Anne Hamilton/Hamilton Dramaturgy

PUMPED – A new musical in NYC

PUMPED will hold two invitation-only readings directed by Evan Pappas this week in New York City. I’ve been working as a dramaturg for the creative team for a couple of months, and have enjoyed every minute of it. Congratulations!

Read about it here on

BCWJ Article – TACT’s Salon Series in NYC

TACT’S Salon Series in New York City

By Anne M. Hamilton, MFA

According to its mission, The Actors Company Theatre is, “dedicated to presenting neglected or rarely produced plays of literary merit, with a focus on creating theatre from its essence: the text and the actor’s ability to bring it to life”.  Last season, the Wall Street Journal named TACT “Company of the Year”. With mainstage productions held at the Beckett Theatre on Theatre Row, the ensemble also presents a more intimate Salon Series in the Flatiron District. This year TACT will present four mid-twentieth-century plays by female theatre artists.

Ruth Gordon was an American actress and writer who played many roles on Broadway from 1916 to 1976, including Nora in A Doll’s House, Mrs. Kitty Warren in Mrs. Warren’s Profession, and Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi in The Matchmaker. In A Very Rich Woman (based on a play by Phillipe Heriat), a rich Boston widow fights her daughters’ efforts to declare her incompetent in order to gain access to her money.

Alice Childress performed with the American Negro Theatre and premiered on Broadway with the ANT’s hugely successful Anna Lucasta. Later, she became one of the first African-American women to have work professionally produced on the New York stage.In the groundbreaking backstage satire Trouble in Mind (1955), a talented African-American actress finally has the chance to play a lead role on the Great White Way, but only if she’s willing to compromise her principles.

In Toys in the Attic, Lillian Hellman portrays a single day in the life of a New Orleans family, when a prodigal brother returns home to his middle-aged sisters with an overnight fortune in his pocket. The drama opened on Broadway in 1960 starring Jason Robards, Jr., Maureen Stapleton and Irene Worth, and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play.

Finally, in Agatha Christie’s The Hollow, a family gathering in an English country home leads to murder. This beloved mystery author’s play The Mousetrap has been running continuously in the West End since 1952. The Hollow, based on her novel of the same name from 1946, premiered in 1951 in Cambridge.

Anne Hamilton has 22 years of experience as an dramaturg. She is available for script consultations and career advising through Season Three of Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! launched with an interview with Kate Valk, The Wooster Group’s leading actress.

Download the article here: BCWJ Article on TACT’s SALON SERIES IN NEW YORK CITY by Anne Hamilton


New Poem

Syria Crisis Ad, pg. 108, This Week’s New Yorker


liberalism, democracy

air strikes.

UN sanctions, conservative filibuster

budget debate, Obamacare

I’m scared. Help me.

         There’s not enough food.

       It’s hot. My sister’s dead.

   And Mommy can’t move.

One set of hurt eyes – a little boy’s –

Tell me that words are cheap

when people are dying.

Stop. Wasting. Time.  Do. Something. Right.



© Anne Hamilton, Sept. 22, 2013

Hamilton Dramaturgy Intensive Postponed

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Hamilton Dramaturgy Intensive scheduled for October 19th and 20th has been postponed. We hope to be able to offer it sometime in the near future. If you would like to be placed on our mailing list for future workshops, please send a message to

George Marcy and Carol Lawrence Team Up at Don’t Tell Mama

George Marcy

Congratulations to George Marcy, who will star in his new cabaret I WISH I WERE TWINS at Don’t Tell Mama in NYC on September 23rd and 29th.  Carol Lawrence, his good friend and co-star in Broadway’s original WEST SIDE STORY will direct.

This is the third autobiographical cabaret that I have worked on with George. I gave him some script development advice on the show. It is always a pleasure, and this is a show not to be missed. See you there!