Dramaturgy

HANNA ROHN

WHAT IS DRAMATURGY?

 

 

„One could scarcely imagine a figure less reminiscent of G.E.Lessing.“ (Behrndt/Turner: Dramaturgy and Performance, 2008)

 

In the traditional way a dramaturg does the programming for a theatre, he or she chooses plays and performances, directors and actors and keeps track of the overall artistic concept of a theatre/venue. At a later stage, called production dramaturgy, the dramaturg does the research (e.g. of background information, current political connections to a play etc.) for a production, edits, translates or adapts texts and advises the director and the rest of the ensemble on the process of making and rehearsing. He/she acts as an outside eye to provide thorough feedback from an audience point of view.

 

In a contemporary context of fringe theatre (freies Theater), live art, interdisciplinary artistic projects and devised performance, being a dramaturg becomes a multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary role that is constantly changing and adapts to every production anew.

 

Here is a list of what a dramaturg can do for you and your project:

 

  • Being an outside eye

 

  • Programming and Curating, making a season`s schedule

 

  • Researching background information

 

  • Structuring thoughts and images, finding and showing interesting connections within your work

 

  • Bouncing ideas around with/Brainstorming

 

  • Asking the right questions to help your art making

 

  • Editing, adapting, translating and writing text

 

  • Giving critical and detailed feedback throughout the rehearsal and making process and about the performance or art work itself

 

  • Playing devil`s advocate in discussions

 

  • Casting and Networking

 

  • Advising the director/the ensemble/the scenographer/the devising process

 

  • Teambuilding

  • Producing

 

  • Organisation and Administration of your production

 

  • Finding creative solutions for presenting yourself/your art work and Marketing

 

  • Creating Applied theatre (Theaterpädagogik) and workshops in tune with your production

 

  • Formulating and keeping track of an over all artistic concept

 

 

If you think you need a dramaturg or have any questions about the above, do get in touch with me. I will be very happy to hear from you.

Contact a dramaturg

© Hanna Rohn, 2014