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A selected bibliography for further reading about dramaturgy, chosen by our members.

Aristotle (1999), Poetics, translated by Kenneth McLeish, Dramatic Context series, New York: Theatre Communications Group in arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

Auerbach, Erich (2003), Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 50th Anniversary Edition.

Barba, Eugenio and Nicola Savarese (2006), A Dictionary of Theatre Anthropology. The Secret Art of the Performer, translated by Richard Fowler, Abingdon / New York: Routledge.

Barba, Eugenio (2010), On Directing and Dramaturgy. Burning the House. Abingdon: Routledge.

Behrndt, Synne K. (2010), ‘Dance, Dramaturgy and Dramaturgical Thinking’, Contemporary Theatre Review, Vol. 20, No 2: 185-96.

Bellisco, Manuel and Maria Jose Cifuentes and Amparo Ecija (eds) (2011), Rethinking Dramaturgy: Errancy and transformation, Murcia: Centro Párraga / CENDEAC.

Bleeker, Maaike (2003), ‘Dramaturgy as a mode of looking’, Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, Issue 26, Vol 13, No 2: 163-72.

Bly, Mark (ed) (1996 and 2001), The Production Notebooks, Theatre in process. Vol. 1 and 2, Theatre Communications Group, New York.

Bogart, Anne and Tina Landau (2005), The Viewpoints Book. A Practical Guide to Viewpoints and Composition, New York: Theatre Communications Group.

Boenisch, Peter M. (2010), ‘Towards a Theatre of Encounter and Experience: Reflexive Dramaturgies and Classic Texts’, Contemporary Theatre Review, Vol 20, Issue 2, (2010):162-172.

Boenisch, Peter (2015), Directing scenes and senses.The thinking of Regie, Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Brecht, Bertolt (1978), ‘A Short Organum for the Theatre’ in Brecht on Theatre. The Development of an Aesthetic, edited and translated by John Willett, London: Methuen, pp.179-205.

Brecht, Bertolt (2002), The Messingkauf Dialogues, translated by John Willett, London: Methuen, (first UK publication: 1965).

Brown, Lenora Inez (2011), The Art of Active Dramaturgy. Transforming Critical Thought Into Dramatic Action, Newbury: Focus Publishing.

Burrows, Jonathan (2010), A Choreographer’s Handbook. Abingdon: Routledge.

Campbell, Alyson and Stephen Farrier (eds.) (2015), Queer Dramaturgies. International Perspectives on Where Performance Leads Queer, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Cardullo, Bert (ed) (1995), What is dramaturgy?, New York: Peter Lang.

Copelin, David (2013), ‘On Teaching Dramaturgy’, HowlRound,

Cools, Guy (ed) (2013), body : language booklet series, London: Sadlers Wells.

Danan, Joseph (2010), Qu’est-ce que la dramaturgie?, Arles: Actes Sud.

Diderot, Denis (1957), The Paradox of Acting, translated by Walter Herries Pollock, and Archer, William, New York: Hill and Wang.

Eckersall, Peter (2006), ‘Towards an Expanded Dramaturgical Practice: A Report on “The Dramaturgy and cultural Intervention Project”’, Theatre Research International, 31/3, October 2006:283-97.

Eckersall, Peter, Melanie Beddie and Paul Monaghan (2011), Dramaturgies. New theatres for the 21st century. Documents and Debates from Dramaturgies #4, Melbourne: Carl Nilsson-Polias.

Eckersall, Peter, Helena Grehan, Edward Scheer (2017), New Media Dramaturgy: Performance, Media and New-Materialism, Palgrave.

Esslin, Martin: ‘The Role of the Dramaturg in European Theater’, Theater, 1978. Vol 10, No 1: 48-50.

Etchells, Tim (1999), Certain Fragments. Contemporary Perforamance and Forced Entertainment, Abingdon: Routledge.

Etchells, Tim (2009), ‘Doing Time’, Performance Research, Vol 14, No 3:71-80.

