"Wow o wow o wow! I just reread your notes again and damn! So helpful - especially the tracking of the realities. I also liked how you named them. It helps me see the structure more clearly (it also made me extra convinced that structure is everything and everything is probably just poetry)." - lingyue, playwright
New Play Development
If you have a play that needs a little love, I specialize in providing thoughtful observations to gauge how your play is reading, asking kind but constructive questions to prompt you when you're feeling stuck, and addressing structural integrity and thematic through-lines at any stage of development. This can look like like a letter, a series of questions over email, a 90 minute phone call, a brainstorm session over coffee, or a combination of all four.
"Allie!!! I just skimmed through your feedback and omgaaaahhhhh I feel so seen! This is the kind of questioning I have been DYING FOR. Like I keep looking for people to help me but they don't get the story and can't help me pinpoint what's wrong/offer suggestions because they're waiting for me to lead. But I'm asking for THEIR guidance because I'm stuck. *smdh* thank you! I have lots to think about." - lingyue, playwright
Every play needs something different. If you're interested, reach out to me below and we can talk possibilities and rates (always negotiable).
Moving into production, a dramaturg can assist the director, designers, and actors in garnering a deeper understanding of themes, context, character, etc. as they relate to the story being told and the way the play functions. We can act as the advocate for the play, as they cannot speak for themselves. We can initiate and moderate audience engagement to become a productive form of feedback or meaningful exploration of the work. The exact tasks of a dramaturg depend on the play's needs.
this heart in my mouth is called home
development and production dramaturg / assistant director
homemade vision board with development inspiration from the devising process
this piece was soft, and meant to leave a lot of space for the audience to fill in the blanks. so i designed passive audience engagement to better suit the nature of the work: i.e. (optional) pre-show postcard writing and a vision board.
Twelfth Night or What You Will
Vinessa Vidotto, Tyler Reaser, and Colt Watkiss. Photo by Ed Flores