Being a Dramaturg
Across three weeks, this short workshop series will function as an overview of dramaturgy
and what it means to work as a dramaturg. We’ll cover scripted dramaturgy, including how
to read critically, the noting process, and how to develop new work and support early career
writers; dramaturgy in a non-traditional theatre process, with a particular focus on devising;
and how to work creatively and collaboratively as a dramaturg.
When: 27th April – 11th May (every Tuesday)
As a small group, working together across three weeks, there will be space to talk about
your own interest in and experiences with dramaturgy, and the workshops will be tailored
to fit the expertise and experiences of the group. There will be time to discuss practical
ways to gain more experience and develop your creative muscles, as well as looking at an
overview of the role and development of the dramaturg in the UK theatre ecology.
The workshops are suitable for a range of practitioners, including early career dramaturgs,
those with no experience but who are interested to discover more, and directors with an
interest in working with or as dramaturgs, especially as part of a collaborative process.
Lauren Mooney is a writer, producer and dramaturg. Since 2015 she has co-run Kandinsky
Theatre Company, working as a dramaturg and contributing writer to their critically
acclaimed devised work. Credits with the company include Still Ill, Trap Street, Dinomania
(all New Diorama Theatre, where Kandinsky is an associate company), There Is A Light That
Never Goes Out (Royal Exchange Theatre) and their forthcoming show SHTF, due to
premiere at Schauspielhaus Wien in 2022.
Work beyond Kandinsky includes in-development projects Bump by Kelly Jones & Fanboy by
Joe Sellman-Leava, plus regular work as a dramaturg and mentor with students at LAMDA.
She’s written about arts and culture for Exeunt, The Stage and The Guardian, and worked
for two years in the literary team at Clean Break Theatre Company, where she co-edited
their monologue collection Rebel Voices (Methuen, 2019).
She is a graduate of the Royal Court Playwriting course and in 2020 she graduated from the
Creative Writing MA at University of East Anglia, where she held the David Higham
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