LMDA/ATHE/KCACTF Student Dramaturgy Award Application Form

Applications must be submitted by December 11, 2018. 

Student Dramaturgy Application


Nominator/Faculty Member

Project Description (No more than 100 words.)

This is your description of the project as the dramaturg. In addition to detailing the scope and parameters of the project, it should address the overall project goals for the artists involved, the audience and the college or university, as appropriate.

The Role of the Dramaturg (No more than 1500 words.)

This is your statement as the dramaturg, focusing specifically on your work in conceiving, developing, implementing and/or articulating the project.

Some suggestions:

  • In projects that involve new play development, you should describe the nature and content of your communication with the playwright or other originating artist(s) and, ideally, submit at least one example of a letter, note or email to the playwright/artist(s).
  • Describe your relationship as a dramaturg with your director, when appropriate (i.e., not so much for classroom projects, more for productions or workshops).
  • Describe your role within the organization or group that worked on this project.
  • Address the five criteria which will be used in making the award:
    • Distinctiveness: what is creative about the dramaturg’s approach and/or analysis?
    • Contextualization: how is the production or project enhanced by dramaturgical analysis or research; alternatively, how is the academic project in dramaturgy imaginatively projected into a larger social, political, academic or artistic setting?
    • Impact: in what way are the audience, artists and/or institution enriched by dramaturgical ideas and execution?
    • Ethics: how are issues that might be raised by the terms of the collaboration or changing responsibilities approached and/or resolved?
    • Significance: how does this project inform, challenge or advance the field of dramaturgy, in general and/or within the student’s school?

Finally, explain what you, as dramaturg, learned from this experience. Use this as a thru-line to organize the above suggestions.

Letter of Nomination

Your letter of nomination must come from a faculty member.  If your primary collaborative relationships on the project were with other students, please invite them to submit letters of support in addition to the letter from a faculty member.  The letter(s) should describe the working relationship of the dramaturg with collaborating artist(s), and the contributions the dramaturg made to the project.

Include all letters in your application packet; do not send them separately.  All letters must be signed.  Please limit letters to one single-spaced typed page each.

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Supporting Material

Include a representative selection of the materials you generated, presented to the production team and/or used in your role a dramaturg. Feel free to include material such as copies of program essays, study guides or other dramaturgical writing; selections from project scripts; visual research; journal entries; communication with the director, actor research packets; photos of lobby displays or any other materials that demonstrate your work. Also, include a complete list of the supporting materials you are submitting. Please explain how each item is related to your work as a dramaturg on the project. Supporting materials need to be brought to festival, preferably in a single, physical binder.
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Electronic Resources

Modern dramaturgy includes the use of blogs, websites, recordings, videos, and other electronic resources that enrich your production. If applicable, you may include a link to a single electronic resource (one website, blog, video link) that will supplement your application. This means that if you have transferred a website's content to a binder for your primary application, you may link to that core website for further consideration.

Dramaturgical Display

Dramaturgical materials may be brought and displayed at a central location during Festival. This might include contextual materials, banners, lobby display items, binders, research, or website material on laptops (please note that we cannot provide laptops for this purpose). Please contact Toby Malone at dramaturgy@kcactf2.org if you have other display needs.

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