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DRAMATURIGICAL PROJECTS

"Theatre is a form of knowledge; it should and can also be a means of transforming society.
Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it."
-Augusto Boal

As a dramaturg, it is my job to serve dramatic works in ways that awaken consciousness about art such that
it reveals its relationship to the world around it while remaining steadfastly relevant and accessible to all.

 
 

WORKING TITLE PLAYWRIGHTS:

NEW WORKS DRAMATURG

Jerusalem Redux by Fred Kempner, 2017

Tumpy by Amber Bradshaw, 2017-present

Daddy's Maybe by Sandra Hodge-Hamptons, 2018

Uncivil Warring by Patrick Cuccaro, 2018

Do Ghosts Talk by Fred Kempner, 2018

Off to See the Fjords by Mary Lynn Owens, 2019-2020

Faith by Lee Osorio, 2020

"A new play dramaturg wears many, many hats. But in the new play world, they are your ultimate sounding board, your question asker, sometimes your problem solver, other times the devil’s advocate. The new play dramaturg is there to help guide you to the play you most want to write, and to help you best express and

communicate the story you want to tell."

-Working Title Playwrights

“WTP IS A CORNERSTONE OF ATLANTA’S NEW WORK THEATRE SCENE.“

– Celise Kalke, Synchronicity Theatre Managing Director and former Director of New Projects, Alliance Theatre

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FAITH

Working Title Playwrights

Ethel Wollson Lab

October 2020

Directed by: Ibi Owolabi

Written by: Lee Osorio

Dramaturg: Angela Farr Schiller 

Faith:

After the death of her mother, Faith spirals into a pattern of long drives and compulsive eating. Then Theo arrives. The strange and handsome new worker offers her hope that the future holds more than the soul killing monotony of her small town and working in the Ingle’s deli department. But there is something lurking beneath the surface. When a girl goes missing, Faith must decide how much she willing to sacrifice to keep her world intact. Alone in a park in the middle it the night, Faith has a decision to make.

Ethel Woolson Lab: 

Each year, three or four plays by WTP affiliate playwrights are competitively selected by an outside panel to be given readings as part of the Ethel Woolson Lab Series. Each play is given a developmental workshop culminating in a rehearsed, staged reading for the public. Each selected playwright is partnered with a support team of artists designed for their needs. 

 
 

"Your grace, your intelligence, your passion, and your joy are such an inspiration.  Thank you for bringing all into the work.  Thank you for pushing me.  Thank you for all of the times you saw the value in my work, even when I couldn't.  This piece would not be where it is today without your loving guidance.  And for that I am so incredibly grateful."

-Lee Osorio, playwright and multi-Reiser Lab Award Winner

 

ALLIANCE THEATRE

The Modern Prometheus

New Works Dramaturg

Reiser Lab New Works Award Winner

Written by: Lee Osorio

Directed by: Melissa Foulger 

Dramaturg: Angela Farr Schiller

2017-2018


Reg is tired of losing. After years of trying and failing to hold back the tide of corruption, corporatization, and gentrification in her beloved city, she's ready for a win...at any cost. But will the monster that she makes build up Atlanta or burn it to the ground.

The Modern Prometheus explores how we move forward in an age that seems to want to drag us down.   

*The Reiser Lab is a nationally competitve and panel adjudicated award from the Tony Award winning Alliance Theatre, with a $10,000 prize.

Experts Panel
 

"I hired Angela to dramaturg scripts for WTP members, in addition to a play I am writing myself. She is the most requested dramaturg that WTP employs. Her work has been described as “magical”, “life-changing”, “brilliant” and “incredibly generous”. I couldn’t agree more."

-Amber Bradshaw,

Managing Director, Working Title Playwrights

Working Title Playwrights is the leading producer of new play development in the Southeast

 
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WORKING TITLE PLAYWRIGHTS:
DRAMATURGY MASTER CLASS

Exploring Structure: How Culture Influences Dramatic Structure

Co-taught with Freddie Ashley,

Artistic Director at Actor's Express & former Literary Manager at the Alliance

2018


This master class explores the ways culture can influence dramatic structure. Examining different plays by authors of various backgrounds and cultural groups, this two day workshop unpacks the shifting expectations of what makes sound dramatic storytelling in a more inclusive world.

