The Assistant Dramaturg is responsible for helping the Dramaturg in a variety of ways. This may include research, writing, creation of cast materials, creation of lobby display items, and/or other duties as assigned. Specific tasks will be decided based on the abilities of the assistant and the needs of the show.
- Read the script numerous times.
- Read the Directorial Design/Conceptual Statement.
- Attend regular meetings with the dramaturg and director.
- Attend and contribute to design and production meetings.
- Collaborate productively with all members of the production team, taking inspiration and guidance from the dramaturg and the director.
- Meet specific deadlines detailed for the project.
- Assist with providing the following research/analysis as requested by the dramaturg:
- Textual analysis.
- History of the text.
- Biographical information on the playwright.
- Information on the play’s sociopolitical-historical context.
- Production history.
- Critical reviews of past performances.
- Review of various translations.
- Development/adaptation of the text.
- Assist the dramaturg during rehearsals. The following assignments might be made for rehearsals:
- Talk to the company about research material pertinent to the development of the performance.
- Provide resource material for the company (e.g. definitions of terms, pronunciation guide, etc.).
- Serve as a surrogate audience member by analyzing how certain choices may “read” and identifying moments where the concept could be manifest more clearly.
- Serve as a “critical eye” for director and designers.
- Other assignments as necessary for the specific needs of the production.
- In consultation with the dramaturg, provide information (commentary, illustrations, photos, etc.) for the program, lobby display, public website, or any other supplemental audience materials.
Online application for this position.