Hamlet Dramaturgy

Informing Bethany Lutheran College's Spring 2013 Production. Shows at: April 19, 20, 26, 27 at 7:30pm and April 21 at 2pm

What is dramaturgy?

Before we get started on this blog and I barrage you with information, I just wanted to go over what exactly my role is and what that means for you, the reader. Many people are not familiar with the word dramaturgy, much less the role a dramaturg plays in the theatrical setting.

A dramaturg is many things, a historian, a researcher, a theatre critic… I could go on. But the job can be summed up in three broad functions. A dramaturg aids in analyzing and assembling the script, advises the members of the production, and educates the audience. Each production is different so a dramaturg looks for different information for each one.


Contrary to popular belief, dramaturgs do more than read musty old books. Though that’s a thing too. 

What my role in Bethany Lutheran College’s upcoming production of “Hamlet” will depend on what the director, designers, and actors call for as well as the kind of information I find. I hope to use this blog as a resource for you (whether you are the director, a designer, an actor, or whomever) to aid in the creative part you play in the production. I am here in invigorate and inspire and inform your creative process as we put together a show that can only be defined as “pretty freaking cool.” If you ever feel uninspired, wonder why we would perform something that is old and boring, or feel like there are more things about the production, your characters, or the script that you would like to understand, just ask! You can leave a comment or email me!

I will be uploading videos, articles, and other information over the course of the whole production and hope to have a several resources for you ready before we even begin!

Lydia, Dramaturg


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This entry was posted on December 18, 2012 by in Notes from the Dramaturg and tagged , , , .



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