Brad Korbesmeyer



324 Marano Campus Center

Office hours

Monday & Wednesday 1:45 - 2:45
Thursday 9:00 - 12:00
or by appointment


Brad Korbesmeyer's one-act play, Incident at San Bajo won the Heideman Award from Actors Theatre of Louisville. The dark comedy has been published by Samuel French, Inc., adapted into an opera by Riverside Opera Company, New York, and received over 80 productions in the U.S. and Canada. Korbesmeyer's theatrical credits include the award-winning play, Open Window (productions at Connecticut Rep, Storrs, CT; Merrimack Rep, Boston; and Stages Rep, Houston; optioned by CBS Television), A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (puppet theatre adaptation, Connecticut Rep), Piaf in Vienna, (New Jersey Rep; Riverside Theatre, Florida), and the screenplay, Peace and Quiet (optioned by Queen Maeve Productions, Los Angeles). Korbesmeyer's play, Spirits, explores the life of a modern day spiritualist and her spirit guide from the 1880s, Margaret Fox Kane, and his latest play, Twain's Last Chapter, received its inaugural reading at the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford on November 30, 2012, as part of Twain's 187th birthday celebration. Korbesmeyer has twice been selected to attend the New Harmony Project and is a member of the Dramatist Guild.

Korbesmeyer has taught playwriting, screenwriting, and theatrical literature for the past twenty-two years at SUNY-Oswego, receiving a Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1996 and Academic Advisor of the Year in 2003. He received a bachelor of journalism from the University of Missouri and a Masters of Fine Arts in playwriting from Carnegie Mellon University. He served as Associate Dean of SUNY Oswego's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and is now currently serving as the Interim Dean for Graduate Studies.

Classes taught


CRW 207/820 MWF 9:10-10:05 208 Marano CC
CRW 207/830 MWF 10:20-11:15 208 Marano CC

CRW 307/800
CRW 407/800

MWF 12:40-1:35 300 Lee Hall

CRW 207 PLAYWRITING: INTRODUCTORY-This introductory course in playwriting uses a wide variety of techniques, exercises and organizational concepts to explore the particular challenges and rewards of this genre. Existing theatrical literature will be evaluated and discussed (in addition to our own work), culminating in a ten‐page play.

CRW 307 PLAYWRITING: INTERMEDIATE-Advanced playwriting techniques will be explored with the specific objective of creating a one-act play (or the first act of a full-length play).  Existing theatre literature will be analyzed with particular emphasis on modern use of language. Prerequisite CRW 207

CRW 407 PLAYWRITING: ADVANCED-This advanced playwriting course focuses on revision and development as playwrights prepare their one-act plays for future submission to professional theatrical organizations.  To facilitate this, the course relies heavily on staged readings in a workshop setting, modeling the traditional procedure for play development in America.  Creating a writing community where peers aid in a play's development is also a key objective of the course.  (Prerequisite:  CRW 307)