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The d'n is a home for dramaturgs in the UK – and anybody who wants to become one, or work with one.


Our volunteer-led network of dramaturgs facilitates spaces for artists to meet, explore and collaborate, and this website is home to an expanding set of free and paid-for resources for the development of dramaturgical theory and practice.


our events

join us for discussions with dramaturgs in theatre, dance and performance around the world

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anti-racist dramaturgy

an ongoing part of our work is in working with members to understand anti-racism within a dramaturgical context, and implement it practically.

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dramaturgs' contract package

we're delighted to share our extensive work in creating a suite of documents for the fair employment and pay of dramaturgs

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invisible diaries

become a member of the d'n to meet practitioners, attend events and access resources (including free access to the d'n Dramaturgs' Contract Package


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become a member of the d'n to meet practitioners, attend events and access resources (including free access to the d'n Dramaturgs' Contract Package


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we've got information on training, working as a dramaturg, and some thoughts on how a dramaturg might collaborate with you. We can help you to find a dramaturg too.


24 Aug 2023

Meet the Dramaturgs

The Young Vic Creators Program and Dramaturgs’ Network are bringing together 24 dramaturgs and 24 creatives over 2 sessions on Tuesday 10 October. This is a chance for members of both organisations to meet, get to know each other, talk about their work, and find new collaborators.

The format will be half speed-meeting and half casual mingling. In the first half, each dramaturg and each creator will have a chance to introduce themselves in a couple of minutes. In the second half, everyone will have the opportunity to chat casually and discuss anything that sparked their interest in the first half.

We will be aiming to select a mixture of creators with different experiences and at different stages in their careers to have a wide range of participants.

You can express your interest here (deadline 10am on Friday 15 September) – but you need to be a member of the YV Creators' Programme in order to access this opportunity.

27 Jun 2023

Post-Pandemic Working Conditions and Freelance Contracts

On the anniversary of our Dramaturgs' Contract Package, we were delighted to host a roundtable on post-pandemic working conditions, in partnership with Stage Directors UK and Freelancers Make Theatre Work

We discussed the working conditions of freelance theatre professionals in the UK since the end of the pandemic, and focussed in particular on the findings of SDUK's 2023 Census and FMTW's Big Freelancer Report.

A big thank-you to our participants – David Harris, Jarkko Lehmus, Katalin Trencsényi (d’n), Mimi Doulton (FMTW) and Harold Finley (SDUK) – and to all who came!

8 Jun 2023

Workshop with Sebastian Born

In London, the d'n and Birkbeck School of Arts co-hosted a fascinating Applied Dramaturgy workshop led by Sebastian Born, former Associate Director (Literary) of the National Theatre.

d'n members and Birkbeck MA Dramaturgy students heard Sebastian share insights from his four decades as agent, dramaturg and literary manager, including his involvement with the world premieres of Kevin Elyot’s My Night with Reg, Ayub Khan Din’s East Is East and Alecky Blythe and Adam Cork’s London Road.

Sebastian then moderated lively group discussion of an unproduced play he has been working on with its writer, who had generously allowed the script to be circulated before the workshop.

The d'n is very grateful to Sebastian, and to Dr Seda Ilter, Programme Director of MA Dramaturgy, for facilitating the workshop, a video recording of which will be made available to d'n Members.

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