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Resident Dramaturg

August 2015-2019

As the Resident Dramaturg for the Department of Theatre & Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University, I worked on 3-4 Main Stage productions per academic year. As burgeoning artist scholars, I led and mentored students through the development and acquisition of professional and practical dramaturgical skills.

 

Main Stage Productions Contributed to by the Dramaturgical Team:

Our Town by Thornton Wilder || Directed by Margaret Baldwin ||Stillwell Theatre
Baltimore By Kirsten Greenidge || Directed by Karen Robinson || Onyx Theatre
Three Sisters by Anton Chekov || Directed by Rick Lombardo || Stillwell Theatre
Peter & the Starcatcher by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson || Directed by Karen Robinson ||Onyx Theatre
Feathers & Teeth by Charise Castro Smith  || Directed by Jim Davis || Onyx Theatre
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne || Adapted & Directed by: John Gentile || Stillwell Theatre
In the Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks || Directed by: Karen Robinson || Onyx Theatre
In the Red & Brown Water by Tarell Alvin McCraney || Directed by Angela Farr Schiller || Onyx Theatre
As You Like It by William Shakespeare || Directed by Rick Lombardo || Stilwell Theatre
Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 by Anna Deavere Smith || Directed by Angela Farr Schiller || Onyx Theatre
Heathers: The Musical by Laurence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy || Directed by Amanda Wanda Morgan || Stillwell Theatre 
Ragtime by Terrence McNally, Lynn Ahrens, and Stephen Flaherty || Directed by Amanda Wansa Morgan || Stillwell Theatre

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The TPS Dramaturgical Team Develops & 

Applies a Variety of Dramaturgical Skills Including:

  • Dramaturgical Program Notes

  • Development and Facilitation of Pre & Post Talk Balk Series

  • In-Classroom Post Talk Back Series Curation & Facilitation 

  • Dramaturgical Website Development

  • Visual Lobby Display

  • Traditional Lobby Display

  • Dramaturgical Social Media Development 

  • First Rehearsal Contextual Talks for Cast 

  • Dramaturg as Community Scholar via Academic Talks

  • Educational Packets 

Below are Examples from the TPS Dramaturgical Team:

 

In the Blood

Written by: Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by: Karen Robinson
Onyx Theatre: Kennesaw State University, 2016

The Dramaturgical Team Strategy:

Audience Engagement Dramaturgy

  • Visual Lobby Display 

  • Program Dramaturgical Note (See link below)

  • Post Show Talk Back

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Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992

Written by: Anna Deavere Smith
Directed by: Angela Farr Schiller 
Onyx Theatre: Kennesaw State University, 2017

The Dramaturgical Team Strategy:

Audience Engagement Dramaturgy

  • Program Note

  • Dramaturgical Promo Video (See Below)

  • Dramaturgical Webpage (See Link)

  • Four Show Talk Back Series:​​​

  1. From Los Angeles to Kennesaw: Where are we now?

  2. Race &  Community Activism

  3. Race & the Community Policing with Panelist from the L.A.P.D. present during the LA Uprising

  4. Race & the Media

 
 
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As You Like It

Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Rick Lombardo
Stillwell Theatre: Kennesaw State University, 2018

The Dramaturgical Team Strategy:

Audience Engagement Dramaturgy

  • Dramaturgical Webpage (See link below)

  • Dramaturgical Director's Interview 

  • Program Dramaturgical Note (See link below)

  • Dramaturgical Educational Packet

 

Our Town

Written by: Thorton Wilder
Directed by: Margaret Baldwin
Stillwell Theatre: Kennesaw State University, 2018

The Dramaturgical Team Strategy:

Audience Engagement Dramaturgy

  • Dramaturgical Webpage (See link below)

  • In-Classroom Dramaturgical Talk Back Series: Brave Talks in Brave Spaces || Our Town

  • Dramaturgical Interview with the Directors (See Below)

*Our in-classroom talk back series served almost 400 students from across the Kennesaw State University campus community-including students on both our Kennesaw and Marietta campus'.

 

Baltimore

Written by: Kirsten Greenidge
Directed by: Karen Robinson
Onyx Theatre: Kennesaw State University, 2018

The Dramaturgical Team Strategy:

Audience Engagement Dramaturgy


​​Brave Talks in Brave Spaces: Baltimore Talk Back Series:

The team curated and facilitated this dynamic twelve part talk back series that brought together scholars and community leaders from across the Atlanta-Metro area.

  1. Living In A Post-Racial World: “Are we there yet?” 

  2. Pop Culture & Racial Bias: “What is the harm?”  

  3. Race and Dorm Life: “Why can’t we all just get along?” 

  4. Microaggressions: “I didn’t mean it like that.” 

  5. Race Isn't Just Black & White: Thinking through the Latinx, Latino, and Hispanic Experience 

  6. Race Isn’t Just Black & White: Thinking through the Asian American Experience 

  7. Race Isn't Just Black and White: Thinking through the Mixed-Race Experience 

  8. White Fragility: “I’m not Racist” 

  9. Talking about Race and Difference; “Why is it so hard to talk about?”  

  10. The Politics of the “N word”: “How Come I Can’t Say It Too?” 

  11. Political Correctness: “Stop Telling Me What I Can Say?” 

  12. An Artist Response to Baltimore: Reflections with the Director and Cast

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Ragtime the Musical

Written by: Terrance McNally, Lynn Ahrens, & Stephen Flaherty
Directed by: Amanda Wansa Morgan
Stillwell Theatre: Kennesaw State University, 2019

The Dramaturgical Team Strategy:

Audience Engagement Dramaturgy

  • Dramaturgical Website (See Link Below)

  • In-Classroom Dramaturgical Talk Back Series: Brave Talks in Brave Spaces || Ragtime

  • Dramaturgical Interview with Ragtime Director Amanda Wansa Morgan (See Below)

*Our in-classroom talk back series served almost 400 students from across the Kennesaw State University campus community-including students on both our Kennesaw and Marietta campus'.

Heathers the Musical

Written by: Laurence O'Keefe & Kevin Murphy
Directed by: Amanda Wansa Morgan
Stillwell Theatre: Kennesaw State University, 2017

The Dramaturgical Team Strategy:

Audience Engagement Dramaturgy

  • Post Show Talk Back

  • Program-Dramaturg's Note (See Link Below)

  • Visual Lobby Display (See Below)

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