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What is dramaturgy?

(when you do this work, you’re doing dramaturgy)

Research and Development
Help develop the mission
Help plan the season
Help look for scripts

New Plays
Solicit scripts from writers and agents
Read and evaluate new scripts
Track and file those scripts
Write kindly letters to writers whose script we won’t be producing
Negotiate with agents
Prepare adaptations and translations
Commission new work
Organize the in-house play reading program
Organize the new play reading program for subscribers
Help bring new plays into full production
Support those writers whose visions capture our minds and hearts

Production Dramaturgy
Locate drafts and versions
Collate, cut, track, edit, rewrite, construct, arrange
Secure permissions to
use copyrighted material
Find songs, pictures, stories, videos
Help the designer do the research
Help the director do the casting
Help the marketers and developers
Seek and present pathways into the world of the play
Gather and present given circumstances
for the company
Gather and arrange images, sounds, and ideas for rehearsal
Explore and present the worlds of the play,
the author of the script,
the script’s production history,
the relevant criticism
Conceive the forms of the script as a script Conceive the forms of the play as it grows
Stay on course when all goes well
Maintain some calm when all goes ill
(as it will)
Create the lobby display
Love the work

Arts in Education
Establish relationships with local educators
Help them use theatre to support their curricula
Prepare study guides
Develop production web sites
Write and edit program materials
Organize and lead pre- and post-show discussions
Plan and lead seminars and symposia

Advocacy
Affirm the function,
explore the practice,
and promote the profession
of dramaturgy and literary management
Nourish the arts wherever we find them:
in schools,
in communities,
and around the world

Geoff Proehl
Contact: gproehl@ups.edu

What is Dramaturgy Northwest?

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