Finburgh, Clare (2010), ‘External and Internal Dramaturgies: The French Context’, Contemporary Theatre Review, Vol 20, Issue 2:203-13.

Fujiwara, Denise, DD Kugler and Tama Soble (1988), ‘Care to Dance Dramatuge? The Invention of a New Craft.’, Theatrum 11, Fall:17-20. Revised, 30th-anniversary edition in (9 January 2019):

Graham, Fiona (2017), Performing Dramaturgy, Wellington: Playmarket.

Grochala, Sarah (2017), The Contemporary Political Play. Rethinking Dramaturgical Structure, London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.

Hansen, Pil - Darcey Callison (eds.) (2015), Dance Dramaturgy. Modes of Agency, Awareness and Engagement, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Hoghe, Raimund - Ulli Weiss , transl. Penny Black, ed. Katalin Trencsényi (2016), Bandoneon. Working with Pina Bausch, London: Oberon Books.

Hustic, Deborah (2012), ‘Interview with Scott deLahunta, part 1: On working processes and digital realms’,

Hustic, Deborah, ‘Interview with Scott deLahunta, part 2: Catching some dancing algorithms’,

Johnston, Jill (1971), Marmalade Me, New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc.

Jonas, Susan, Geoff Proehl and Michael Lupu, (eds) (1997), Dramaturgy in American Theatre. A Source Book, Orlando: Harcourt Brace & Company.

Kostick, Gavin (2013), ‘Behind the curtain: the dark arts of dramaturgy’,  The Irish Times, 8 October 2013.

Kunst, Bojana (2009), ‘The Economy of Proximity: Dramaturgical Work in Contemporary Dance’, Performance Research, Vol. 14, No. 3: 81-88.

deLahunta, Scott (ed) (2000): ‘Dance Dramaturgy: speculations and reflections’, Dance Theatre Journal, Vol. 16., No.1:20-25.

Langley, Elizabeth (2011), ‘The Role of the Dramaturge: The Practical Necessities’, Proceedings – Dance Dramaturgy: catalyst, perspective + memory. 34thAnnual International Conference, York University and University of Toronto, June 23 – 26 2011:93-99.

Lehmann, Hans-Ties (2006), Postdramatic Theatre, translated by Karen Jürs-Munby, Abingdon, Routledge.

Lehmann, Hans-Thies and Patrick Primavesi (2009), ‘Dramaturgy on Shifting Grounds’, Performance Research, Vol 14, No 3:3-6.

Lessing, Gotthold, Ephraim (1962), Hamburg Dramaturgy with a new introduction by Victor Lange, New York: Dover Publications.

Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim (2017), Hamburg Dramaturgy: A New and Complete Translation, translated by Wendy Arons and Sara Figal, edited by Natalya Baldiga and Michael Chemers, Abingdon: Routledge.

Louppe, Laurence (2010), Poetics of Contemporary Dance, translated by Sally Garder, Alton: Dance Books.

Luckhurst, Mary (2006), Dramaturgy: a Revolution in Theatre, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Meyrick, Julian, ‘Cut and Paste: The Nature of Dramaturgical Development in the Theatre’, Theatre Research International, 31:3, pp.270-282

Muni, Bharata, Natyashastra. A Treatise on Hindu Dramaturgy and Histrionics. Volume 1 and Volume 2.

Naranjo, Maria, ‘Movement Dramaturgy’,

Noverre, Jean-Georges (1966), Letters on Dancing and Ballets, translated by Cyril W. Beaumont, New York: Dance Horizons.

O'Toole, Emer,  Andrea Pelegrí Kristić and Stuart Young (eds) (2017), Ethical Exchanges in Translation, Adaptation and Dramaturgy, Leiden: Brill | Rodopi.

Pavis, Patrice (2013), Contemporary Mise en Scène: Staging Theatre today, translated by Joel Anderson, Abingdon: Routledge.

Peeters, Jeroen (2010), 'Heterogeneous Dramaturgies', Maska 131-132, Summer 2010, pp. 17-27 (issue on 'Practical Dramaturgy'), also: Sarma.