 

Images from:

Working Title Playwrights: 
2 Day Dramaturgy Master Class
Exploring Structure: How Culture Influences Dramatic Structure
With Dramaturgs: Angela Farr Schiller, PhD & Freddie Ashley

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"The position of dramaturg is different at different theatres and on different productions. I'm the sort of director who can do my own research, but I need someone smarter than me to find things that I wouldn't think to find, look at the show from angles that I hadn't thought of yet, challenge my assumptions, and in general be a creative partner. In Angela, I found all of that and more."

-Donya K. Washington,

Producer, Oregon Shakespeare Festival 

 
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ALLIANCE THEATRE & 
ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER

Native Guard

Dramaturgical Facilitator

Authored by: Natasha Trethewey, 

former U.S. Poet Laureate 

Directed by: Susan V. Booth,

Artistic Director for the Tony Award Winning Alliance Theatre

2018

"...challenges the way the broader story of the Civil War has been told and memorialized."

NEW YORK TIMES

Native Guard juxtaposes the deeply personal experiences of Trethewey, a child of a then-illegal marriage between her African-American mother and Caucasian father living in 1960s Mississippi, with the experience of a soldier in the Native Guard, the first African-American Union troop in the Civil War who was charged with guarding white Confederate captives. Years after her mother’s tragic death, Trethewey reclaims her memory, just as she reclaims the voices of the black soldiers whose service has been all but forgotten.

The second act of each performance was a deep dive dramaturgical discussion about the play.

 

WORKING TITLE PLAYWRIGHTS:
ETHEL WOOLSON LAB

Yesterday/Today

New Works Dramaturg

Written by: Malcolm Tariq

Directed by: Cynthia Barker

Dramaturg: Angela Farr Schiller

2018

A family of women face ghosts from their matriarchs past. 

*The Ethel Woolson Lab is competive new works laboratory where each recipient is given a developmental workshop, culminating in a rehearsed, staged reading for the public. Each selected playwright is partnered with a support team of artists, including a director and dramaturg, designed for the needs of the play. All readings take place in the Alliance Theater.

 

"Angela, you truly set the bar for how a supportive, experienced, and knowledgeable dramaturg

shows up to the creative space."

-Malcolm Tariq.

Award winning Poet & Playwright

 

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Ethel Woolson Lab/Yesterday: Today

Written by: Malcolm Tariq

Directed by: Cynthia Barker

Dramaturg: Angela Farr Schiller

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ALLIANCE THEATRE &
CENTER FOR HUMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS

Bread

Dramaturgical Facilitator

Written & Directed by:  

Golden Globe & Emmy Award Winner

Regina Taylor

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2017

Bread is nourishment. Bread is legacy. Bread is life itself. And bread is money. This world premiere by award-winning Dallas-born actress and playwright Regina Taylor weaves a compelling family drama of hopes, fears, thwarted dreams, and dark secrets against a turbulent backdrop of racial tension and social upheaval. It is early 2017; a time of change. James and Ruth are a middle class couple from Oak Cliff, a historic south Dallas neighborhood on the verge of gentrification. They plan a bright future for their teenage son and his soon-to-be-born brother. But when James’ brother Jeb returns home, buried family tensions resurface and the past casts a troubling shadow across an uncertain future. Taylor’s stirring, timely story of identity and family asks: How can we prepare the next generation for what’s to come?

 
 

7 STAGES THEATRE:
UNPRODUCIBLE PLAYS

The Art of Gaman

Dramaturgical Facilitator

Written by: Dipika Guha

2017

*Unproducible Plays is an Atlanta theater group started by three women, Pam Joyce, Michelle Pokopac, and Amee Vyas, to examine why scripts are labeled "unproducible" by producing organizations. For the past year, their focus has been on Asian plays and artists.

 

ALLIANCE THEATRE

The Walls That We Build

New Works Dramaturg

Reiser Lab Award Winner

Written by: Lee Osorio

Directed by: Rachel Parish

Dramaturg: Angela Farr Schiller

2019-2020 

When a trans detainee arrives at Stewart County Detention Center Lena can’t stand on the sidelines any more, but will her impulsive decision cost her the life she’s always known?

*The Reiser Lab is a nationally competitve and panel adjudicated award from the Tony Award winning Alliance Theatre, with a $10,000 prize.

 
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WORKING TITLE PLAYWRIGHTS:
ETHEL WOOLSON LAB

Mama

New Works Dramaturg

Written by: Quinn Xavier Hernandez

Director: Amber Bradshaw

Dramaturg: Angela Farr Schiller

2019

A mysterious young girl plays in an inflatable pool that bridges the lives of Karen and Evelyn. Karen has wanted to be a mother her entire life, but bearing a child has proved more difficult than she hoped. Parenthood is the furthest thing from Evelyn's mind. When Karen casts a spell to make her dreams come true and Evelyn suddenly comes face to face with an unexpected pregnancy, both must decide if they have what it takes to be called "Momma."

