A Dramaturgical Journey

My name is Heather. I am 22, and for a long, long time I thought I wanted to be a writer. But now I’m not so sure (obviously, given the title of this blog). I still love writing, and consider it to be one of my first loves, but it is not exactly something I am called to do. I’ll always be a writer. I’m not denying that. There will always be a part of me that yearns to tell stories. But dramaturgy is also like the art of storytelling.

I was born in Alexandria, Virginia but have spent most of my life in Maryland.

When it comes to my “dramaturgical journey” it is actually quite simple: I heard the word dramaturg, and thought, as many people would: “What the heck is a dramaturg?”

I was at a production of Christopher Trumbo’s play Trumbo: Red, White, and Blacklisted and met a woman who was a dramaturg. She didn’t tell me an awful lot about what her job entailed. However, she did mention that my research about the Hollywood Ten was similar to the type of work that she did. Later on, I was asked a question at a post-show Q&A that a professor also attended. He sent me an email commending me, saying “You had them stumped for a full two minutes. Maybe you should become a dramaturg.” The message said something like that. I can’t find the exact duplicate of that message, but I know it exists somewhere in the nooks and crannies of cyberspace.

Now, about this word: dramaturg.

dram·a·turge

noun

[dram-uh-turj, drah-muh-]

a specialist in dramaturgy, especially one who acts as a consultant to a theater company, advising them on possible repertory.
Also, dram·a·turg.
Origin: 1855–60; perhaps back formation from dramaturgy, but compare French dramaturge, German Dramaturg

dram·a·tur·gy

noun

[dram-uh-tur-jee, drah-muh-]

the craft or the techniques of dramatic composition.
Origin: 1795–1805; < Greek drāmatourgía dramatic composition, equivalent to drāmaturg(ós) playwright + -ia -y3. See dramatic, -urgy
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