As an organisation, we wish to support dramaturgs to be rigorous in their anti-racist artistic practice.
The d'n has therefore been therefore collating resources and organising events which aim to interrogate traditional, Eurocentric dramaturgies and modes of storytelling. Some of our activities include.
for our d'n20 event, we hosted a roundtable on anti-racist dramaturgical practices, chaired by Dr Lynette Goddard. You can watch the video here, hosted by HowlRound;
a d'n board member participated in the Young Vic's online Challenging Eurocentric Dramaturgy panel discussion;
we instigated and supported development of Sheffield Theatres' New Dramaturgs programme, to begin addressing the lack of diversity amongst English dramaturg;
we've convened multiple members' meetings to share experiences and strategies regarding to anti-racist practice;
and, of course, we've interrogated our own processes and practices as an organisation to ensure that our aims and actions continually strive for positive change.
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Felicia Rose Chavez's book The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to decolonize the creative classroom explores strategies for teaching creative writing, free of traditional models with reenforce the supremacy of white literature.
It's focus is on prose writing, but its analysis of creative writing pedagogy is equally applicable within theatrical settings.
Please note that these resources are conversation-starters and provocations to dramaturgs – they're by no means exhaustive.