Dramaturgy Listserv

The dramaturgy listserv is available for any local playwright looking to pair up with a dramaturg to discuss and develop their work. Playwrights are responsible for contacting individual dramaturgs and rates are set based on the needs of the project.

If you would like to be added to the list serv, please send your areas of interest, contact information and a short bio to Lena Barnard at lbarnard@playsandplayers.org

Nell Bang-Jensen
Areas of Interest: new play development, devised work, classics, gender, literary adaptation, non-traditional, ensemble-driven theater
Nell Bang-Jensen is the Associate Literary Manager and Resident Dramaturg for the Philadelphia Dramatists Center.  She is interested in everything from classical scripts to original work, and especially how the devising process aids the development of both. Nell is a recent graduate of Swarthmore College with a degree in English Literature and Theater. Her senior thesis, Representing Shakespeare’s Women: Feminist Potential on Contemporary Stages was received with high honors and was based on a series of interviews she did with Philadelphia actors and directors about performing gender onstage. Nell was named a 2011-2012 recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, a grant given to 40  U.S. college graduates for independent research and focused travel around the world. As a dramaturg and performer Nell has worked with Applied Mechanics, InterAct Theatre Company, Telephone Bronco Theater Company, and has trained in physical theater with faculty at the Pig Iron School and Ida Bagus Oka in Ubud, Bali. Nell has also taught creative movement, collaborative creation, and acting for The Flynn Theater, The Creative Living Room, and Hedgerow Theatre.

Race Brown
Areas of Interest: new works, non-traditional, mature, women playwrights and playwrights of color.
Race Brown is a Philadelphia born Actress and Playwright. Race started acting at the age of 15 with Philadelphia Youth Theater. At age 16 Race started writing plays and discovered another passion. Race self-produced her first full length play the comedy “Another Bank Robbery” in 2009 at the The Delaware Opera Company. Her short play “One Night Stand” was featured in Directing Actors and Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s One Act Play Competition Off-Broadway. Race’s most recent work in progress the play SCYTHE was selected to be in the Thespis Theatre Festival August 2012. In 2011 Race developed Theater Of the RAW for new works that are unconventional, unpolished and edgy.

Bill D’Agostino
Areas of Interest: New Plays, Comedy, Theatre for Young Audiences and Shakespeare
Bill D’Agostino received his MA in theatre from Villanova University and his BA in theatre arts from Brown University. As a dramaturg and assistant director, Bill’s credits include TIME STANDS STILL, THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP, SYLVIA, THE PRIDE OF PARNELL STREET, THE TEMPEST (Act II Playhouse); DON’T TALK TO THE ACTORS, BIG BOYS, ALICE IN WONDERLAND (Montgomery Theater); RAISING JO (PlayPenn); and MEDEA (Villanova Theatre). Bill’s original play for kids, FAIRY TALE HIGH SCHOOL, won Montgomery Theater’s first adaptation contest and premiered on MT’s Project Stage. Bill is the Communications and Education Director for Act II Playhouse. Since 2010, he has served on the Literary Committee for the Philadelphia Young Playwrights. Bill is a proud member of the the Dramatists Guild, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Philadelphia Dramatists Center, and Theatre for Young Audiences USA.

Arlene DeLeon
Areas of Interest: new work development, comedy, musicals and historical plays.
Arlene DeLeon received her M.A. in Humanities (Theatre Arts concentration) in 2005 at Arcadia University. While pursuing her graduate studies, she spent a semester in London, England where she interned with Apples & Snakes, a poetry performance group. It was while at Arcadia that Arlene decided to pursue dramaturgy.
She has dramaturged for Theatre Horizon’s productions of Once on This Island, Holiday Show at the Swing Club, Working and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). She has also created study guides for Tri-County Performing Arts Center. Aside from dramaturgy, Arlene directed two short plays (Everything You Want and Bake-off) for Manor Junior College’s 2006 Theatre Guild Showcase. Current works-in-progress include Like Ink & Paper (about the life of May Ziadeh), and Fred Waring’s Christmas Shindig. Arlene is currently on the Board of Directors for White Pines Productions. She hopes to collaborate with fellow theatre artists on new work development.

