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 2022

 
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.
Catriona Craig

Catriona Craig

comedy & new writing
working groups

anti-racism, communications, early career

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.

Miranda Laurence

Miranda Laurence

dance
working groups

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.

Tommo Fowler

Tommo Fowler

new writing & adaptation
working groups

anti-racism, communications, early career, 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.

David Harris

David Harris

business & finance
working groups

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.

Sarah Sigal

Sarah Sigal

physical theatre, devised & musical theatre
working groups

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

 
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.

Anti-racism

Interrogating racism's impact on dramaturgy – individually and institutionally – and developing anti-racist best practice.

working group members:

Catriona Craig, Frey Kwa Hawking & Tommo Fowler

Contract and fees

Developing best practice guidelines for engaging dramaturgs (including contract, fees), through liaison with industry bodies.

working group members:

David Harris, Jarkko Lehmus & Katalin Trencsényi

Events

Planning and organisation of monthly members' meetings.

working group members:

Daniel Rosenthal, Lee Anderson, Miranda Laurence & Sarah Sigal

Website

Responsible for design, content and maintenance of the d'n website.

working group members:

Miranda Laurence & Tommo Fowler

Communications

Managing the d'n's communications through email, social media and website.

working group members:

Miranda Laurence & Tommo Fowler

Early career

Devising strategies for emerging dramaturgs to develop skills and career pathways.

working group members:

Daniel Rosenthal, Frey Kwa Hawking, Lee Anderson, Sara Zivkovic Krancj & Tommo Fowler

International relationships

Developing partnerships and collaborations with dramaturgs and dramaturgy organisations around the world.

working group members:

Hanna Slättne, Jonathan Meth, Sarah Sigal