Verbatim storytelling is typically built from historical and/or archival materials such as trial transcripts, written or recorded interviews, newspaper reporting, visual images, video footage, government documents, biographies and autobiographies, even academic papers and scientific research. Verbatim storytelling marshals the real words of real people to provoke conversation, rather than persuade.
This workshop invites students, faculty, and community members to gather for a two-part workshop in verbatim theater writing. We will first explore the challenges and possibilities in using archival research and verbatim approaches in any creative endeavor. Then, as groups, participants will use archival material from Idaho LGBTQ+ history to craft short pieces. Participants will have the opportunity to perform these pieces at a public reading, via zoom, that evening.
Author, playwright, filmmaker and lecturer, Gregory Hinton has employed verbatim, documentary techniques in multiple mediums including his border novels, “Cathedral City” and “Desperate Hearts”, his feature film, “Circuit”; and multiple verbatim plays including “Beyond Brokeback,” Diversity Day” and “The Matthew Shepard Story: Three Conversations.” Hinton has presented workshops on verbatim storytelling at the 2019 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival at the University of Oregon; The Oklahoma State Museum of Art in Stillwater, OK; and the 2020 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. A keynote speaker, Gregory Hinton is the creator and producer of Out West, a national museum and university educational program series dedicated to shining a light in LGBTQ history and culture in the American West.