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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 monthly 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 helps with your professional practice!

Dramaturgs' Stammtisch

[pron: shtam-tish]

Thursday, 29 November 2018

18:30 - 21.00

venue: 5th View

at Waterstones - Piccadilly
203-205 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9HD

 

Convener: Sarah Dickenson

Sarah will convene on holistic dramaturgical processes for script-based theatre. The question she will look at is how we as dramaturgs work with people to enable them to do their best work; at how we can work without judgment whilst enabling a spirit of discovery; at how we manage risk, and how rigour leads to safe spaces.

 

Sarah Dickenson has been working for nearly two decades as a dramaturg, project manager and playwright. She is currently Associate Dramaturg at LAMDA. Other roles include: Associate Dramaturg for the RSC (Midsummer Mischief), Production Dramaturg for the Globe (Holy Warriors by David Eldridge), Senior Reader at Soho Theatre, Literary Manager for Theatre503, New Writing Associate at The Red Room and founding Coordinator for the South West New Writing Network. Organisations and theatre-makers she has worked for include: Vicky Graham Productions, Graeae, Theatre Centre, Y Labordy, writernet, National Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Kaleider, The Wrong Crowd, Bristol Old Vic, Theatre Bristol, Old Vic New Voices, Liverpool Everyman, The Gate, Champloo, Ustinov Bath, Plymouth Theatre Royal, Tamasha, Apples and Snakes, The Almeida, Hall for Cornwall and The Fence. As a writer: POWERPLAY (Hampton Court, 2017), The Commotion Time, North Ealing (Theatre503).

Dramaturgs' Stammtisch

[pron: shtam-tish]

Thursday, 20 September 2018

19.00 - 21.00

venue: 5th View

at Waterstones - Piccadilly
203-205 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9HD

 

Convener: David Loumgair

How can our community of dramaturgs working across the UK collaborate to increase understanding of the role of the dramaturg? How can opportunities to work as a dramaturg be made more accessible and openly shared across the UK? How can we actively campaign for dramaturgs to be included in standard roles of a creative team, and become the normality for developing work?

 

This Dramaturgs’ Stammtisch, facilitated by David Loumgair, will explore the barriers to career progression and accessibility faced by early-career dramaturgs currently working in UK theatre, and explore strategies to overcome them. Mid-career dramaturgs are also welcome, where you will be asked to offer advice, guidance, support, and to share your own experiences with the group.

 

In the second half of the event, we will be offering advocacy on how to improve your biography and make it more impactful for dramaturgy job applications. Please bring a print out copy of your short (max. 200 words) biography, if you would like to take advantage of this opportunity. Please be advised that this advocacy will also be part of the group conversation. 

David Loumgair is a working-class theatre director and production dramaturg who was born and raised in the Scottish Borders. His credits include working with Dramaturge Nils Haarmann on Shadows: Eurydice Speaks; a new production adapted by Alice Birch for the Schaubuhne (Berlin), directed by Katie Mitchell (2016).

 

David is also the founder of COMMON, and regularly runs workshops for arts organisations to support the career and skills development of early-career dramaturgs. Since 2018 David has been working as Senior Dramaturg at the Old Red Lion Theatre.

Dramaturgs' Stammtisch

[pron: shtam-tish]

Thursday, 29 June 2018

18.30 - 21.00

 

Convener: Sarah Sigal

Venue:  5th View

at Waterstones - Piccadilly
203-205 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9HD

The topic of June's Stammtisch, chosen by Sarah, will be 'Can dramaturgy help you learn new performance languages?' We will engage with how dramaturgical strategies and frameworks may help creatives to move across disciplines.

Originally from Chicago, Sarah Sigal is a writer, director, dramaturg and researcher working in physical theatre, devised work, site-specific performance, interactive theatre and new writing. She has a BA in English Literature and Theatre Arts from Gettysburg College and an MA and PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London. Writing credits include: Agent of Influence (Underbelly, 2016 & National Tour) World Enough and Time (Park Theatre, 2014), The Odyssey (The Albany, 2012), Alice’s Adventures in the New World (Old Red Lion, 2010 & National Tour) and Dogfight (Arcola, 2006, Edinburgh Festival, 2007). Directing credits include: MARGO (Edinburgh Festival, 2018), EAT Zagi (JW3, 2017), Eating for Victory (Tea House Theatre, 2015), The Cold Clear Elsewhere (Edinburgh Festival, 2014), The Spies Came in from the Cold (Pushkin House, 2014), Secret Soviet Dinner (Exmouth Market, 2013), Caligula (Union Theatre, 2007). She is a freelance researcher and an associate lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University. Her book Writing in Collaborative Theatre-Making was published in 2016 by Palgrave Macmillan. She is the Live Performance Programmer at JW3 and is a co-founder of the Change of Art Festival. 

