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TheatreNow! Season Four – Dramaturgs and Critics

The TheatreNow! Archive is currently a work-in-progress and will feature all the Season Three’s podcasts in the upcoming month.

2014 has been a building year. We have expanded our staff with the addition of Danica Rodriguez and Thais Flaitt Giannoccaro. Our global outreach has increased with representatives in the US, UK, Asia, and South America, and we have plans to translate our interviews into Korean and Portuguese. We also have a Young Adult Representative to help us build more interest in the theatre profession, especially among young women.

Season Four will be dedicated to creating an oral history of six leading dramaturgs and theatre critics active on the American scene, with specialties in new play development, new musical development, dance, opera, women’s studies, journalism, and cultural criticism . In the interviews, I will explore questions such as: How can we take advantage of advances in technology to push the dramaturgical profession forward? How have others done so? Do leading practitioners in the arts of dramaturgy and theatre criticism have anything in common? What is it? How can I expand my own practice to become an independent curator, journalist and advocate in a meaningful way? How can I advance the gender parity movement among theatre artists? How can I add content to the current movement for archiving theatre artists’ and companies’ works? How can I help the public to meet and recognize female theatrical experts across all disciplines? And, How can I use my dramaturgical skills and access to help young adults become interested in pursuing any of the theatrical professions?

Staff List

Anne Hamilton, Producer and Host
Otto Bost, Sound Designer
Cate Cammarata, US Representative
Walter Byongsok Chon, Asia Representative
Natalie Pandya, UK Representative
Danica Rodriguez, Young Adult Representative
Thais Flaitt Giannoccaro, South America Representative
Nancy Ford, Composer, TheatreNow! Theme
Helaine Gawlica, Digital Archivist and Website Creator

http://hamiltondramaturgystheatrenow.com

 https://soundcloud.com/theatrenow-1



Chon and Cammarata Join Hamilton Dramaturgy Staff

Hamilton Dramaturgy has expanded its staff by appointing Walter Byongsok Chon as Associate Dramaturg, and Cate Cammarata as Assistant Dramaturg. Both artists have made significant contributions to the company and its projects, performances and programming for the last two years, leading to their official appointment. Their contract is non-exclusive, and the dramaturgs will continue to develop their careers fully with many other organizations and artists. Hamilton Dramaturgy wiill be able to offer more expertise to serve all the needs of its growing client list. Welcome, Walter and Cate!

BIOS

Walter Byongsok Chon is a doctor of fine arts candidate at the Yale School of Drama, where he is writing his dissertation, “Behind Romantic Irony: How 18th-Century English Self-Reflective Satire Anticipated a New German Drama.” He received his MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from Yale School of Drama, where he was production dramaturg on Yale Rep’s Rough Crossing and Eclipsed and several YSD and Yale Cabaret productions. His other accomplishments include new play development (Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, The Great Plains Theater Conference), translation (Serpent At My Thigh, Inching Towards Yeolha, from Korean into English; Charles Mee’s True Love from English to Korean), conference presentation (ATHE, PTRS), and publication of his articles in Praxis, Theater, The Korean National Theatre Magazine, and The Korean Theatre Review, among others. Walter holds a BA in English from Sungkyunkwan University, and an MA in theatre studies from Washington University in St. Louis. He recently served as Artistic Coordinator at the Yale Repertory Theatre.

Cate Cammarata is a Producer, Director and Dramaturg, and is also an Adjunct Professor at SUNY Stony Brook.  She is the Literary Manager for Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and Jana Robbins Productions, and is in development with MY LIFE IS A MUSICAL as an Associate Producer.  Cate has previously worked with the HERE Arts Center, The Active Theater, Hamilton Dramaturgy, Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow!, Hughes/Moss Casting, Syracuse Stage, the Emelin Theater, and the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport, Long Island.  She holds a MFA in Dramaturgy from SUNY Stony Brook and a BFA in Acting/Directing from Syracuse University, and is a graduate of the Commercial Theater Institute.

Hamilton Dramaturgy is an international consultancy based in New York City. It was founded in 1991 by Anne Hamilton, who holds an MFA from Columbia University of the Arts. The company’s clients have gone on to win the Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur “Genius” Award, the Tony ® Award, and a Royal Court International Residency. Selected client list: Andrei Serban, the Joseph Papp Public Theater, the Harold Prince Musical Theatre Institute, Michael Mayer, Lynn Nottage, and Classic Stage Company. Hamilton produces and hosts Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow!, a podcast series featuring some of the most important contemporary female theatre artists working in America. http://hamiltondramaturgystheatrenow.com, http://www.hamiltonlit.com, hamiltonlit@ hotmail.com.



