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Dramaturgy

ENGL 256.401
instructor(s):
TR 12-1:30

This course will examine the functions and methods of the dramaturg--the person in the theatrical process who advises the artistic collaborators on (among other things) new play development, the structure of the script, the playwright's biography and other writings, the play's first production and its subsequent production history, and the historical and regional details of the period depicted in the play's action. We will study the history of the dramaturg in the American theatre and discuss contemporary issues relating to the dramaturg's contribution to theatrical production. And, in creative teams, the class will create dramaturgical portfolios for a season of imaginary (and, potentially, a few actual) theatrical productions.