Dramaturgy: About Dramaturgy

Resources to help you with the discovery/research part of dramaturgy.

What's in this guide?

This guide covers tools to help you with the discovery/research part of dramaturgy.

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What Is Dramaturgy?

"Dramaturgy is a term that refers to both the aesthetic architecture of a piece of dramatic literature (its structure, themes, goals, and conventions) and the practical philosophy of theater practice employed to create a full performance.

In practice dramaturgy refers to the accumulated techniques that all theatrical artists employ to do three things:

  1. Determine what the aesthetic architecture of a piece of dramatic literature actually is (analysis)
  2. Discover everything needed to transform that inert script into a living piece of theater (research)
  3. Apply that knowledge in a way that makes sense to a living audience at this time in this place (practical application)"

                           --Michael Mark Chemers, Ghost Light: An Introductory Handbook for Dramaturgy (2010)

Subject Databases

Search these databases to identify and/or get full text of articles about dramaturgy.

One Search

A search of the Library Catalog will show you items UAB Libraries owns, a search for Everything will open your search to include items that can be accessed via ILL as well. 

 

You may also want to do an Advanced Search for Subject using Drama--Technique to locate books and articles on dramaturgy and related topics. 

Books for Dramaturges

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