Hamilton Dramaturgy Intensive in NYC October 19-20

(Please note: The intensive has been postponed. If you would like to be placed on our mailing list, please send an email to hamiltondramaturgyintensive@gmail.com)

 DRAMATURGY INTENSIVE – AN INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP

AUTHORS: WALTER BYONGSOK CHON AND ANNE HAMILTON

FOR ADVANCED UNDERGRADS, GRADUATE STUDENTS, AND THEATRE PROFESSIONALS

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 hamiltondramaturgyintensive@gmail.com

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

PLEASE EMAIL THIS REGISTRATION FORM TO hamiltondramaturgyintensive@gmail.com

and you will receive an invoice by email.

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Anne Hamilton Joins America-in-Play Staff

America-In-Play

America-In-Play has expanded and reconfigured its artistic staff and happily welcomes two dramaturgs to our team. Joining as Senior Dramaturg is Anne Hamilton, a New York City-based freelance dramaturg and the Founder of Hamilton Dramaturgy. STAGE DIRECTIONS magazine named her a “trailblazer” in American dramaturgy, and AMERICAN THEATRE profiled her TheatreNow! podcast series.

Anne has worked with Andrei Serban, the Joseph Papp Public Theater, the Harold Prince Musical Theatre Institute, Michael Mayer, Lynn Nottage, Yehuda Ne’eman, Classic Stage Company, B.T. McNicholl, Tina Andrews, NYSCA, Jean Cocteau Repertory Theater, Leslie Lee, Andrew Barrett, Warren Bodow, Tom Cavanaugh, The New York City Public Library’s Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop. She produces and hosts Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow!, which features some of the most important contemporary female theatre artists working in America. She holds an MFA in theatre criticism and dramaturgy from Columbia University.

Ms. Hamilton will work closely with Artistic Director Lynn Thomson and Associate Artistic Director Dominic Taylor and will be production dramaturg for next May’s presentation of A Time Traveler’s Trip to Niagara Falls.

AIP also welcomes Andy Buck as Dramaturg. Mr. Buck worked with AIP this past year, including serving as production dramaturg on Exodus Code, Advice for Wanderers. He has been an editor and writer for such publications as PLAYBI LL, STAGEBILL and IN THEATER.

Elizabeth Bojsza, who has served as staff dramaturg for two years, is now Lead Dramaturg for The Recovery Project and was this season recipient of a grant from Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America to help launch this initiative.

This expansion reflects the achievements of the company’s last season and speaks also to our ambitious coming year to include a new cohort of theatre artists for a three year residency. The ongoing efforts of The Recovery Project will culminate in readings of reconstructed lost plays and a full production of our newest devised play at The Hudson Guild Theatre In May 2014. For more information please visit our website at americainplay.org.



New App Helps Actors Learn Lines

Here’s what’s new on the digital scene, straight from www.samuelfrench.com.

Samuel French has teamed up with MyTheaterApps.com, the developer of Scene Partner, an award-winning App that helps actors learn their lines using their own scripts or by choosing from a growing collection of Publisher e-Scripts—the authorized Acting Editions designed specifically for use with Scene Partner. The first wave of select Samuel French titles are available in the Scene Partner webstore for iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch). Apps for other Smartphones and Android devices coming soon. For more information, click HERE.

What is Scene Partner?:

Scene Partner is an app for Apple devices that allows actors to listen to their lines, their cues, or a whole scene to help them learn their lines faster. Actors can listen to a variety of prerecorded voices – available in different dialects as well – or they can record themselves and their cast mates! Each role can be isolated, so every actor can follow their track through the show or they can customize their track by making their own French Scene Breakdown. Everyone stays on the same page, with real time syncing of any cuts or edits to the script!



Dramaturgy: The Lowdown

Here is a terrific article about dramaturgy from the perspective of several UK practitioners. It was published on the www.ideastap.com website, which is an excellent source of arts opportunities in the UK.

Royal Court

Dramaturgy: The lowdown

by Jo Caird

(Published on 03/01/12 at: http://www.ideastap.com/ideasmag/the-knowledge/Dramaturgy% E2%80%93the-low-down. You may have to join ideastap in order to access the article, or you can download a copy here: Dramaturgy – The Lowdown)

If you’ve ever found yourself gazing at a dramaturg’s credit in a theatre programme and wondering what exactly the role entails, you’re not alone: dramaturgy is one of the least understood of the theatrical professions. Here we talk to experts from the Royal Court (pictured) and Soho Theatre to bring you the lowdown…

Dramaturgical work is a fundamental part of the directing process in British theatre.

