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 2021
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.
Bernadette is an Australian-Irish dramaturg who lives a life across continents. She is currently working as a lecturer in dramaturgy and theatre at the University of Queensland. Her current interests focus on institutional dramaturgy and the dramaturgy of digital theatre, particularly that of screening and streaming live theatre.
comedy & new writing
anti-racism, communications, outreach & access
Catriona is a dramaturg and academic with a background in theatre, tv and film. Most recently she has been the in-house literary manager for the touring theatre company, Out of Joint, and is now Associate Dramaturg for that company and also a Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts at Buckinghamshire New University.
business & finance
contract & fees
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.
audio & new writing
Hanna is a freelance dramaturg, researcher, facilitator and maker. She works across live performance, XR and immersive audio. She spent 20 years in theatre specialising in new writing, dance and devising and facilitating artists and development processes.
In 2016 she received the Kenneth Tynan Award for Excellence in Dramaturgy and in 2017 an Elliot Hayes Award special commendation, for her work on the immersive audio play Reassembled Slightly Askew by Shannon Yee, a piece which continues to tour internationally. She is a co-founder of the Dramaturgs' Network.
contemporary theatre & dance
contract & fees, Kenneth Tynan Award
Katalin is a dramaturg and researcher of Hungarian origin, researching contemporary theatre and performance, dance dramaturgy, collaborative processes, and multi-modal play development. She has authored Dramaturgy in the Making: A User’s Guide for Theatre Practitioners (2015) and co-edited New Dramaturgy: International Perspectives on Theory and Practice (2014).
As an independent dramaturg, Katalin has worked with the National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre, Corali Dance Company and Company of Angels, taught dramaturgy internationally, and tutored at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
communications, members' meetings, 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.
physical theatre, devised & musical theatre
international relationships, Kenneth Tynan Award, 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.
new writing & adaptation
anti-racism, communications, website
Tommo is co-founder of RoughHewn, a script-reading company making tailored dramaturgy more accessible for early- and mid-career playwrights, and previously taught on the MA Playwriting & Screenwriting at City, University of London.
He is a script reader for the Royal Exchange and Traverse Theatre, and has previously read for the Royal Court, Bush Theatre, New Diorama, Theatre503 and Finborough Theatre, as well as the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting.
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.
Interrogating racism's impact on dramaturgy – individually and institutionally – and developing anti-racist best practice.
Catriona Craig, Suzanne Bell & Tommo Fowler
Managing the d'n's communications through email, social media and website.
Bernadette Cochrane, Catriona Craig, Miranda Laurence, Tommo Fowler
Contract and fees
Developing best practice guidelines for engaging dramaturgs (including contract, fees), through liaison with industry bodies.
David Harris, Jarkko Lehmus & Katalin Trencsényi
Developing partnerships and collaborations with dramaturgs and dramaturgy organisations around the world.
Hanna Slättne, Jonathan Meth, Sarah Sigal
Kenneth Tynan Award
Planning and organisation of the d'n's biennial award in honour of the UK's first dramaturg, Kennth Tynan.
Bernadette Cochrane, Duška Radosavljević, Katalin Trencsényi & Sarah Sigal
Planning and organisation of monthly members' meetings.
Miranda Laurence & Sarah Sigal
Responsible for design, content and maintenance of the d'n website.
Miranda Laurence & Tommo Fowler
In recognition of their efforts, working group members are given free d'n membership the following year.
When they step down, board members are invited to sit on the Former Board Members' Council.
They offer advice where they're able, and remain active members of the network – as well as providing important context for the network's past work.
On the council is Penny Black and Duška Radosavljević.