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celebrating dramaturgy

The Dramaturgs’ Network’s 20th Anniversary and 
the Kenneth Tynan Award Ceremony

a day-long online event
11.00-20.45 GMT, Saturday 20 November 2021

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To mark the 20th Anniversary of the d'n, join us in a day-long, online anniversary event celebrating dramaturgy.

In a series of round-tables, we're bringing dramaturgs together to exchange ideas, discuss inspirational practices from many corners of the world, and focus on contemporary dramaturgy that responds to the most recent challenges and innovations in the field and brings attention to best practices with an aim to make a long-lasting impact on theatre.

 

Then, at the end of the day, we'll be announcing the recipient of the fifth Kenneth Tynan Award for excellence in dramaturgy.

 

Celebrating Dramaturgy is an international collaboration featuring two of those dramaturg organisations that have been our allies in the past two decades: the Asian Dramaturgs’ Network and the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.

The day’s programme includes a roundtable curated by the ADN, Expansions, Intersections and Hybridities in Dramaturgy, and a special edition of Dramaturging the Phoenix, curated by the LMDA. We're also hosting a Shared Lunch – an online social session – and several informal networking sessions during the day. We'll also hold a roundtable on Anti-racist Strategies in Dramaturgy before the evening closes with the Kenneth Tynan Award ceremony.

Some of the sessions in our programme are free (birthday donations are gratefully accepted!) and our day ticket will give access to a social area (our online bar) to network with colleagues from all over the world throughout the day.

 

We look forward to celebrating with you!

ticketing types

Day ticket
£14.00 / £11.00 (d’n, ADN & LMDA members, and students)

The ticket includes access to all panels, plus the networking space throughout the day and the lunchtime facilitated social event.

Please note: the day ticket sales will end at 11am on 20 November. Attendance at the networking and social spaces is available only to day ticket holders.

 

Single-session tickets
£6.00 / £5.00 (d’n, ADN & LMDA members, and students)

Tickets can be bought individually for the ADN and LMDA round-tables.

Please note: once these events have started, it will no longer be possible to buy tickets.

 

Free events

Our panel discussion Anti-Racist Strategies in Dramaturgy and the Kenneth Tynan Award Ceremony are both free to attend, with a suggested donation of £4. We ask that you register for these sessions below.

Please note: our website charges a small service fee on top of the paid-for tickets, proportional to the price. This does not apply to the ticket with donation for free events.

organisers + coordinators

The d'n20 event was organised and coordinated by:

Katalin Trencsényi (curator & producer); Sarah Sigal (producer); David Harris (producer: finances & contracts); Lee Anderson (coordinator: programme & anti-racist panel, communications); Miranda Laurence (coordinator: communications); Hanna Slättne (coordinator: KTA); Catriona Craig (coordinator: anti-racist panel); Tommo Fowler (coordinator: anti-racist panel, communications, web design); Bernadette Cochrane (coordinator: ADN panel, communications); Lim How Ngean (coordinator: ADN panel); Lynde Rosario (coordinator: LMDA panel); Bryan Moore (coordinator: LMDA panel); Adam Lenson (technical manager)

sponsors + supporters

Kenneth Tynan Award sponsors:

National Theatre & Nick Hern Books

Event sponsors

Tom Stoppard & The Society for Theatre Research 

 

Partners

Asian Dramaturgs’ Network, HowlRound & Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas

 

Supporters

Methuen Drama, David Hare & Tamás Gádor.

event programme

 
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Expansions, Intersections and Hybridities in Dramaturgy

Asian Dramaturgs' Network
11:00-12:00 GMT / 19.00-20.00 Singapore / 21.00-22.00 Melbourne

In the past two years or so, notions of performance took on different flights of creativity as the world accustomed itself to new vocabularies such as ‘social distancing,’ ‘lockdown,’ and/or ‘restricted capacity’. This panel presents how some Asian artists and dramaturgs are responding to new realities in their social, cultural and aesthetic communities.

 

These include new ways of thinking, working, and dramaturging performance-making and performance processes and presentations. Artists and dramaturgs then also learned new aesthetic vocabularies in re-framing ideas of liveness, audience and performer participation, and intersecting different performance mediums to accommodate new ways of experiencing performance and art.

Curated and convened by LIM How Ngean.

Panel: Daniel KOK, CHENG Nien Yuan, Victoria CHIU & Carol BROWN.

 

MORE ABOUT THE PANEL

Access as part of a full-day ticket (£14/11), or as a single event (£6/5).
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Shared Table: a social event

Dramaturgs' Network
13:00-14:00 GMT

Bring your lunch and join us at our virtual Shared Table. In this informal moderated session you will have the chance to meet other attendees and to hear from different dramaturgs about what’s firing them up. Hot topic presenters: Suzanne Bell, Fiona Graham, Frey Kwa Hawking, and Luke Holbrook.

 

We’ll be facilitating the session through break-out rooms and open discussion.

