Anne Hamilton/Hamilton Dramaturgy

Demystifying Dramaturgy on Kanjy

I am pleased to be working with Kanjy, a new global community for scriptwriters. Through Kanjy, writers connect with colleagues, find opportunities and share their work through secure, digital portfolios.

I will be sharing Kanjy news here on my blog, as well as on my twitter account @AnneHamiltonlit.

Demystifying Dramaturgy

I am often asked, “What is a dramaturg?” My answer is that I am a literary and historical advisor.

However, there are many functions and specialties within the field, and each dramaturg is an artist with unique training and experience, and a unique process. The beauty of working in this field is that I can create a collaborative relationship on every new project, based on the needs of the playwright, director, or production. New York City is my artistic home.

I love working on new projects. As a freelance dramaturg, they include new play development, historical research, and new musical development. I often try to help the playwright find development and production opportunities when the play is finished. Once playwrights are on my radar, I try to be very helpful and push their careers forward.

The essence of my practice is listening carefully to what playwrights need – sometimes they are aware of an area they want help with, and other times they just want a second set of eyes to review what’s on the page, and then a discussion on how to strengthen their vision.

I am currently working on several new plays and musicals, both privately and for organizations. Tom Cavanaugh, a long-time collaborator, has a reading of BEHOLD at the Blank Theatre in Los Angeles this month, and Warren Bodow, a second-act playwright residing in New York City and Tucson, Arizona, has just finished a new comedy called THE GUY ON FIRST BASE.

In my first year as a dramaturg for the New York Musical Theatre Festival, I am advising Alexis Fishman on developing DER GELBE STERN, which had a successful run in Australia recently and is part of NYMF’s Next Link Series, headed for a production in NY in July. Also, I’ve advised the development of PUMPED, with libretto by Marla Woodhill, JD Jacobsen and Nicole Jacobsen, and music and lyrics by the terrific new team of Kyle Ewalt and Michael Ian Walker. I’ve also helped Chicago-based singer and writer Jillann Gabrielle with her one woman show HEDDA, on the gossip columnist Hedda Hopper.

In addition, I evaluate scripts, new play competitions, teach workshops, and serve as Guest Artist at the Great Plains Theatre Conference in Omaha, Nebraska.

I work with artists across the country and across the world, from beginners to veterans. And I get a thrill out of engaging in the process which allows great theatre to happen.

Anne Hamilton

Anne Hamilton is the Founder of Hamilton Dramaturgy, an international consultancy based in New York City’s professional scene, and located in Bucks County, PA. She has over twenty years of experience across the country and internationally. The majority of her clients are located in N.Y. and L.A. Her clients have gone on to win the Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur “Genius” Award, the Tony ® Award, and a Royal Court International Residency. In 2009, STAGE DIRECTIONS magazine named her a “trailblazer” in American dramaturgy.

Hamilton has consulted 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, The New York City Public Library’s Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop, and the Great Plains Theatre Festival.

She produces and hosts Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow!, a podcast series featuring some of the most important contemporary female theatre artists working in America. Podcasts can be downloaded at

Hamilton may be reached at (tel) 215-536-1074 EST, or  (,


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!


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.,, hamiltonlit@

Melissa Maxwell’s Film FETUS ENVY

Here is a message from Melissa Maxwell, one my TALFs (Theatre Artists I Love to Follow),

We are proud to present the new short film FETUS ENVY, a timely piece of political satire that takes a sobering look at the “War on Women” and the criminalization of reproductive rights, by examining where our culture is headed when critical decisions affecting women’s healthcare are commandeered by ambitious politicians and faceless bureaucrats.

Watch it here:

From Melissa Maxwell, Writer/Director

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