Anne Hamilton
Areas of Interest: Stage Plays, Screenplays, Musicals, TV Scripts, Production Dramaturgy, Workshops, Historical and Literary Research, Program Notes, Career Development Coaching, Production Histories, Master Classes in Playwrighting and Collaboration.
Anne Hamilton is the Founder of Hamilton Dramaturgy, an international consultancy based in New York City’s professional scene, and located in Bucks County, PA. She has twenty years of experience across the country and internationally. The majority of her clients are located in N.Y. and L.A. Her clients have gone on to win the Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur “Genius” Award, the Tony ® Award, and a Royal Court International Residency. In 2009, STAGE DIRECTIONS magazine named her a “trailblazer” in American dramaturgy.

Mark Knight
Areas of Interest: 20th century history; classics; collaboration; comedy; contemporary and experimental works; depiction of unions and union organization onstage; devised work; ensemble-driven theater; experimental plays; gender; historical and literary research; historical plays; interdisciplinary process; law; literary adaptation; new media; new plays; new work development; non-traditional; non-traditional protagonists; politics; production histories; program notes; screenplays; shakespeare; site specific plays; social justice; stage plays; theatre for young audiences; tv scripts; varied narrative structures; women’s issues; workshops.
MARK KNIGHT has appeared in hundreds of plays, both classics & new writing. In 1976 he received his Diploma of Dramatic Art from the Arts’ Educational School’s inaugural classical theatre program at the historic Golden Lane Theatre in London’s Barbican district.
Mark toured the UK & Europe performing and presenting plays and appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival many times. He worked extensively on radio and is a playwright, producer and director. From 1983 to 1996 he was resident Actor/Teacher/Manager at Shakespeare’s Globe Education Department where he lectured and gave hundreds of workshops.
Mark now lives in Philadelphia, PA and is very active on the fringe and in theatre development programs in various theatres in Philadelphia including: the Brick Playhouse, The Shubin Theater, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Secret Room Theater, the Philadelphia Dramatist Center, Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, the Philadelphia Theatre Workshop & the Philadelphia Artists’ Collective (PAC). He is Director of Philadelphia’s annual Shubin Theatre April Fest and co-founder of The MacKnight Foundation. and the Overknight Theatre program.

Samantha Lazar
Bio/Areas of Interest:
Samantha Lazar is a freelance dramaturg, writer, and designer based in Philadelphia. She is currently an MFA student in the department of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at the Yale School of Drama, and holds a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania with additional concentrations in theatre, fine arts, and classics. Regionally, she has worked with organizations including Montgomery Theater, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Renegade Classic Theatre, and Philadelphia Dramatists Center. She has reviewed performances in the Philadelphia area for Uwishunu.com and BreakMyRoutine.com, and has a special interest in environmental, experimental, cross-disciplinary, and devised works. She is in Philadelphia May through August.

Kate McGrath
Areas of Interest: new play development, experimental plays, social justice, feminism and women’s issues, education
Kate McGrath is an award-winning playwright and a very active dramaturg working in the Philadelphia area.
Her plays have been performed nationally and internationally. Numerous production venues: Perihelion Theatre Company (NC), MIT Theatre Dept., Lovecreek Festival–NYC, Women’s Place Theatre at St. Joseph’s University, Walking Fish Theatre’s Fresh Fish 2.0, The Ritz Theatre, Brick Playhouse, Philly Primary Stages, and the Women in Theatre Festival at the Painted Bride.
Kate worked for two seasons as a Dramaturg for Philadelphia Theatre Workshop, two seasons as Dramaturg with InterAct Theatre’s Young Voices, and served as resident dramaturg for Women’s Ensemble for several years (touring educational plays and the devised play BLOOD, MILK AND FIRE.) She has served for 20 years as a teaching artist with Philadelphia Young Playwrights, and twice received their Adele Magner Memorial Award
Kate was a founding member of New Plays Rising in NC, and of the Philadelphia Dramatists Center, producing one of their first conferences at the Annenberg Center, with Theresa Rebeck as keynote speaker. Kate was a Samuel Fels fellow at the Wilma Theatre, producing their Cocteau and Brecht Symposia. She has served as script reader for American Rep Theatre, The Wilma, and founded Theatre Under the Stars, a new play development company. She is a member of LMDA.
Her plays have been published by TheaterWords.com and YouthPlays.com. Kate received her Bachelors Degree from UNC at Chapel Hill where she was a Morehead Scholar, studied at the National Theatre Institute, and received her Masters in Theatre from Villanova.

