The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy
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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 multimedia to filmmaking and robotics. In our global, mediated context of multinational 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: intercultural mediator, information and research manager, media content analyst, interdisciplinary 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).show more

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  • Paperback | 568 pages
  • 174 x 246 x 45mm | 505g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 38 black & white halftones
  • 1138946338
  • 9781138946330
  • 532,371

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"Romanska has put together a robust, impressively comprehensive volume that covers the ever-broadening scope of contemporary dramaturgy within a global context... this volume reveals the established, emerging, and imagined ideas of what dramaturgy is and could be... [it] is destined to become a go-to reference for practitioners and students of dramaturgy, along with directors, critics, playwrights, and theater scholars. Summing Up: Highly recommended." - C. Gillitt, Purchase College, SUNY, CHOICE "A timely gift to the world of contemporary theatre." - American Theatreshow more

Table of contents

Introduction Magda Romanska Part I World dramaturgy in the twenty-first century 1 Robert Blacker looks at the past and future of American dramaturgy Jacob Gallagher-Ross and Robert Blacker 2 Contemporary new play dramaturgy in Canada Brian Quirt 3 Collaborative dramaturgy in Latin American theater Margarita Espada 4 Documentary dramaturgy in Brazil Julie Ann Ward 5 The place of a dramaturg in twenty-first century England Duska Radosavljevic 6 On German Dramaturgy Bernd Stegemann Translated by Johannes Stier 7 The making of La Dramaturgie in France Kate Bredeson 8 Dramaturgy and the role of the dramaturg in Poland Agata Dabek Translated by Michael Leonard Kersey Morris 9 The new play dramaturgy in Russia Pavel Rudnev Translated by Jessica Hinds-Bond 10 Dramaturgy in post-revolution Iran: problems and prospects Marjan Moosavi 11 Performing dramaturgy in Syria: observations and interview with Mayson Ali Fadi Fayad Skeiker 12 Official and unofficial dramaturgs: dramaturgy in China William Huizhu Sun 13 Dramaturgy of Separated Elements in the Experimental Japanese Theatre Eiichiro Hirata 14 Dramaturgy in Indian theatre: a closer view Ketaki Datta 15 Dramaturgy in Australia and the case of Avast and Doku Rai Peter Alexander Eckersall 16 Dramaturgies in/of South Africa Marie-Heleen Coetzee and Alan Munro Part II Dramaturgy in the age of globalization 17 The dramaturg as globalist Tom Sellar 18 Freelance dramaturgs in the twenty-first century: journalists, advocates, and curators Anne Hamilton 19 The National Theatre goes international: global branding and the regions Jens Peters 20 From alienation to identity: transnational communication of Russian-Israeli theatre Miriam Yahil-Wax 21 Intercultural dramaturgy: dramaturg as cultural liaison Walter Byongsok Chon 22 The dramaturgical bridge: contextualizing foreignness in multilingual theatre Debra Caplan 23 Reading and (re)directing "racial scripts" on and beyond the stage Faedra Chatard Carpenter 24 Transcultural dramaturgy methods Judith Rudakoff 25 The dramaturgical process and global understanding Robyn Quick 26 European dramaturgy in the twenty-first century Marianne Van Kerkhoven Part III Dramaturgy in motion: demolitions, definitions, and demarcations 27 Dramaturgy on shifting grounds Hans-Thies Lehmann and Patrick Primavesi 28 Dramaturgy as skill, function, and verb Lawrence Switzky 29 Interactual dramaturgy: intention and affect in interdisciplinary performance Bruce Barton 30 The expansion of the role of the dramaturg in contemporary collaborative performance Sarah Sigal 31 Who is the dramaturg in devised theatre? Teresa Stankiewicz 32 Finding our hyphenates: a new era for dramaturgs Jessica Applebaum 33 Dramaturgy as a way of looking into the spectator's aesthetic experience Milan Zvada 34 Dramaturgy as training: a collaborative model at Shakespeare's Globe Amy Kenny 35 The art of collaboration: on dramaturgy and directing Anne Bogart and Jackson Gay 36 Dramaturgy in action{...