Amrita Ramanan is currently the Director of Literary Development and Dramaturgy at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. During her time at OSF, Amrita has served as the Production Dramaturg for Henry IV, Part One, Henry IV, Part Two, Henry V, Oklahoma!, and Snow in Midsummer and produced the Black Swan Lab for New Play Development from 2017-2018. In five seasons at Arena Stage, Amrita was the the Production Dramaturg for Mary T. & Lizzy K., My Fair Lady, The Music Man, Trouble in Mind, Ruined, Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies and Crowns; developed the Public Arena—an engagement initiative aimed at creating and maintaining a dynamic exchange between artists, audiences and staff about the art onstage; line-produced the playwright residencies for Lisa Kron and Charles Randolph-Wright and produced Arena Stage’s Downstairs New Play Reading Series. She was Associate Producer and Resident Dramaturg at Double Edge Theatre (2013–2016) and a 2013 Independent Researcher with the India Foundation for the Arts in Bangalore, India. Additional credits include serving as a board member for the Network of Ensemble Theaters and National Advisor for Art of the Rural and the Rural Policy Research Institute’s Next Generation Initiative. She holds a BFA in Theater History and Dramaturgy from the University of Arizona.
A series exploring the diverse relationships between theatre and community through the personal narratives and innovative methods of practice from a select group of artists and practitioners.