Proehl, Geoffrey S. (2008), Toward a Dramaturgical Sensibility. Landscape and Journey, Cranbury: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.

Profeta, Katherine (2015), Dramaturgy in Motion. At Work on Dance and Movement Performance, Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press.

Radosavljević, Duška (2009), 'The Need to Keep Moving: Remarks on the Place of a Dramaturg in 21st Century England', Performance Research: 'On Dramaturgy', Vol 14 No 3:43-49.

Radosavljević, Duška (2013), The Contemporary Ensemble: Interviews with Theatre-Makers, Abingdon: Routledge.

Radosavljević, Duška (2013), Theatre-Making: Interplay Between Text and Performance in the 21stst Century, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Rangacharya, Adya (transl.) (2014), Natyasastra. English translation with critical notes. New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers.

Rafalowicz, Mira (1978), ‘Dramaturgs in America. Eleven Statements,’ Theater,1978. Vol 10 No 1:27-29.

Romanska, Magda (ed) (2014), The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy, Routledge.

Rudakoff, Judith D., Lynn M. Thomson (2002), Between the Lines: The Process of Dramaturgy, Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press.

Shapiro, Debbie (2012): ‘Dancing around Dramaturgy (an exploration)’, ThinkingDance 

Smith, Beccy (2006), ‘Dramaturgy in Action’, Total Theatre Explores,

Stafford-Clark Max(1990), Letters to George. The account of a rehearsal. London: Nick Hern Books.

Staudohar, Irena (1994), ‘New dramaturgy’ in Encyclopaedia, Theatreschift, 1994 Vol 5-6:187-9.

Szatkowski, Janek (2019), A Theory of Dramaturgy, Abingdon, Routledge.

Szondi, Peter (1987), Theory of the Modern Drama, edited and translated by Michael Hays, Cambridge: Polity.

Trencsényi, Katalin - Bernadette Cochrane (eds) (2014), New Dramaturgy. International Perspectives on Theory and Practice, London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.

Trencsényi, Katalin (2015), Dramaturgy in the Making. A User’s Guide for Theatre Practitioners, London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.

Trencsényi, Katalin (2015), “Questioning Spirit”—Dramaturgy in America. Mark Bly in conversation with Katalin Trencsényi', Critical Stages, Issue no. 12 (Dec 2015).
Turner, Cathy and Synne K. Behrndt (2008), Dramaturgy and Performance, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Turner, Cathy (2015), Dramaturgy and Architecture.Theatre, Utopia and the Built Environment, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Tynan, Kenneth (1950), The State of Dramatic Criticism, in Tynan, Kenneth, He That Plays the King, Longmans, Green and Co, London / Melbourne/ Toronto, pp.21-31.

Tynan, Kenneth (1965), Rehearsal Logbook in Tynan, Kenneth (ed), George Farquhar. The Recruiting Officer. The National Theatre Production, London: Rupert Hart-Davies.

Uytterhoeven, Lise (2019), Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui: Dramaturgy and Engaged Spectatorship, London, Palgrave Macmillan.

Van Imschoot, Myriam (2003), ‘Anxious Dramaturgy’, Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, Issue 26, Vol 13, No 2:57-68.

Van Kerkhoven, Marianne (1994), ‘On dramaturgy’, Theaterschrift, Vol 5-6:9-35.

Van Kerkhoven, Marianne (1994), ‘Looking Without Pencil in Hand’, Theaterschrift, Vol 5-6:142–44.

Van Kerkhoven, Marianne (2009), ‘European Dramaturgy in the 21st century’, Performance Research, Vol 14 No 3:7-11.

Versenyi, Adam (2003), ‘Dramaturgy/Dramaturg’ in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre & Performance, ed. by Dennis Kennedy, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 386-88.

Von Kleist, Heinrich (2010), ‘On the Theater of Marionettes‘, translated by Peter Wortsman in Selected Prose of Heinrich von Kleist, New York: Archipelago Books, pp.264-73.

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