Frequently Asked Questions
What is Dramaturgy?
Dramaturgy is the study of how theatre works.
It's something that all theatre makers are engaged with, knowingly or unknowingly, when they work on a project. Naming and approaching it as 'dramaturgy' is about understanding how your work works, so you can improve the ways you create, collaborate, problem solve, innovate, and articulate what you do. A dramaturg is a practitioner who specifically attends to this dramaturgical conversation. Every artwork has its own dramaturgy, and the dramaturg's role is to help identify and cultivate it.
The dramaturg sits at the intersection between theory and practice, working through processes of reflection, articulation, investigation, provocation and integration to support the artists, the audiences, and the art. Their core task is to try to understand all the elements at play in a given project, and how they work together to create a dynamic whole.
At the centre, we're interested in the dramaturgy of theatre projects, but also in the broader applications of dramaturgical strategies in unconventional contexts. Dramaturgy is a way of considering the anatomy of an experience, the conversation with an audience, and the way in which stories and ideas are understood and communicated.