Dramaturgy: The Basics introduces the art of dramaturgy, explaining how dramaturgy works, what a dramaturg is, and how to appreciate their unique contribution to theatre-making. A wide-ranging account of the role of this vital element of theatre helps students and aspiring performance makers to apply dramaturgy to a full spectrum of theatrical disciplines.

This guidebook teaches dramatic theories and script analysis as essential skills for aspiring dramaturgs and illustrates the various methods of reading for specific functions of dramaturgy. Dramaturgy: The Basics offers practical step-by-step instructions on how to practice production dramaturgy, dramaturgy of new work, translation, adaptation, devised theatre, site-specific theatre, literary management, criticism, editing, producing, and dramaturgical innovation, with detailed questions to consider at each stage of the process. This book aims to help students develop a dramaturgical mindset, enabling them to build a critical, inquisitive, and socially conscious perspective that is beneficial in all professions and relationships. Resource lists, further reading guides, and chapter summaries make this an outstanding guidebook.

An essential read for anyone hoping to make, understand, or discuss theatre, Dramaturgy: The Basics provides a clear, accessible resource for approaching this integral but often misunderstood facet of theatre-making.

chapter |11 pages


chapter 1|17 pages

Dramatic Theory and Script Analysis

chapter 2|20 pages

Reading as a Dramaturg

chapter 3|26 pages

Production Dramaturgy

chapter 4|22 pages

Dramaturgy of New Work

chapter 5|24 pages

Other Core Practices of Dramaturgy

chapter 6|21 pages

Dramaturg as Literary Manager

chapter 7|24 pages

Dramaturg as Critic and Editor

chapter 8|14 pages

Dramaturg as Producer and Innovator