The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy
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Dramaturgy, in its many forms, is a fundamental and indispensable element of contemporary theatre. In its earliest definition, the word itself means a comprehensive theory of "play making." Although it initially grew out of theatre, contemporary dramaturgy has made enormous advances in recent years, and it now permeates all kinds of narrative forms and structures: from opera to performance art; from dance and multimedia to filmmaking and robotics.


In our global, mediated context of multinational group collaborations that dissolve traditional divisions of roles as well as unbend previously intransigent rules of time and space, the dramaturg is also the ultimate globalist: intercultural mediator, information and research manager, media content analyst, interdisciplinary negotiator, social media strategist.


This collection focuses on contemporary dramaturgical practice, bringing together contributions not only from academics but also from prominent working dramaturgs. The inclusion of both means a strong level of engagement with current issues in dramaturgy, from the impact of social media to the ongoing centrality of interdisciplinary and intermedial processes.


The contributions survey the field through eight main lenses:








world dramaturgy and global perspective







dramaturgy as function, verb and skill







dramaturgical leadership and season planning







production dramaturgy in translation







adaptation and new play development







interdisciplinary dramaturgy







play analysis in postdramatic and new media dramaturgy







social media and audience outreach.





Magda Romanska is Visiting Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, Associate Professor of Theatre and Dramaturgy at Emerson College, and Dramaturg for Boston Lyric Opera. Her books include The Post-Traumatic Theatre of Grotowski and Kantor (2012), Boguslaw Schaeffer: An Anthology (2012), and Comedy: An Anthology of Theory and Criticism (2014).
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Product details

  • Paperback | 534 pages
  • 171 x 248 x 30.48mm | 953g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 38 Halftones, black and white
  • 1138946338
  • 9781138946330
  • 601,242

Table of contents

Introduction


Magda Romanska





Part I World dramaturgy in the twenty-first century





1 Robert Blacker looks at the past and future of American dramaturgy


Jacob Gallagher-Ross and Robert Blacker





2 Contemporary new play dramaturgy in Canada


Brian Quirt





3 Collaborative dramaturgy in Latin American theater


Margarita Espada





4 Documentary dramaturgy in Brazil


Julie Ann Ward





5 The place of a dramaturg in twenty-first century England


Duska Radosavljevic





6 On German Dramaturgy


Bernd Stegemann


Translated by Johannes Stier





7 The making of La Dramaturgie in France


Kate Bredeson





8 Dramaturgy and the role of the dramaturg in Poland


Agata Dabek


Translated by Michael Leonard Kersey Morris





9 The new play dramaturgy in Russia


Pavel Rudnev


Translated by Jessica Hinds-Bond





10 Dramaturgy in post-revolution Iran: problems and prospects


Marjan Moosavi





11 Performing dramaturgy in Syria: observations and interview with Mayson Ali


Fadi Fayad Skeiker





12 Official and unofficial dramaturgs: dramaturgy in China


William Huizhu Sun





13 Dramaturgy of Separated Elements in the Experimental Japanese Theatre


Eiichiro Hirata





14 Dramaturgy in Indian theatre: a closer view


Ketaki Datta





15 Dramaturgy in Australia and the case of Avast and Doku Rai


Peter Alexander Eckersall





16 Dramaturgies in/of South Africa


Marie-Heleen Coetzee and Alan Munro





Part II Dramaturgy in the age of globalization





17 The dramaturg as globalist


Tom Sellar





18 Freelance dramaturgs in the twenty-first century: journalists, advocates, and curators


Anne Hamilton





19 The National Theatre goes international: global branding and the regions


Jens Peters





20 From alienation to identity: transnational communication of Russian-Israeli theatre


Miriam Yahil-Wax





21 Intercultural dramaturgy: dramaturg as cultural liaison


Walter Byongsok Chon





22 The dramaturgical bridge: contextualizing foreignness in multilingual theatre


Debra Caplan





23 Reading and (re)directing "racial scripts" on and beyond the stage


Faedra Chatard Carpenter





24 Transcultural dramaturgy methods


Judith Rudakoff





25 The dramaturgical process and global understanding


Robyn Quick





26 European dramaturgy in the twenty-first century


Marianne Van Kerkhoven





Part III Dramaturgy in motion: demolitions, definitions, and demarcations





27 Dramaturgy on shifting grounds


Hans-Thies Lehmann and Patrick Primavesi





28 Dramaturgy as skill, function, and verb


Lawrence Switzky





29 Interactual dramaturgy: intention and affect in interdisciplinary performance


Bruce Barton





30 The expansion of the role of the dramaturg in contemporary collaborative performance


Sarah Sigal





31 Who is the dramaturg in devised theatre?


Teresa Stankiewicz





32 Finding our hyphenates: a new era for dramaturgs


Jessica Applebaum





33 Dramaturgy as a way of looking into the spectator's aesthetic experience


Milan Zvada





34 Dramaturgy as training: a collaborative model at Shakespeare's Globe


Amy Kenny





35 The art of collaboration: on dramaturgy and directing


Anne Bogart and Jackson Gay





36 Dramaturgy in action{...}even if it's not as a dramaturg


Thomas A. Oldham





Part IV Dramaturgs as artistic leaders and visionaries: privileges and responsibilities of the office





