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Dramaturgy in the Making


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A thorough study of contemporary dramaturgical practices, which draws on many examples from the work of leading theatre practitioners from the UK, Europe and North America. It maps the various ways in which a dramaturg may work in the theatre-making process and provides a theoretical framework to aid the reader in their own practice.

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Acknowledgements Foreword: The Roles We Play, by Geoff Proehl Preface PART ONE - Institutional Dramaturgy Chapter 1 - Institutional Dramaturgy - The Beginnings Chapter 2 - Methods: Curating Chapter 3 - Methods: Dramaturgy and Translation Chapter 4 - Methods: New Drama Development PART TWO - Production Dramaturgy Chapter 5 - Production Dramaturgy - A Theoretical Overview Chapter 6 - Methods: Product-led Production Dramaturgy Chapter 7 - Methods: Process-led Production Dramaturgy PART THREE - Dance Dramaturgy Chapter 8 - Dance Poetics - The History of Dramaturgical Thinking in Dance Chapter 9 - Dance Dramaturgy - The Development of the Role Chapter 10 - Methods: Dance Dramaturgs at Work Conclusion: Two Things about Dramaturgy Notes Select Bibliography Index

About the Author

Katalin Trencsenyi is a London-based dramaturg. She was trained at the Academy of Drama and Film, Budapest, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, and the EoetvoesLorand University, Budapest. As a freelance dramaturg she has worked for the National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre, Deafinitely Theatre and Corali Dance Company among others. For her research on contemporary dramaturgical practices, she was a recipient of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas' Dramaturg Driven Grant. From 2010 to 2012 she served as president of the Dramaturgs' Network.


One of the book's strengths is that while it tells a story about the creative process from the dramaturg's point of view, it also offers rare and detailed insight into the dramaturgy of creative rehearsal processes. The book is, therefore, also relevant to anyone who is interested in learning more about theatre, performance-making and creative working processes ... The detailed case studies alone make Dramaturgy in the Making a useful and interesting addition to the growing literature on dramaturgy. * Studies in Theatre and Performance *
By introducing dramaturg Mira Rafalowicz's four-stage concept (exploration of the field, creating and shaping the material, finding a shape, performance gains its own life), Trencsenyi is able to paint a broad comparative picture of different Western practices while still structuring and contextualizing the multiple voices and trying to find and formulate patterns and threads that connect the practices ranging from text-based and devised theatre to dance dramaturgies. In this, the monograph offers an alternative to the often quite eclectic ways in which edited collections present accounts on rehearsal practices. -- Ann-Christine Simke * Theatre Research International *
Dramaturgy in the Making first and foremost is a far-reaching book, with an international perspective and ambition ... This work is of an exemplary high quality, deep, and at the same time is infinitely useful and pragmatic. * Szinhaz *
Katalin Trencsenyi's Dramaturgy in the Making is a welcome, wide-ranging discussion of dramaturgy, featuring historical overviews, geographic diversity, and contemporary case studies in both theatre and dance. It is refreshing and informative to have so many developmental processes described in detail and to hear the varying points of view about dramaturgy from core collaborators within the process. * DD Kugler, Simon Fraser University, Canada *
Dramaturgy in the Making ... signals a generational shift. It assumes that for many answering the founding question - "What is dramaturgy?" - is no longer the central challenge for the field. It addresses instead a new and, for many of us, most welcome focus: exploring the rich range of practices found in the lives of individuals who have again and again demonstrated in their work as theatre artists why dramaturgy matters. * Geoff Proehl, University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, USA *
[Trencsenyi] has carried out richly informative interviews with a wide range of dramaturgs from across Europe and North America ... [The book's] real strength lies in its range of case studies, and the attention to the detail of specific production processes. * New Theatre Quarterly *
[H]aving documentation of the challenges that a dramaturg will experience within the course of their work, and a litany of excellent and useful interviews that detail methods for overcoming those challenges, makes the chapters feel robust and readable, researched, and useful. ... [T]he guidebook aspect of the text makes it appropriate and useful for undergraduates and emerging dramaturgs. * Theatre Topics *

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