The Ethel Woolson Lab is competive new works laboratory where each recipient is given a developmental workshop, culminating in a rehearsed, staged reading for the public. Each selected playwright is partnered with a support team of artists, including a director and dramaturg, designed for the needs of the play. 

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ALLIANCE THEATRE

Goodnight, Tyler.

Dramaturgical Facilitator

Written by: B.J. Tindal

Directed by: Kent Gash

2019

Goodnight, Tyler is a contemporary and unexpectedly humorous drama. Depending on who you ask, Tyler Evans was “a beloved best friend, grandson, mentor, and fiancée,” or, “Tyler Evans was a young Black man killed by a police officer.” Desperate to control the contradicting narratives of his untimely passing, Tyler haunts his best friend as his other friends and relatives argue over his legacy, seeking an elusive common ground. An important and timely world premiere, Goodnight, Tyler is the winner of the 2019 Alliance/Kendeda National Playwriting Competition.

 
 

7 STAGES THEATER

The Followers

Dramaturgical Facilitator

Written & Directed by:

Margaret Baldwin

2018

Dionysus, god of wine and ecstasy, performs miracles and brings bloody vengeance while his followers question the actions and intentions of their charismatic, unpredictable leader.

 
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ACTOR'S EXPRESS

Father Comes Home From the Wars: Parts 1, 2, & 3

Dramaturgical Guest Facilitator 

Written by: Suzan-Lori Parks

Directed by: Martin Damien Wilkins

2017

Offered his freedom in exchange for fighting for the Confederacy, a slave named Hero follows his master into the Civil War. His epic journey takes him through the battles of war, and he comes to discover the cost of freedom, the heartbreak of love and the enduring power of home. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks’ (Topdog/Underdog) acclaimed trilogy is one of the most celebrated American plays of the past decade.

Featured Event:

Pre-Show Discussion with Kennesaw State University Resident Dramaturg Dr. Angela M. Farr Schiller and Father Comes Home cast member Damian Lockhart will discuss the history and story behind this powerful play. 

 
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THE CHATTAHOOCHIE REVIEW (TCR)
TCR ANNUAL WRITER'S STUDIO

Facilitator:

Playwriting Workshop

2018

This annual event features a one-day series of workshops geared toward the Perimeter College community and beyond. Attendees explore the writing craft used to create drama, prose, poetry, and mixed media works. Building upon the journal’s 37-year history of nurturing the literary arts within the college and the wider community, The Chattahoochee Review Writers’ Studio aims to inspire creative thinkers.

 

ACTOR'S EXPRESS

An Octoroon

Production Dramaturg 

Written by: Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins

Directed by: Donya K. Washington

Dramaturg: Angela Farr Schiller

2019

Featured Event:

An Octoroon: Theatre, Race, & Identity with the Director and Dramaturg

The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture & History in collaboration with Actor’s Express hosts director Donya K. Washington, dramaturg Dr. Angela Farr Schiller, and Atlanta Distinguished Professor Emerita of Southern Studies Dr. Theda Perdue in a discussion on the performance of race through the context of history and the Obie Award-winning play An Octoroon by playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.

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WHAT TO EXPECT: 
AN OCTOROON

In Conversation with An Octoroon Production Dramaturg Dr. Angela Farr Schiller

 

"When we coupled Dr. Schiller’s superior work with our public outreach efforts, we turned a potentially controversial play selection into a box office juggernaut that galvanized community conversations throughout Atlanta. Dr. Schiller’s work contributed directly to this production’s success." -Freddie Ashley, Artistic Director, Actor's Express, Atlanta, GA

  

 

Images from:

An Octoroon: Theatre, Race, & Identity-A Director & Dramaturg Discussion

The Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with Actor’s Express will host director Donya K. Washington, dramaturg Dr. Angela Farr Schiller, and Atlanta Distinguished Professor Emerita of Southern Studies Dr. Theda Perdue in a discussion on the performance of race through the context of history and the Obie Award-winning play An Octoroon by playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. 

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LINFIELD COLLEGE

Artist-in-Residence

The Dramaturg & Her Craft

2019-McMinnville, Oregon

A 2-day guest artist residency that includes classroom visits on the craft of dramaturgy, a community talk, hosting a talk-back for their production of Cabaret, and a hands-on intensive dramaturgy workshop.

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