37 Dramaturgs as artistic leaders


Gideon Lester





38 Dramaturgical leadership and the politics of appeal in commercial theatre


Ken Cerniglia





39 On dramaturgy and leadership


Vicki Stroich





40 Leadeship advice to a dramaturgy student


Anne Cattaneo





41 Season planning: challenges and opportunities


Edward Sobel





42 The dramaturg's role in diversity and audience development


Julie Felise Dubiner





43 Guthrie Theater's debt to women and diversity


Marianne Combs





44 Reimagining the literary office: designing a department that fulfills your purpose


Janine Sobeck





45 The National New Play Network Collaborative Literary Office: new tools for old tricks


Jason Loewith and Gwydion Suilebhan





Part V Dramaturg as context manager: transculturalism, translation, adaptation, and contextualization





46 A view from the bridge: the dramaturg's role when working on a play in translation


Katalin Trencsenyi





47 Lost in translation


Gitta Honegger





48 The dissemination of theatrical translation


Adam Versenyi





49 Literary adaptation for the stage: a primer for adaptation dramaturgs


Jane Barnette





50 Intermingling literary and theatrical conventions


Tomasz Wisniewski





51 Research strategies in dramaturgical practice


Matt DiCintio





52 Dramaturg as context manager: a phenomenological and political practice


Graca Correa





53 New play explorations in the twenty-first century


Mark Bly





54 Thinking like an actor: a guide for the production dramaturg


Andrew Ian Carlson





55 The youth respondent method: new work development for Theatre for Young Audiences


Kristin Leahey





Part VI Dramaturgy among other arts: interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity, and transvergence





56 Complex in-betweeness of dramaturgy and performance studies


Marin Blazevic





57 The dramaturg(ies) of puppetry and visual theatre


Dassia N. Posner





58 A method for musical theatre dramaturgy


Brian D. Valencia





59 Borderless dramaturgy in dance theatre


Vessela S. Warner





60 The role of the dramaturg in the creation of new opera works


Andrew Eggert





61 Dramaturgy and film


Gerry Potter





62 Phronesis for robots: (re)covering dramaturgy as an Interdiscipline


Michael Chemers





63 Dramaturgical design of the narrative in digital games


Klaus P. Jantke





64 New media dramaturgy


Peter Eckersall, Helena Grehan, and Edward Scheer





65 The science of dramaturgy and the dramaturgy of science


Jules Odendahl-James





Part VII Dramaturg as systems analyst: dramaturgy of postdramatic structures





66 Postdramatic dramaturgy


Gad Kaynar





67 Teaching deconstructively


Barbara Johnson





68 EF's visit to a small planet: some questions to ask a play


Elinor Fuchs





69 Dramaturging non-realism: creating a new vocabulary


Tori Haring-Smith





70 On dramaturgy in contemporary dance and choreography


Sandra Noeth





71 Research, counter-text, performance: reconsidering the (textual) authority of the dramaturg


D. J. Hopkins





72 The bead diagram: a protean tool for script analysis


Shelley Orr





73 Methods for a new dramaturgy of digital performance


Jodie McNeilly





74 Drametrics: what dramaturgs should learn from mathematicians


Magda Romanska





75 Parallel-text analysis and practical dramaturgies


Toby Malone





Part VIII Dramaturg as public relations manager: immersions, talkbacks, lobby displays, and social networks





76 Dramaturgy and the immersive theatre experience


Catherine Bouko





77 Barrack-dramaturgy and the captive audience


Andras Visky





78 Framing the theatrical experience: lobby displays


Miriam Weisfeld





79 Dramaturg as public relations manager


Katie Rasor





80 Talkbacks: asking good discussion questions


Jodi Kanter





81 Talkbacks for "sensitive subject matter" productions: the theory and practice


Martine Kei Green-Rogers





82 Dramaturgies for the digital age


Ilinca Todorut





83 Digital engagement: strategies for online dramaturgy


Tanya Dean





84 Digital dramaturgy and digital dramaturgs


LaRonika Thomas





85 Can technology save theatre? Tweet Seats, YouTube auditions, and Facebook backstage?


Randi Zuckerberg
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Review quote

"Romanska has put together a robust, impressively comprehensive volume that covers the ever-broadening scope of contemporary dramaturgy within a global context... this volume reveals the established, emerging, and imagined ideas of what dramaturgy is and could be... [it] is destined to become a go-to reference for practitioners and students of dramaturgy, along with directors, critics, playwrights, and theater scholars. Highly recommended."


- Choice


"It is not overstating the case to say that this volume will for sure be the book of reference for students, scholars, and dramaturgs in the fields named above if it comes to questions of dramaturgy. The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy goes far beyond a conventional handbook on dramaturgy as a way to structure a text to be staged. Rather, it claims attention to and evokes interest for the variety of a concept and a profession that not only covers crucial aspects of the field, but also implicitly highlights the richesse of dramaturgy as a field of study and therefore advocates theatre, performance and media studies as important disciplines that have a long history whose end is not in sight."


- Journal of Contemporary Drama in English


"A wide range of working methods in postdramatic theatre outlined in clear terms."


- Theatralia


"A timely gift to the world of contemporary theatre."


- American Theatre


"A singular, vital, and necessary contribution to the field."


- Platform: Postgraduate Journal of Theatre Arts





"An indispensable resource for anyone serious about dramaturgy."


- Contemporary Theatre Review


"The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy will prove highly useful in theatre and performance practice, education, and scholarship."


- Theatre Survey


"Offers an impressive range of voices and insights into dramaturgical practice."


- Theatre Research International
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