Anne Hamilton/Hamilton Dramaturgy

Hamilton Dramaturgy Intensive in NYC October 19-20

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Saturday, October 19, 9am-5pm

Sunday, October 20, 10am – 5pm

a Studio in New York City, Location TBA

Features: 10 hours of instruction and exercises, discussion of 2 essays and 5 plays, and a maximum of 15 participants.

Cost: $350. Contact: Anne Hamilton at

Register: Hamilton Dramaturgy Intensive Flier – October 19-20, 2013

Dramaturgy is a creative practice that, through critical thinking, enhances the breadth and depth of artistic imagination.  Dramaturgy is an integral process to the origination, development, production, and reception of plays and theatrical performances.”  – Walter Byongsok Chon

This workshop is designed to familiarize the participants with the term “dramaturgy,” to enhance their understanding and appreciation of dramaturgy as a practice and a profession, and to provide them with the essential tools to practice dramaturgy.   We will examine dramaturgy in its various functions and explore the role of the dramaturg in relation to the play text, the playwright, the artistic team, the theatre, the audience, and the community as a whole, both professional and public.  Through extended discussions and practical exercises, this workshop will help develop an understanding of dramaturgy as a process integral to the creation, development, production, and reception of plays and theatrical performances.

Syllabus: Introduction to Dramaturgy; How to Read a Play: Reading with a Dramaturgical Sensibility; Dramaturgy Practicum and Case Studies – Overview; Case Study I and II; Dramaturgy Practicum III and IV; Daring Dramaturgies in Practice and New Voices in American Theatre; Resources for Dramaturgs and Playwrights.

Anne Hamilton is the Founder of Hamilton Dramaturgy, an international consultancy based in New York City’s professional scene. With 22 years of experience, her clients have gone on to win the Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur “Genius” Award, the Tony  Award, and a Royal Court International Residency. STAGE DIRECTIONS magazine named her a “trailblazer” in American dramaturgy. She holds an MFA in theatre criticism and dramaturgy from Columbia University of the Arts, and was a Bogliasco Foundation Fellow. She hosts and produces TheatreNow!, an oral history podcast series on female theatre artists.

Walter Byongsok Chon is a doctor of fine arts candidate at the Yale School of Drama, where he has served as a Dramaturg and the Artistic Coordinator at the Yale Repertory Theatre as well as several YSD and Yale Cabaret productions. He has developed new plays at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center and The Great Plains Theater Conference. His other specialties include translation (Serpent At My Thigh, Inching Towards Yeolha, from Korean into English; Charles Mee’s True Love from English to Korean), conference presentations (ATHE, PTRS), and publications of his articles in Praxis, Theater, The Korean National Theatre Magazine, and The Korean Theatre Review. Walter holds a BA in English from Sungkyunkwan University, an MA in theatre studies from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. He is an Associate Dramaturg at Hamilton Dramaturgy.

Many thanks to Dr. Cindy Melby Phaneuf, who commissioned Walter Byongsok Chon to create this Dramaturgy Intensive for its first presentation at the University of Nebraska Omaha in May, 2013.

Please send an email, and we will send more information.

Payment: $100 is due to register. The remaining $250 must be paid by October 11th, 2013, or the deposit will be forfeited

Payment must be made by PayPal. We will send PayPal invoices by email.

  • The Dramaturgy Intensive is available for two-day workshops at colleges and universities. Please send an inquiry.
  • If you are located somewhere else in the world and are interested in the Intensive, please send an email indicating your interest and we will attempt to create an online program.
  • We are able to present the Dramaturgy Intensive in additional American cities.

Download the Registration form here: Hamilton Dramaturgy Intensive Flier – October 19-20, 2013


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Great Plains Theatre Conference 2013

I just returned from ten days in Omaha, Nebraska, where I participated as a workshop leader for a Dramaturgy Intensive at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and gave dramaturgical feedback to ten playwrights whose works were given readings at the Great Plains Theatre Conference.

