How to Host a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon for Activists
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How to Host a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon for Activists

10 September 2018

Dramaturg Sierra Carlson describes her process for hosting a Women in Theatre Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at her university, and encourages others engage in digital dramaturgical activism.

The Collaborative Possibilities of Mediaturgy
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The Collaborative Possibilities of Mediaturgy

14 August 2018

Katherine Swimm discusses New Rep Theatre’s Boston production of Ripe Frenzy, and the innovative collaboration between playwright Jennifer Barclay and projection designer Jared Mezzocchi.

Dramaturgical Work with College-Aged Artists around Race and Whiteness
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Dramaturgical Work with College-Aged Artists around Race and Whiteness

2 July 2018

Dramaturg Gaven D. Trinidad reflects on workshopping Snowflakes, or Rare White People by Dustin Chinn as a part of UMass Amherst's New Play Lab in December 2017.

"Positation" in Action
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"Positation" in Action

Director Erin Ortman’s Multi-Year Journey with the Arabian Nights

2 May 2018

Director Erin Ortman loves musical theatre, new plays, theatre families, and William Ball’s idea of “positation” that celebrates the “yes” in artistic collaborations. The development process for One Thousand Nights and One Day produced by Prospect Theater Company in New York City provides a view of Ball’s philosophy in action.

Manahatta's Gender Flip
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Manahatta's Gender Flip

Equity in Action

2 April 2018

Holly Derr discusses the dramaturgical implications of playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle changing one of her characters to a woman in her newest play Manahatta, which premiered at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in March 2018.

Creating Theatre From Reality
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Creating Theatre From Reality

The Challenge of Documentary Theatre

7 March 2018

Anthony Dvarskas discusses the process of researching and creating America is Hard to See, a documentary theatre piece detailing the lives of a small community of sex offenders, and the town that had to adjust to their new neighbors.

“These are not natural events”
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“These are not natural events”

Ariel’s Technodramaturgy in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Tempest

11 January 2018

Anchuli Felicia King explores use of motion capture and the construction of an embodied and artificial Ariel in the RSC’s version of The Tempest.

Addressing Environmental Topics in Theatre by Using Greenturgy
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Addressing Environmental Topics in Theatre by Using Greenturgy

2 January 2018

Holly Derr interrogates green(drama)turgy at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and how stories can be used to reconnect people to their physical world.

The Breathing Hole and Inuit Cultural Dramaturgy
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The Breathing Hole and Inuit Cultural Dramaturgy

22 September 2017

Canadian playwright Colleen Murphy writes about the importance of including Indigenous characters in plays and Indigenous artists in the process of making them.

An Experimental Argument
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An Experimental Argument

Ethan’s Lipton’s Outer Space Odyssey Toward a Sustainable Life

8 September 2017

Ethan Lipton returns to his artistic home at the Public Theater in New York City to play with toys, musical storytelling, and space travel.

The Huntington Playwriting Fellows
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The Huntington Playwriting Fellows

a Model for Community Building

25 June 2017

Playwright Melinda Lopez and Charles Haugland discuss the ins and outs of the Huntington Theatre Company’s Playwriting Fellows program, and how it can serve as a model for other companies looking to fill a need in their communities. 

Bloom Where You Grow
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Bloom Where You Grow

Interview with Claudia Nolan, American Dramaturg

16 June 2017

In this second installment, Maggie Sulc interviews dramaturg Claudia Nolan about her experience with new play development in the Northeast region of the United States.

Fueled by Fury
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Fueled by Fury

Finding the Language to Fix Us

22 April 2017

Playwright Tira Palmquist and dramaturg Heather Helinsky discuss Two Degrees, a play about climate change and communication.

Fish Soup, Mourning, and Hope at the End of the World
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Fish Soup, Mourning, and Hope at the End of the World

18 April 2017

Dramaturg Walter Bilderback writes about the production of and audience engagement around Andrew Bovell's When the Rain Stops Falling at the Wilma Theater.

Imagining What You Think You Can’t Imagine
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Imagining What You Think You Can’t Imagine

A Conversation between Morgan Jenness, Anne Hamburger, and Seth Bockley

29 January 2017

Morgann Jenness facilitates a conversation with Anne Hamburger and Seth Bockley on their collaborative development and production of Wilderness.

Rules of Engagement for New Play Development
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Rules of Engagement for New Play Development

22 January 2017

Tira Palmquist, Christy Montour-Larson, Heather Helinsky, and Jeni Mahoney share their insight and lessons learned on new play development. 

Elyse Dodgson on Sarah Kane
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Elyse Dodgson on Sarah Kane

“She Was a Pure Writer”

11 January 2017

Interview with Elyse Dodgson, the International Director at the Royal Court Theatre, at the Stanislavsky Electrotheatre in Moscow about her work and relationship with playwright Sarah Kane.

What Aristotle Knew about Cars, Thermodynamics, and Drama but Didn’t Tell You
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What Aristotle Knew about Cars, Thermodynamics, and Drama but Didn’t Tell You

3 December 2016

Robert Ruffin considers how Aristotelian construction can be viewed through the lens of the laws of thermodynamic exchange, or the marriage of physics and dramaturgy.

Tough and Tender
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Tough and Tender

Lessons from Zelda

15 November 2016

HowlRound Associate Producer Ramona Ostrowski on attending the Remembering Zelda events at Arena Stage and how Zelda Fichandler’s example and words are a balm and a spark to her own work as a theatre practitioner.

Interview with Liza Ann Acosta
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Interview with Liza Ann Acosta

13 November 2016

An interview with Liza Ann Acosta, resident dramaturg at Urban Theater Company, about her recent work on three Puerto Rican plays.

Beyond Liveness
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Beyond Liveness

The Dramaturgies of Augmented Reality in Live Theatre

12 November 2016

Anchuli Felicia King discusses augmented reality technologies, one of the most radical technological advances affecting the theatre today and the unique dramaturgies and opportunities provided by AR in theatre.

Interview with Herbert Sigüenza
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Interview with Herbert Sigüenza

10 November 2016

Dramaturg Maria Patrice Amon interviews Playwright Herbert Sigüenza about his comic influences, and Manifest Destinitis, his adaptation of Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid.

Testing New Waters of Audience Engagement at the Goodman
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Testing New Waters of Audience Engagement at the Goodman

10 October 2016

Neena Arndt writes about new strategies the Goodman is testing to give audience members information about shows before they arrive at the theatre.

Staging Local, Staying Small
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Staging Local, Staying Small

25 September 2016

Kyna Hamill and Brianna Randolph discuss crafting Letters to Medford, a theatre performance by Two Roads Performance Projects in Massachusetts. 

A Hope I Can Live With
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A Hope I Can Live With

20 September 2016

Director Emily Mendelsohn shares her experience at the 2016 Theatre Without Borders Conference, and muses on an “ecological way of seeing” for her work.