Ari Aster’s 2018 film Hereditary has been ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the top ten horror movies of all time. This class will examine both scenes from the screenplay and clips from the film, and discuss Aster’s use of character development and family drama to create dramatic tension and a sense of dread. We'll also work on some short generative prompts. This class is ideal for screenwriters, playwrights, and prose writers looking to enhance their dramatic dialogue writing, and anyone looking for a deep dive into how to create the bones of a scary story. Writers will be able to apply our exercises and discussion to their own scene work in their current works in progress.
Jennifer Rumberger is a New York based playwright and essayist. Her recent productions include The Locusts with the Gift Theatre in Chicago, Night in Alachua County with Wildclaw Theatre and Open Blue Sky at Stella Adler/ Tisch School of the Arts. Jennifer’s work has been developed or presented in New York, Chicago, Houston, Miami, and Florida. She was a recipient of the 2021 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award and a 2022 Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University and performs her essays and nonfiction at live storytelling events. She received her MFA from Northwestern University.
Jennifer is new to The Porch. Welcome!