dramaturgy is nimble, expansive, thrilling, agitating, full of discovery, nuanced, specific.
dramaturgy is engaging (and it is responsive to the people it is meant to engage.)
dramaturgy can exist in a play bill, but if that’s it, ugh.
dramaturgy must be done by everyone working on the production.
the dramaturg is an igniter.
the dramaturg is not “the holder of all research.”
the dramaturg knows the room better than anyone else.
the dramaturg says what people are scared to say.
the dramaturg makes people laugh.
the dramaturg listens.
the dramaturg is easy to approach.
the dramaturg takes care of the room.
the dramaturg sits in the circle.
the dramaturg speaks on behalf of the production.
the dramaturg knows the audience.
the dramaturg is not responsible for providing answers.
the dramaturg asks questions.
(Image Credit: Model for the curtain in the first act of “The Firebird” by Stravinsky: The Enchanted Forest, 1945. Marc Chagall, 1887–1985.Collage with paper, watercolor, gouache, and pencil on paper. Private collection.)