How to use a Dramaturg
On September 25, 1989, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation hosted a panel at Marymount College Theatre with playwright Richard Dresser, New York Theatre Workshop Artistic Director Jim Nicola, freelance dramaturg Morgan Jenness, and Playwrights Horizons Literary Manager Tim Sanford to discuss dramaturgy within the theatrical process. Moderated by James Leverett, the panel focused on three key questions: Is there a definitive definition of dramaturg? Historically, how long has this position been in existence? Are dramaturgs necessary? This passionate conversation among key individuals with varied experiences and backgrounds gives unique insight on this invaluable and often misunderstood position, paying special attention to how dramatrugs are unique to each production, company and playwright.