Facilitated by Miranda Laurence and Sarah Sigal.

Access as part of a full-day ticket (£14/11).
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Break: Virtual Bar

Dramaturgs' Network
14:00-15:00 GMT

The Virtual Bar is open! Head over to the Virtual Bar to meet other attendees, exchange reflections on the panels and talks, and find out more about the d’n.

 

The Virtual Bar is open to day ticket holders, and will be hosted by a d’n member during breaks between sessions.

Access as part of a full-day ticket (£14/11).
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Dramaturging the Phoenix – special edition

Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas
15:00-16:00 GMT / 10:00-11:00 ET / 08:00-09:00 PT

In April 2020, inspired by the d'n Invisible Diaries blog, the LMDA asked its members to contribute short essays to boldly inspire, provoke, and explore theatre’s potential to transform through global crisis.

Dramaturging the Phoenix challenged writers to imagine the “radical dramaturgy” that will lead theatre and performance into the next year, decade, and century. What ideal theatre-making will heal the communities, nations, and the globe during the long recovery ahead? How can dramaturgical imagination and practices shape the theatrical phoenix that will rise?

 

Curated and convened by Lynde Rosario.

Panel: Ken Cerniglia, David Geary, and Lourdes Maria Guzmán González.

MORE ABOUT THE PANEL

Access as part of a full-day ticket (£14/11), or as a single event (£6/5).
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Break: Virtual Bar

Dramaturgs' Network
16:00-17:00 GMT

The Virtual Bar is open! Head over to the Virtual Bar to meet other attendees, exchange reflections on the panels and talks, and find out more about the d’n.

 

The Virtual Bar is open to day ticket holders, and will be hosted by a d’n member during breaks between sessions.

Access as part of a full-day ticket (£14/11).
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Anti-racist Strategies in Dramaturgy

Dramaturgs' Network
17:00-18:30 GMT

This panel will offer a robust discussion of some of the most pressing issues in theatre’s move towards a decolonised model, as outlined in the open letter ‘We need to talk about dramaturgy’ (circulated in March 2021).

 

The letter outlines both the existence of explicit racism in dramaturgical relationships, as well as the more nuanced, covert ways in which imbalances of power are created and maintained. This discussion will therefore explore developments in dramaturgy that can support a more authentic inclusive creative practice, to help the sector move consciously and confidently beyond the narratives, forms and epistemologies of the Eurocentric canon.

 

In considering their own experiences of best (and worst) practices in both institutional and freelance settings, this panel of theatre-makers and dramaturgs will address topics such as voice, appropriation and ‘risk’, and expand on their vision of what they’d like to see happen next in the industry.

Convened by Lynette Goddard.

Panellists: Sudha Bhuchar, Samantha Ellis and Kane Husbands.

MORE ABOUT THE PANEL

Attendance is free of charge. Closed captioning available.
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Break: Virtual Bar

Dramaturgs' Network
18:30-19:30 GMT

The Virtual Bar is open! Head over to the Virtual Bar to meet other attendees, exchange reflections on the panels and talks, and find out more about the d’n.

 

The Virtual Bar is open to day ticket holders, and will be hosted by a d’n member during breaks between sessions.

Access as part of a full-day ticket (£14/11).
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Kenneth Tynan Award Ceremony

Dramaturgs' Network
19:30-20:45 GMT

In honour of Kenneth Tynan, who worked at the National Theatre as the UK’s first serving dramaturg, the Dramaturgs' Network presents the Kenneth Tynan Award (KTA) 2021 to celebrate excellence in dramaturgy.

 

Established in 2011, this biennial award honours theatre professionals who have made an outstanding contribution to dramaturgy in the UK in the past two years, regardless of their job title.

 

The award ceremony will feature a conversation on dramaturgy with the shortlisted dramaturgs, and – following the announcement – the winner of the Kenneth Tynan Award 2021 will deliver their Dramaturgy Paper, an inspirational speech on dramaturgy.

 

This year's KTA judging panel members are Oladipo Agboluaje, Hannah Khalil, Stewart Pringle, Sarah Sigal, Katalin Trencsényi and Hanna Slättne (head of the panel).

Hosted by Hanna Slättne.

MORE ABOUT THE AWARD.

Attendance is free of charge.

tickets

 

You can buy either a full-day ticket to all our events, or single tickets to individual round-tables. We also have two free events at the end of the day.
Note: Members of the d'n, ADN and LMDA will be emailed a code to access their discount. Links to access all events will be emailed three days beforehand.

 

day ticket

A day ticket grants access to the full programme of events listed above, including the networking and social spaces. 

  • d'n20: full day
    20 Nov, 11:00 – 20:45 GMT
    Online
    Access to all d'n20 panel discussions, plus the networking space throughout the day and the lunchtime facilitated social event.

individual sessions

Tickets to individual sessions can be purchased instead of a day ticket.

 
 

free sessions

These sessions are free to attend (although you can offer a small donation if you wish!).

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