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Dramaturg and dramaturgy

The Dramaturgs' Network explores dramaturgy through information, debate and practice.

Past events

Dramaturgs' Stammtisch

[pron: shtam-tish]

FREE, drop-in event​​

"A Stammtisch (German for "regulars' table") is an informal group meeting held on a regular basis, and it also means the usually large, often round table around which the group meets. A Stammtisch is not a structured meeting, but rather a friendly get-together. Traditionally, the meeting table is marked with a somewhat elaborate sign reserving it for regulars. Historically, such a meeting might involve socialising, games, and often political or philosophical discussions." (Wikipedia)


The Dramaturgs' Stammtisch is a regular professional event (held on the last Thursday of every month), and it is open to d'n members, as well as theatre professionals, and students.


Each event is informally facilitated by an established dramaturg, and will discuss the burning issues that are raised by that evening's regulars' table. The event is mainly aimed at supporting the work of early career dramaturgs through dialogue and exchange of ideas; however, dramaturgs at every stage of their career are welcome to bring their concerns, problems, questions to the table and share their thoughts on their work and experience.


Come and see if this d'n event helps with your professional practice!

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Stammtisch with Sarah Dickenson (November 2018) 

d'n café


The d'n café is an open forum discussion and professional development event organised by the Dramaturgs’ Network. 


With no fixed address, the d’n café is a conceptual space for theatre practitioners to meet, talk, and reflect on practice. The d'n café is also a place for networking, and is open to professionals as well as anybody with an interest in dramaturgy.


Past d'n cafés included:


- On verbatim theatre (with Robin Soars, Alecky Blythe, Chip Chung and Nicolas Kent) - 2011.


- New drama development in the USA (with Harriet Power and Bob Hedley), 2012.


- On translating for the stage (with Penny Black, Karen Jürs-Munby and Just a Must Theatre Company), 2012.


- On post-colonial performance (with Nina Feldman and Patrice Naiambana), 2013. 



d'n lab


The dn lab, in the format of workshops or masterclasses offers hands on, shared experience on various aspects of dramaturgy from devising through dance to new drama development.


Past d'n labs lincluded:


- Dance dramaturgy masterclass with Hildegard de Vuyst (les ballets c de la b), 2012.


- Devising, dramaturgy and the alternative science play (with Ann Van de Velde and Alex Mermikides), 2012.


- Adaptation and dramaturgy (with Jack Bradley), 2013.



Hildegard de Vuyst at the dance dramaturgy workshop, 2012

d'n lab on devising, 2012

The Dramaturgs' Picnic is an annual social event (traditionally held at Hampstead Heath): an opportunity to catch up with colleagues, share food and talk about dramaturgy. 



The Dance Dramaturgy Working Group organises outings for those who are interested in this strand of dramaturgy.




The Kenneth Tynan Award is the only award in the UK acknowledging the work of a dramaturg.






other events

Vanda Butkovic and Penny Black at the Olympic d'n café, 2012

Dramaturgs' Picnic, 2011

Is there anything dramaturgy-related you think is missing from our activities? Is there a topic you  think we should discuss? An idea we could investigate and develop? A festival we could be part of? An organisation we could work together with?


Would you be able to help organise it?


Do get in touch with us - all the above events were initiated and organised by d'n volunteers!

“…the whole day had a warm, inviting, thoughtful tone to it.  You've built a great community around you and the d'n, and I was very proud to have been there for such an important event.”

(Rachel Ditor, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas /LMDA)

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