Walter Byongsok Chon designed the intensive, which was one offering included in a month-long course offered by Dr. Cindy Phanuef. He gave six lectures, and Heather Helinsky and I led one workshop each.

It was my second year as a dramaturgical respondent at the GPTC, and my first as a workshop leader at UNO. The plays and playwrights were absolutely terrific. I also enjoyed spending time with other Guest Artists such as Constance Congdon, Mac Wellman, Ruth Margraff, Kate Snodgrass, Elena Araoz, Justin Townsend, and Eliza Bent. Many thanks to Artistic Director Kevin Lawler for inviting me to participate again.

Here are the plays I was privileged to work on:

PlayLab Readings

Penny  Gets Bit by Molly Welsh

The  Singularity by Crystal Jackson

Ganglia:  Instructions for the Symbiogenesis by Peter Roth

Daughter by Elana Gartner

Silueta by  Diana Burbano, Christopher Shelton, Tom Shelton

Neverland  Industries by Danny Carroll

Irreversible by Jack Karp

Madame  Ho by Eugenie Chan

MainStage  Readings

William  & Judith by Cody Daigle

Mai  Dang Lao by  David Jacobi

Many congratulations to all of the playwrights, and best wishes for the continued development of their new work.

Dramaturgy Intensive in Omaha

On May 23rd and 24th I’ll be joining UNO Professor of Theatre Cindy Melby Phaneuf, Walter Byongsok Chon and Heather Helinksy in teaching a dramaturgy intensive at the University of Nebraska in Omaha. I met Cindy last May while I was serving as a dramaturg at the Great Plains Theatre Conference. She has put together a terrific intensive workshop, which will be led primarily by Walter. I will teach a section on dramaturging classics, using Carolyn Balducci’s adaptation of LYSISTRATA as a text.

This intensive is open to University of Nebraska – Omaha students only. If you are interested in the topic, please contact me at, and I will try to accommodate you in the future.

Attached is information on a 2 day intensive part of this summer’s offering for undergraduate and graduate students through the department of Theatre.  There will be 3 professional dramaturgs with MFAs from Yale, Columbia, and Harvard teaching this class with me.  We will meet for 2 intensive days on May 23 and 24—and then the students will participate in the Great Plains Theatre Conference for one day during the week following to see dramaturgs in action.  If a student can find 3 days in May—they can take advantage of this exciting learning opportunity.  The course is THEA 8000 for 3 credit hours—and beyond the days in May—the course will be completed as an independent project.

Questions—email or call Dr. Cindy Melby Phaneuf, 402.554.2552

BCWJ Profile of Carol Sabik-Jaffe

I got to know Carol while I was teaching a scriptwriting workshop at the Philadelphia Writer’s Conference in June. I am pleased to profile her in my BCWJ column. I hope you’ll enjoy learning about her talent.

Profile of Carol Sabik-Jaffe

By Anne Hamilton, MFA

Published in her Page and Stage column in the Bucks County Women’s Journal (December 2011/January 2012)

Born and raised in New Jersey, Carol Sabik-Jaffe now lives and writes just outside of Philadelphia, PA with her husband, two children and a recently rescued dog named Enzo.

A multi-talented artist, Carol has been honored with three Best Screenplay prizes by the International Family Film Festival. IFFF recognized BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR and THE DEVIL’S DUE with the Best Comedy award and LIVING AGAIN as Best Drama.

She is now in the process of casting and securing financing for a feature film of BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR, a romantic comedy. The project is scheduled to start shooting in late spring 2012.

Michelle Pollino, a local Philadelphia producer/director is attached. Los Angeles producer, Beverly Nero (daughter of Philly Pops conductor, Peter Nero) is also on board, and Carol is acting as writer/producer on the project. Several recognizable actors have already been cast, including Jill Whelan (THE LOVE BOAT), Peter Patrikios, Suanne Spoke and Luke Healy.

