Notes from the Field
One of the recurrent themes of the story exchange among dramaturgs is the ongoing use of metaphor. This chapter discusses working on productions, including working with directors and actors. The process of dramaturgy depends on the play, the production, and the personnel. The chapter describes some ideas about new plays and devised projects, and then some advice for early-career dramaturgs. There are some who get MFAs in dramaturgy, some who go via internships, some who shift from another creative role in the theatre and some who come in via other fields entirely. Navigational images are useful, the dramaturg becoming the guide who moves the production in the right direction. The dramaturg is someone who is equally comfortable in the rehearsal room and the library. The need to defend is intensified when working with collaborators who are mistrustful or downright hostile to the role of dramaturg.