Anne Hamilton/Hamilton Dramaturgy


THE ROUTLEDGE COMPANION TO DRAMATURGY – Coming soon

I’m very excited that my article, “Freelance Dramaturgs in the 21st Century: Journalists, Advocates and Curators” will appear in this new textbook, edited by Magda Romanska.

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http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415658492/

It’s available for pre-order now.

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 multi-media to filmmaking and robotics.

In our global, mediated context of multi-national 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: inter-cultural mediator, information and research manager, media content analyst, inter-disciplinary 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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BCWJ Article – Achieving Authenticity On Stage

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Download a copy of my last Bucks County Women’s Journal Page & Stage column here: BCWJ Article on Achieving Authenticity on Stage by Anne Hamilton

Achieving Authenticity on Stage

By Anne M. Hamilton, MFA

As a dramaturg, one of my tasks is to do research. Many times, a playwright will need to know specific facts about a time period or a place so that her work will be as authentic as possible. As a master of fine arts student at Columbia University School of the Arts, I was trained to gather, review and summarize materials in order to help playwrights and directors to portray authentic scenes on stage. Whether producing a classic play, or a new one, there is always an information-gathering process which contributes to the finished piece.

How do you go about searching for historical facts in a timely and effective way? When I was in grad school, we would have to visit libraries and special collections, but now the internet offers tremendous resources. The growing national trend for archiving materials online allows us greater access than ever before. And new media resources add to the richness of available materials.

Besides some standard resources, such as online newspapers, dictionaries and encyclopedias, I have some new favorites. For visual, cultural, and historical information, the Metropolitan Museum of Art launched a series called “82nd and Fifth” this year.

According to the museum’s website, “82nd & Fifth is the Met’s address in New York City. It is also the intersection of art and ideas. We’ve invited 100 curators from across the Museum to talk about 100 works of art that changed the way they see the world. Eleven Museum photographers interpret their vision: one work, one curator, two minutes at a time. 82nd & Fifth is a year-long series of 100 episodes.” This beautifully-produced series is a treasure trove of images with cultural contextualization.

Metmuseum.org also describes the Heilbrunn Timeline as an online publication which, “presents the Met’s collection via a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of global art history.” The timeline covers many millennia of artistic creations, which allows the researcher to easily find accurate information. Available online since 2000, it is searchable by works of art, timelines, and thematic essays, from 8,000 B.C. to the present.

The world is at our fingertips.

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

 

 



ATAP Archiving Manual

Here is a wonderful new resource, released this week by Ken Cerniglia and Susan Brady, Co-Chairs of the American Theatre Archive Project Steering Committee!

After three years of development by ATAP archivists and documentarians, the organization has released its first edition of “Preserving Theatrical Legacy: An Archiving Manual for Theatre Companies”.

Download the free PDF from www.americantheatrearchiveproject.org/ and please spread the word!

You may also view it here: Manual_ATAP 08-13-13_0

The American Theatre Archive Project (ATAP) supports theatre makers in archiving records of their work for the benefit of artists, scholars, patrons, and the public.

Goals:

  • To preserve records of current theatrical process and product for future generations.
  • To employ theatre legacy to develop theatres’ fiscal health and support new work.
  • To promote a better understanding of theatre as a vital element of cultural history.
  • To encourage scholarly research in contemporary American theatre.
  • To increase funding for establishing and maintaining theatre archives.
  • To support collaborations among theatre archivists, dramaturgs, and scholars.


THE GUARDIAN Posts Research on UK Women in Theatre

“Women in theatre: how the ‘2:1 problem’ breaks down”

How well are women represented in theatre? New research by the Guardian in collaboration with Elizabeth Freestone shows a mixed picture. Find the full research results here.

(Excerpt)

Shakespeare said that all the world’s a stage – but how well does the theatre really represent women?

New research by the Guardian, in collaboration with Elizabeth Freestone of Pentabus Theatre, shows that women are still badly under represented, with a persistent 2:1 male-to-female ratio.

The research, concentrating on the top 10 subsidised theatres for 2012-13, looked at female representation in a variety of areas from actors employed to the number of playwrights commissioned for the financial year 2011-12. Board of directors, chief executives and creative teams were also examined…

(c) The Guardian.



Dramaturgy Book Bibliography
November 21, 2011, 12:01 am
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As a public service, I am posting this dramaturgy book bibliography. It will be very useful for anyone wishing to study about the continuing practice of the art of dramaturgy. The list was originally compiled by Intern Louisa Balch. Thank you, Louisa!

Dramaturgy Book List Compiled by Hamilton Dramaturgy