“It’s really exciting for me because other people are as excited about producing this project as I am,” said Carol. “We have people willing to put their talents forward. The film is about a man who wants to be taken seriously as a literary writer but he starts noodling around writing romance novels. His romance story is released to the public in packages of women’s lingerie and creates a frenzy. But, he won’t admit that it’s his work. He starts to dodge the media and with the help of an old friend (who also holds a special place in his life and heart) he comes up with a plan. Of course, chaos ensues. ”

Comedy is Carol’s favorite genre to write. “I enjoy having a good laugh, and I enjoy people who can make me laugh. Comedy is probably one of the more difficult genres to write because not everyone thinks the same things are funny.”

Carol’s early career was spent as an artist and graphic designer. She finds that there are similarities between being an artist and being a writer. “As a designer,” she says, “Everything I did told a story. When I was designing something, I was trying to distill ideas to their essence to tell a story.”

In addition to writing, Carol consults as a Development Manager/Story Editor for Nationlight Productions, a feature film company in Philadelphia, and teaches screenwriting at Rowan University.

Download the article here: BCWJ PAGE&STAGE Profile of Carol Sabik-Jaffee by Anne Hamilton

Anne Hamilton has twenty years of experience in the professional theatre in NYC, across the nation, and internationally. She is available for script consultations and career advising through hamiltonlit@ Hamilton Dramaturgy Press has published two anthologies of Anne’s plays and poetry, as well as THREE SHORT PLAYS ABOUT LOVE by Warren G. Bodow. They are available at

Anne Taught Screenwriting/Playwriting Workshop at Philadelphia Writer’s Conference

I had the pleasure of teaching a scriptwriting workshop at the Philadelphia Writer’s Conference from June 3rd through 5th.  One of the nation’s oldest writing conferences, past instructors have included the great novelist Pearl S. Buck. Close to 200 participants attended. I taught three one-hour sessions to about 25 class members on topics including: dramatic elements, the dramatic form, developing character and storyline, differences in formatting between screenplays and stage plays, the writer’s life, cultivating self-expression, and myths and truths about professional writers. I gave the students several writing exercises in free form expression and writing taglines. I discussed the opening from the screenplay WINTER’S BONE to demonstrate characterization, diction, and tone. Class members read roles in a scene from a terrific comedy written by another participant, and I taught them how to give feedback in an appropriate and constructive manner.  Finally, I read two excerpts from my own work to illustrate the use of imagery and high dramatic stakes – the opening of AND THEN I WENT INSIDE, Part II of  THE STACY PLAY – A LOVE SONG – VOLUME I, and the monologue RED RIBBON TIE, which is part of ANOTHER WHITE SHIRT.

I will be looking for other opportunities to serve as a conference workshop leader. Thank you, PWC.

Here are testimonials from four of my students:

“I had the privilege of attending one of Anne Hamilton’s playwriting workshops at the 2011 Philadelphia Writer’s Conference. As an emerging playwright I found her workshop to be superbly instructive; submission formats and targets for submitting plays were particularly helpful. Her in-class writing exercises and prompts were excellent workshop fuel and her reading from her own piece about the 9/11 attacks was galvanizing. It’s good to know there is a resource like her out there as my portfolio of plays continues to evolve.”

-Lisa S. Lutwyche has a BFA in painting, a BA in Art History, and spent 28 years in corporate and residential architecture and design, teaching creative writing at a community arts center since 1992.  After attending AROHO (A Room of Her Own, a selective, bi-annual women’s writing retreat in New Mexico) in 2009, and a workshop there with playwright Ellen McLaughlin, Lisa started writing plays.  She had her first one-act play, THE FALL, produced in the 2010 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.  A poet, novelist, essayist and playwright, she is currently working on her MFA in Creative Writing through a low residency program at Goddard College in Vermont.

