Richard Toscan was Dean of the School of Theatre at the University of Southern California where for many years he taught playwriting and play analysis. His professional work as a producer, story editor, playwright, and judge of new play and screenplay competitions informs his approach in Playwriting Seminars 2.0 to what makes new plays work in the contemporary theatre. He has worked in association with Lucasfilm and noted figures in theatre, film, and television. That experience has led him to stress the importance of developing “voice” as a playwright and the dual plot structures used by nearly all produced playwrights today.
His radio dramas have been broadcast by the BBC, NPR, CBC, and ABC and were credited by NPR with increasing the audience for public radio in America by 40%.
More information on the new edition, Playwriting Seminars 2.0 is available here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0615608213 and Toscan’s popular blog, Writers Room Confidential: Playwrights, Screenwriters and Novelists on Craft can be found here: http://writersroomconfidential.blogspot.com