Joan Saltzman
Areas of interest: 20th century history, politics and law
I am a veteran researcher, and new to dramaturgy. I earned my Master’s Degree in English Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, and have been studying theater, including theater history and acting, at Temple University for the last two years. I have been a lawyer for over thirty years, and have practiced as both a civil and a criminal litigator. I am a quick study, an excellent researcher, and can summarize my research clearly and succinctly. I enjoy the collaborative process and feel confident that I can aid playwrights on new plays and research the background for most plays. I am an obvious choice for any play that deals with any aspect of the law. Most recently I was the dramaturg for the Mauckingbird Theatre Company’s production of The Temperamentals, the Jon Marans’ play that explored the dilemmas and triumphs of the Communist founders of the first gay rights organization in the United States in the 1950’s.

Michael Schwartz
Areas of Interest: new play development, early 20th century American drama, musicals, and the depiction of unions and union organization onstage.
Michael Schwartz currently teaches theatre history at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (and will be teaching dramaturgy there next spring). Mike has worked as a dramaturg for the Montgomery Theater productions of Jacob and Jack, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Half and Half, and The Great American Trailer Park Musical, for IUP productions of Three Sisters, Chess, and The Gentleman Dancing Master, and for the Neumann University production of Six Characters in Search of an Author. Mike’s book, Broadway and Corporate Capitalism, was published by Palgrave Macmillan and was nominated for the Bernard Hewitt Award in 2010. His stage adaptation of Horatio Alger’s Shifting for Himself was part of the Metropolitan Playhouse’s Literature Alive Festival in NYC in January 2012, and his plays have been read and staged in Pittsburgh, NYC, and the Philly area. Mike has also taken an active role in new play development at national theatre conferences, both as a performer (at ATHE) and as a dramaturg (at MATC).

Daniella Vinitski, PhD
Areas of Interest:  new play development; classical, contemporary and experimental works; dance/physical theatre and new media; feminist and post-colonial perspective; interdisciplinary process and collaboration
Daniella is a  dramaturg, playwright, performer and director with extensive professional and collegiate experience.  She holds a PhD in theatre from the University of Colorado, a Masters from Villanova where she was honored as Acting Scholar, a BFA with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Experimental Theatre Wing, and is conservatory trained in Shakespeare in performance through the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.  Over the past 15 years, Daniella has worked and taught in the Boulder, Philadelphia, New York, and Caribbean  theatre communities, and has been recognized through recognition and awards such as the Boulder County Arts Alliance Emerging Scholars Award and the University of Colorado Graduate School Beverly Sears dissertation grant.  As a playwright, her work has been nationally produced and workshopped through venues such as the American Theatre Wing recognized company, FUSION Theatre (“The Seven”), the Independent Actors Theatre (featured playwright), and the Mid-America Theatre Conference.  Daniella is a frequent collaborator with the dance community and most recently functioned as dramaturg and assistant director for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.  For archival photos and further links, please feel free to visit her website at http://daniellavinitski.com.

Mona Washington
Areas of Interest: non-traditional protagonists, and varied narrative structures, including site specific plays.
Mona Washington is a graduate of Georgetown University ́s School of Foreign Service and Harvard Law School. Her plays have been performed and read in New York, Philadelphia, Rome, and Paris. She’s been awarded fellowships at The Dora Maar House (Provence, France), The Ucross Foundation, and The Jack Kerouac House, amongst others. She currently blogs micro-plays and short plays for the HuffingtonPost.