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New Play Dramaturgy Bootcamp

  • 02 Jun 2018
  • 03 Jun 2018
  • 2 sessions
  • 02 Jun 2018, 10:00 AM 2:00 PM
  • 03 Jun 2018, 10:00 AM 2:00 PM
  • Chicago Dramatists
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New Play Dramaturgy Bootcamp
with Resident Playwright Kristin Idaszak 

General Price $149

The class is for new play professionals at any stage of their career: playwrights who want to be able to give and receive better feedback in seminars and writers groups, dramaturgs and directors who want to have more effective conversations with playwrights, and actors/designers/others who want deeper insight into the dramaturgical process. 

During this two day intensive, participants will examine three different approaches for talking about new plays at every stage of development, from a few pages brought into a writers group to a rehearsal-ready draft. This bootcamp will help you:

  • read a new play in preparation for a rigorous dramaturgical conversation
  • engage in a productive conversation that moves a play forward
  • nimbly provide and receive feedback on a new work

No prior dramaturgical experience required. Participants should have some familiarity with the new play development process.

Kristin Idaszak is a Chicago-based playwright and performance maker. Her play, Second Skin, received the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and the Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award. Her play, Fugue for Particle Accelerator,  received its world premiere at 20% Theatre Company Chicago. Her work has also been developed through residencies at the city of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, Stage Left Theatre, and the Qualcomm Institute at Calit2 in San Diego. Kristin has co-created collaborative original work that has been seen at the WoW Festival at La Jolla Playhouse and the Blurred Borders Festival, an international showcase of contemporary dance theatre. She has been nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work and has received two honorable mentions on the Kilroys’ List. She was the 2015 Kennedy Center Fellow at the Sundance Theatre Lab. She has received two Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellowships. Currently, Kristin is working on a commission for EST/the Sloan Foundation. She is the Shank Playwright in Residence at the Goodman Theatre and is a member of the 2017-2018 Goodman Playwrights Unit. Previously, Kristin served as Associate Artistic Director/Literary Manager of Caffeine Theatre and Associate Artistic Director of Collaboraction. MFA: University of California, San Diego. BFA: The Theatre School at DePaul University.

Sessions/Weekday 1 Saturday/Sunday
Start/End Date June 2 - June 3
Time Slot 10:00 AM-2:00 PM Saturday 
10:00 AM-2:00 PM Sunday
Notes A short assigned reading between Day 1 and Day 2 exists.


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