students in English and theatre classes.
In addition, Stroeh will present a reading of original work at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, in Ness Family Auditorium, Hollenbeck Hall. The presentation, sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Dance, is free and open to the public.
The material Stroeh will read was written during the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 2004 Intensive Playwrights program, a two-week summer program in Washington, D.C. Stroeh was one of nine young playwrights from around the country who earned the opportunity to hone their skills under the tutelage of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights.
“It was an amazing experience — to walk the marble-walled halls and to have the security people know me by name,” said Stroeh, adding that the assignments included writing a five-page play for the next class. “We worked constantly, every day. It was very intensive, but fun. We had a chance to focus on the work.”
Recognized nationally, Stroeh’s work has been seen by audiences in New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Milwaukee and Cincinnati. His plays include The Fundraiser, 10 a.m. Signing, The Second Advent, The Artist’s Way, Law-V-Bow-em, Her, and it is no desert (which won the Kennedy Center’s National Student Playwriting Award in 2001). Stroeh has been a visiting artist at the Sundance Theatre Lab, the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, the Kennedy Center and the Mark Taper Forum. He is the company playwright for Boston’s Alarm Clock Theatre and is a founding member of New York City’s Threshold Theatre Project.
Stroeh was a contributor to The Kennedy Center Presents (Back Stage Books), Monologues for Men by Men, Volume 2(Heinemann Press) and the Audition Arsenal series (Smith & Kraus). His prose and poetry have been published in Kairos,The Wittenberg Review of Literature and Art and The Florida English Journal. Also an enthusiastic educator, Stroeh has guest lectured at numerous colleges, high schools and young writers conferences. He is currently writing a new play commissioned by the Kennedy Center’s Education Department and is working on his first novel. He lives in New York City.
Stroeh’s Wittenberg visit is made possible by contributions from the Faculty Endowment Fund Board and the departments of English, Theatre and Dance and Wittenberg Seminars.
- Written By: Phyllis Eberts