Dramaturgs' Stammtisch

[pron: shtam-tish]

Thursday, 26 April 2018

18.30 - 21.00

 

Convener: Amanda Fromell

 

Venue: Travelling Through

131 Lower Marsh, SE1 7AE London, United Kingdom

This month's convener is Amanda Fromell, a practice-led researcher, writer and dramaturg. She has worked with theatres and literary departments such as the Royal Dramatic Theatre of Sweden, the Birmingham Rep, the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatre. Amanda is an associate artist with Making Space Arts, and a script evaluator for the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting. She also works as a dance dramaturg, making performances using VR and animation (most recently on AΦE's critically acclaimed VR-performance Whist).

Amanda is currently undertaking an AHRC-funded PaR PhD at the department of Drama and Theatre Arts, at the University of Birmingham, developing postdigital dramaturgies which investigate and challenge the power of algorithms in contemporary society. Her practice is supported by the Curve Theatre.

PLEASE NOTE:
Attendees are asked to bring with them a playing device (computer or smartphone), which could connect to the Internet, and headphones/earphones. As part of the talk, we will listen to some ‘playpods’ (short audio theatre pieces), as examples of how algorithms can become part of both content and dramaturgical form.

Dramaturgs' Stammtisch

[pron: shtam-tish]

Thursday,25 January 2018

18.30 - 20.30

venue: 5th View (the cafe/bar area) 

at Waterstones - Piccadilly
203-205 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9HD

 

Convener: Gareth Morgan
 


Come and meet the newly elected President of the d'n, Gareth Morgan, and brainstorm and plan together with him the future of the Dramaturgs' Network and dramaturgy in the UK. You can also ask questions about Gareth's own practices as a dramaturg, or propose projects for the d'n for the 2018 - 2020 period. As our office is moving to Nottingham for the next couple of years, this is a great opportunity for Londoners to establish a relationship with Gareth and other members of the Executive Committee.

Gareth Morgan is a dramaturg and project manager, specialising in the arts and education sectors, working across the Midlands and South Yorkshire. He is also an Associate Artist at Nottingham Playhouse working specifically on developing new work and writing. Gareth runs Act 2: an East Midlands new writing project, based at Nottingham Playhouse, and was a co-producer of Nottingham's fringe theatre festival, FONT Fest. In 2016 Gareth was shortlisted for the Kenneth Tynan Award for his support of and work with writers across the East Midlands.

Dramaturgs' Stammtisch

[pron: shtam-tish]

Thursday, 30 November 2017

18.30 - 20.30

venue: Goldsmiths, University of London

Lewisham Way, SE14 6NW London, United Kingdom

Convener: Fiona Graham

This month the Dramaturgs' Stammtisch will be happening alongside the launch of the book Performing Dramaturgy, (Brill, 2017), the first comprehensive guide to New Zealand dramaturgy by Fiona Graham, the Convener for the MA in Dramaturgy and Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths. There will also be time for discussions and celebratory wine and nibbles.

 

Dramaturgs' Stammtisch

[pron: shtam-tish]

Thursday, 28 September 2017

19.00 - 20.30

venue: 5th View (the cafe/bar area) 

at Waterstones - Piccadilly
203-205 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9HD

 

Convener: Katalin Trencsényi

 


Katalin is a London-based dramaturg and researcher. As a freelance dramaturg Katalin has worked with the National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre, Deafinitely Theatre, Corali Dance Company, and Company of Angels, among others. Her books include Dramaturgy in the Making. A User’s Guide for Theatre Practitioners (Bloomsbury, 2015, Chinese edition: National Performing Arts Center, Taipei, 2016), New Dramaturgy: International Perspectives on Theory and Practice (Bloomsbury, 2014, co-editor), Bandoneon: Working with Pina Bausch (Oberon Books, 2016, editor). Currently, Katalin is working as an associate lecturer at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).
 

Dramaturgs' Stammtisch

[pron: shtam-tish]

Thursday, 29 June 2017

19.00 - 20.30

venue: the Reading Room of the Bush Theatre

 

7 Uxbridge Road, Shepherd's Bush, London W12 8LJ

 

Convener: Penny Black

 

Penny Black is a translator, dramaturg and writer. As dramaturg she has worked with Broadway producer Annette Ziemtow, Simon McBurney, Sarah Chew, Finnish playwright  Leea Klempola and on a verbatim project with Muslim women amongst others. She is the current president of the Dramaturgs' Network and RLF Fellow at St Mary's Twickenham. 

 

Dramaturgs' Stammtisch

[pron: shtam-tish]

Thursday, 25 May 2017

19.00 - 20.30

venue: the Reading Room of the Bush Theatre

 

7 Uxbridge Road, Shepherd's Bush, London W12 8LJ

 

Convener: Richard Shannon


Richard Shannon is a dramaturg, playwright and director. He works in both theatre and radio and lectures at Goldsmiths and Warwick universities.

Dramaturgs' Stammtisch

[pron: shtam-tish]

Thursday, 27 April 2017

19.00 - 20.30

venue: Arcola Theatre Bar

24 Ashwin St, London E8 3DL

 

Convener: Frauke Westgate

 

Frauke is a dramaturg who works to bring the full potential out of a production. In her own company gobbledegook she is particularly interested in developing immersive performances and installations for children and their families exploring different interactive video concepts.