chapter  6
12 Pages

Discovering the World of the Play: Researching Complementary Non-Fiction, Primary Sources, and Visual Texts

If the goal of performing scenes and speeches is to help students step into the shoes of their characters then conducting appropriate research to better understand the time and place those characters inhabit will help students know how to wear those shoes with authority. With that said, those studentperformers can take on another role critical to any theatrical production, the dramaturg. This chapter will define the role of a professional dramaturg and how both teachers and their students can conduct useful, collaborative, shareable research when they take on that role.