}even if it's not as a dramaturg Thomas A. Oldham Part IV Dramaturgs as artistic leaders and visionaries: privileges and responsibilities of the office 37 Dramaturgs as artistic leaders Gideon Lester 38 Dramaturgical leadership and the politics of appeal in commercial theatre Ken Cerniglia 39 On dramaturgy and leadership Vicki Stroich 40 Leadeship advice to a dramaturgy student Anne Cattaneo 41 Season planning: challenges and opportunities Edward Sobel 42 The dramaturg's role in diversity and audience development Julie Felise Dubiner 43 Guthrie Theater's debt to women and diversity Marianne Combs 44 Reimagining the literary office: designing a department that fulfills your purpose Janine Sobeck 45 The National New Play Network Collaborative Literary Office: new tools for old tricks Jason Loewith and Gwydion Suilebhan Part V Dramaturg as context manager: transculturalism, translation, adaptation, and contextualization 46 A view from the bridge: the dramaturg's role when working on a play in translation Katalin Trencsenyi 47 Lost in translation Gitta Honegger 48 The dissemination of theatrical translation Adam Versenyi 49 Literary adaptation for the stage: a primer for adaptation dramaturgs Jane Barnette 50 Intermingling literary and theatrical conventions Tomasz Wisniewski 51 Research strategies in dramaturgical practice Matt DiCintio 52 Dramaturg as context manager: a phenomenological and political practice Graca Correa 53 New play explorations in the twenty-first century Mark Bly 54 Thinking like an actor: a guide for the production dramaturg Andrew Ian Carlson 55 The youth respondent method: new work development for Theatre for Young Audiences Kristin Leahey Part VI Dramaturgy among other arts: interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity, and transvergence 56 Complex in-betweeness of dramaturgy and performance studies Marin Blazevic 57 The dramaturg(ies) of puppetry and visual theatre Dassia N. Posner 58 A method for musical theatre dramaturgy Brian D. Valencia 59 Borderless dramaturgy in dance theatre Vessela S. Warner 60 The role of the dramaturg in the creation of new opera works Andrew Eggert 61 Dramaturgy and film Gerry Potter 62 Phronesis for robots: (re)covering dramaturgy as an Interdiscipline Michael Chemers 63 Dramaturgical design of the narrative in digital games Klaus P. Jantke 64 New media dramaturgy Peter Eckersall, Helena Grehan, and Edward Scheer 65 The science of dramaturgy and the dramaturgy of science Jules Odendahl-James Part VII Dramaturg as systems analyst: dramaturgy of postdramatic structures 66 Postdramatic dramaturgy Gad Kaynar 67 Teaching deconstructively Barbara Johnson 68 EF's visit to a small planet: some questions to ask a play Elinor Fuchs 69 Dramaturging non-realism: creating a new vocabulary Tori Haring-Smith 70 On dramaturgy in contemporary dance and choreography Sandra Noeth 71 Research, counter-text, performance: reconsidering the (textual) authority of the dramaturg D. J. Hopkins 72 The bead diagram: a protean tool for script analysis Shelley Orr 73 Methods for a new dramaturgy of digital performance Jodie McNeilly 74 Drametrics: what dramaturgs should learn from mathematicians Magda Romanska 75 Parallel-text analysis and practical dramaturgies Toby Malone Part VIII Dramaturg as public relations manager: immersions, talkbacks, lobby displays, and social networks 76 Dramaturgy and the immersive theatre experience Catherine Bouko 77 Barrack-dramaturgy and the captive audience Andras Visky 78 Framing the theatrical experience: lobby displays Miriam Weisfeld 79 Dramaturg as public relations manager Katie Rasor 80 Talkbacks: asking good discussion questions Jodi Kanter 81 Talkbacks for "sensitive subject matter" productions: the theory and practice Martine Kei Green-Rogers 82 Dramaturgies for the digital age Ilinca Todorut 83 Digital engagement: strategies for online dramaturgy Tanya Dean 84 Digital dramaturgy and digital dramaturgs LaRonika Thomas 85 Can technology save theatre? Tweet Seats, YouTube auditions, and Facebook backstage? Randi Zuckerbergshow more

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