“Anne Hamilton provides an outstanding workshop for aspiring playwrights and screenwriters.  She speaks from a wealth of experience as a playwright and dramaturg and is able to impart her knowledge clearly and in a manner that is helpful to those on every level of proficiency.  Her handouts, which cover key elements of dramatic writing as well as formatting, are useful, plus she excels at establishing a warm, encouraging presence that infuses the insightful critiques of work submitted by members of the workshop.  I strongly recommend her.”

Diana Pazicky, Assistant Professor of English, Temple University

“Anne Hamilton’s recent Playwriting/Screenwriting Workshop at the 2011 Philadelphia Writer’s Conference was intriguing and informative. Her experience as a Dramaturge was put to good use in passing-on solid, technical information on Playwriting, together with “tricks-of-the trade” and some of her own powerful, inspirational writing.”

Nick Lutwyche has nearly 50 years of experience in military aviation engineering and operations,with 25 of those years in Royal Navy aviation including active service. He has had long time involvement in Community Theatre in the UK and the USA, which has helped preserve his sanity. His roles in many venues include  Actor/Back Stage/Front-of-House/Scenery/Construction/Trash-hauling/Lighting. One day he will write that play…

“I had the pleasure of taking Anne Hamilton’s screenwriting workshop at the Philadelphia Writers Conference. Ms. Hamilton offered a wonderful overview of techniques, examples of works and priceless information for breaking into the business. To be honest, I was on the fence as to whether or not I wanted to pursue screenwriting. However, Ms. Hamilton was so encouraging and inspiring that I applied to MFA programs that same day! Her workshop was truly an invaluable experience and easily my favorite of the three day conference.”

Porsha Addison, Aspiring Screenwriter/MFA Student

Anne to Give Workshop on Scriptwriting at Philadelphia Writers Conference

On June 3rd, 4th and 5th, Anne will give workshops on Scriptwriting at the 62nd Annual Philadelphia Writers’ Conference ( Please visit the conference website for more information.

Anne Speaks at Adult Learning Center/DelVal College

On November 16th, Anne gave a lecture on screenwriting, dramaturgy and literary management at the Adult Learning Center of Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA.

She was invited by Helen Wolf, who introduced her to the thirty or so senior citizens gathered for the event.

Anne shared dvds and books of plays which she worked on with various playwrights and filmmakers, such as:  Lynn Nottage (2009 Pulitzer Prize winner for RUINED. Anne dramaturged LAS MENINAS); Leslie Lee (SUNDOWN NAMES AND NIGHTGONE THINGS, Theodore Ward Prize for Best African-American play); Noah Lukeman (Anne spearheaded an international campaign to find a producer for his THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH PART TWO -THE SEED OF BANQUO); MARBLE MOUNTAIN (Anne dramaturged the screenplay STONE DANCER, based on Wayne Karlin’s novel); and AboutFace (Anne helped screenwriter/director Enrique Menendez turn his poem TRIGGER into the text for the film, which was screened on World AIDS Day in NYC on December 1, 2007).

She also described her work as a columnist on Healing through the Arts for the Open to Hope Foundation, and shared her process for developing THE STACY PLAY – A LOVE SONG – VOLUME I, which appeared in TRANSITIONS, an international juried Virtual Exhibit created by Pen and Brush (NYC).

Anne to Teach at Philadelphia Writer’s Conference
August 15, 2010, 12:00 pm
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I’ve been invited to teach a workshop of playwrighting and screenwriting at the Philadelphia Writer’s Conference next June. Please sign up at:


Anne Interviewed on NPR in South Dakota
May 1, 2010, 12:00 pm
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Ivan Fuller’s drama EATING INTO THE FABRIC was a semi-finalist for the 2008 Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference. Anne was interviewed on South Dakota Public Radio about her direction of the staged reading at Augustana College in Sioux Falls. She also served as dramaturg to Professor Fuller, and he received a 15-minute interview on the play’s genesis and development history. In December, 2007 Anne enjoyed great success in a one-week Guest Artist residency at Augustana, where she taught three master classes (Dramaturgy, Playwrighting and Collaboration), and three writers’ workshops.