Chris Campbell, Literary Manager at the Royal Court Theatre, defines it as “the explication of the text and working with the writer to make it work in the best way possible”. As Katalin Trencsényi, a freelance dramaturg and president of the Dramaturgs’ Network, explains, “there are no productions without dramaturgy. But there may well be productions without a dramaturg”.

What an experienced dramaturg might bring to the table, adding to the talent pool of the rest of the creative team, she says, is “sensibility, practical knowledge of theatre and strong intellectual ability”. It’s no coincidence that so many of the dramaturgs working today came into the profession by indirect routes, such as through directing, writing and acting, and that a large proportion of them perform other roles in the business alongside the work they do as dramaturgs.

Sarah Dickenson, Senior Reader at Soho Theatre, has worked as a dramaturg on a wide range of different productions, from new writing to dance. She stresses that “dramaturgy is always situational”, in that the role of the dramaturg on any given project depends on the specifics of the work and the different skills of the people involved. For her, the heart of the process is “exploring what will make a piece of work successful theatrically”.

That process may occur as a way of preparing a piece of writing for production, long before it has been picked up by a creative team, or it may happen as part of bringing that work to the stage. Either way, in the case of a piece of work by a living writer, Campbell believes that “the dramaturg’s key skill is being able to talk to writers without annoying them too much, without making them abandon their play, without confusing them to the point where they can’t continue to write it because they’re being pulled in all sorts of directions”.

Duška Radosavljević, a freelance dramaturg and lecturer in drama at the University of Kent, identifies that very often the dramaturg can be at his or her most effective when engaging as an outsider to the rehearsal process. She explains that after initial pre-production meetings with the creative team, she might only come into rehearsal on a couple of occasions.

“The dramaturg’s role is of someone who understands intimately what’s going on in the process but at the same time isn’t immersed in the process to the same extent as the other makers of the piece. So they can retain that position of being on the outside, which can be a source of constructive criticism. At the same time the dramaturg can be the first audience member in the process and therefore represent the perspective of the audience before the audience is allowed into the piece.”

When it comes to the kinds of theatre that might benefit from the input of a dramaturg, it is generally acknowledged that certain genres, such as devised work and dance, tend to give dramaturgs greater opportunity for wider ranging creative involvement, looking after a show’s overarching narrative, for example.

That said, our experts agree that there’s no fixed rule as to what works and what doesn’t. “I don’t want to prescribe dramaturgy for every company, director or choreographer”, says Trencsényi, “that would be wrong. Because there are companies and directors who feel they could benefit from the work and they are the ones that should work with dramaturgs. It’s as simple as that”.

Find out more about the Dramaturgs’ Network, an organisation committed to developing dramaturgy and supporting practitioners’ development.



About Anne

Anne Hamilton has over twenty years of experience in New York City, across the nation, and internationally. The Founder of Hamilton Dramaturgy, she has consulted with Lynn Nottage, Andrei Serban, the Joseph Papp Public Theater, the Harold Prince Musical Theatre Institute, Michael Mayer, Classic Stage Company, Jean Cocteau Repertory Theater, Leslie Lee, Deborah Gregory, Andrew Barrett, the New York City Public Library’s Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, the University of Iowa Playwrights’ Workshop, and Warren Bodow.

Her clients have gone on to win the Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur “Genius” Award, the Tony Award, a Royal Court International Residency, and several national playwrighting awards.

She worked for James Lipton (host and producer, INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO) for three years as the academic advisor to the graduate students and faculty at The Actors Studio Drama School in NYC. The Bogliasco Foundation of New York City and Bogliasco, Italy awarded her a fellowship in recognition of her personal contribution to the American theatre. She studied the philosophy of aesthetics at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University and was a NYSCA auditor.

Hamilton is a graduate of Columbia University School of the Arts and holds dual citizenship in the United States and Italy. She is available for consultations in script development, production dramaturgy, and career development, through her website at www.hamiltonlit.com. Anne is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.(DGA, www.dramatistsguild.com), Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA, www.lmda.org) and is the Co-Secretary of the League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW, www.theatrewomen.org).

You may contact Anne at hamiltonlit@hotmail.com or at Hamilton Dramaturgy, 215-536-1074.

Anne Hamilton, Dramturg and Playwright