who we are
The network's day-to-day running is done by an annually appointed board, with additional working groups focusing on specific projects.
d'n board 2023
The board is elected each year at our AGM, open to any member.
They take on the day-to-day admin of the d'n, as well as supporting working groups.
adaptation & education
Daniel has been a freelance film and theatre historian, journalist and lecturer since 1997, and has recently pivoted towards dramaturgy and scriptwriting.
His books include "The National Theatre Story" (Oberon, 2013; winner of the Theatre Book Prize), "Dramatic Exchanges: The Lives and Letters of the National Theatre" (Profile, 2018) and Methuen Student Editions of David Mamet’s “Oleanna" and Patrick Marber’s “Closer".
As an early-career dramaturg, he has read plays for Sonia Friedman Productions and Chichester Festival Theatre and was Creative Consultant for productions of “Hamlet" and "The Threepenny Opera" at the Octagon, Bolton, directed by David Thacker.
In 2021, David Thacker directed a workshop reading of Daniel’s first play, "Not Even a Grown-Up", which he continues to develop. He is especially interested in page-to-stage adaptation of fiction and non-fiction sources (his first two plays are based on non-fiction books).
He gives visiting lectures on screen adaptations of Shakespeare at schools and sixth-form colleges, and has taught undergraduate courses on Film & Theatre Journalism and Screen Adaptation for the International Programmes department at Pembroke College, Cambridge.
devised theatre & puppetry
early career & events
Emily is a dramaturg, theatre maker, writer and lecturer. She received her doctorate from Bath Spa University in 2021. Her research focussed on puppetry and dramaturgy, and produced The Mosaic Scale: a tool kit for dramaturgy.
She has presented her research on dramaturgy, the uncanny, and puppet theatre, sometimes individually and sometimes all together in the UK, USA and Austria.
Emily also holds an MA in Scriptwriting. For over 20 years she has written, directed and dramaturged projects in cabaret, theatre, puppetry, and applied theatre. She is co-founder of Croon productions puppet company. Their work has been seen in London, on tour across the UK, Berlin, Prague and Minneapolis.
Emily has worked extensively as a performance lecturer in FE & HE and also for the educational provision of theatres. She was a visiting lecturer in dramaturgy for puppetry at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and also taught writing for performance at Derby University. She currently teaches her dramaturgy system The Mosaic Scale online.
Her book, The Mosaic Scale: An Introduction to Dramaturgical Thinking is forthcoming in 2024 from Routledge.
communications, events, website
Miranda is an independent dance dramaturg working in the dance and arts development sectors. She collaborates with dance artists across the UK and internationally, recently working with Johanna Nuutinen (FI) and Attila Andrasi (HU/ES). Her practice and professional development has been supported by awards from Arts Council England, Oxford Dance Forum and South East Dance.
Her collaborators work in a range of dance forms, from Kathak to screen dance. She is also in demand as a workshop leader, recently invited to Aarhus by the Association of Danish Dramaturgs, and by London Studio Centre for their MA in Dance Producing.
Miranda has also directed the Dance & Academia project based in Oxford since 2008, convening a number of seminars and conferences engaging movement practitioners and academics in many different disciplines.
new writing & production dramaturgy
anti-racism, communications, early career, website
Tommo is Literary Associate of the Women’s Prize for Playwriting, co-founder of the award-winning RoughHewn dramaturgy company, and a reader for the BBC.
He was previously Residencies Dramaturg and a Supported Artist at Sheffield Theatres, and his dramaturgy work includes productions with the Royal Court, Eclipse, Paines Plough Roundabout, Rose Theatre Kingston and in the West End.
business & finance
contract & fees, Kenneth Tynan Award
David’s career began at Derby Playhouse, he then worked extensively as a stage manager and company manager with commercial and subsidised theatre companies in a wide range of productions: repertory, pantomimes and tours of plays. He later qualified as a Company Secretary and studied for a business degree.
He went on to become Business Manager of Company of Angels for nine years which included work on two major European festivals of new plays. He was also Finance Manager of Told by an Idiot. He now lives in East Sussex and is Business Manager of Simon Spencer Productions Ltd and working on a new musical.
new writing, adaptation & education
early career, events, international relationships
Lee is Literary Associate of Squint, an award-winning company that combines text, movement and research to tell new stories, and has previously taught playwriting at Arcola Theatre, The Mono Box and Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
He is a script reader for the Park Theatre, and has also read for the Bush Theatre and Finborough Theatre, as well as writing for The Stage and Exeunt. In addition to his work as a writer and dramaturg, he also lectures in theatre history and practice at University of West London.
physical theatre, devised & musical theatre
international relationships, members' meetings
Sarah Sigal is a freelance writer, dramaturg, director and researcher working in physical theatre, devised work, site-specific and interactive theatre and new writing.
As well as working in performance spaces, she also creates, facilitates and curates work for unusual spaces and events and is interested in the possibilities for theatre-making. Originally from Chicago and based in London, she has a BA from Gettysburg College and an MA and PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London. She has taught at a number of British universities as a freelance lecturer and her book Writing in Collaborative Theatre-making was published in 2016 by Palgrave Macmillan. She was the Live Performance Programmer at JW3 from 2016-2019 and has just completed a LABA Fellowship at the 14th St Y (NYC).
She is currently working on adapting her play Agent of Influence into a novel and writing the libretto for a new opera called The Agency with composer Matthew Olyver, which will premiere as a scratch at the Têt à Têt Festival in September.
When they step down, board members are invited to sit on the former board members' Council.
They offer advice where they are able, and remain active members of the network – as well as providing important context for the network's past work.
On the Council are Katalin Trencsényi, Hanna Slättne, Penny Black and Duška Radosavljević.
Working groups are available for any member to join, with call-outs made via the d'n mailing list.
Members can always request to lead a new working group if they don't see one they want, and will be supported by the board as much as they're able.
In recognition of their efforts, working group members are given free d'n membership the following year.
Managing the d'n's communications through email, social media and website.
Miranda Laurence & Tommo Fowler
Planning and organisation of monthly members' meetings.
Daniel Rosenthal, Emily LeQuesne, Lee Anderson, Miranda Laurence & Sarah Sigal
Devising strategies for emerging dramaturgs to develop skills and career pathways.
Daniel Rosenthal, Emily LeQuesne, Frey Kwa Hawking, Lee Anderson, Sara Živkovič Kranjc & Tommo Fowler
Developing partnerships and collaborations with dramaturgs and dramaturgy organisations around the world.
Hanna Slättne, Jonathan Meth, Sarah Sigal