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Possibilities for Dramaturgy

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Created by Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre and Dramaturgs' Network, this online roundtable brings together dramaturgs' Emily LeQuesne, Emma Jayne Park and Hannah Slättne for a discussion on different and unusual dramaturgical practices, exploring their experiences as dramaturgs in the current UK theatre landscape and examining challenges across the industry. Dr Seda Ilter will be chairing the session.

Dr Emily LeQuesne (she/her)
Emily is a freelance dramaturg working in process dramaturgy for devised theatre. Her specialism is dramaturgy for puppetry. She is co-founder of Croon productions puppet company. She is a visiting dramaturg & lecturer in UK universities. Published in Howlround Theater Commons, and Skene Theatre Journal. She has a chapter forthcoming on uses of puppetry. Her PhD research included the creation of a 5-step active dramaturgical process specifically for puppetry. Currently, she is further developing this process to be useful for devised theatre makers and writers of human theatre for her book, The Mosaic Scale; How to apply dramaturgical thinking.

Emma Jayne Park (they/she)
Emma has been called a dancer, theatre-maker, collaborator, facilitator, movement director, dramaturg, intimacy co-ordinator, advocate, activist and occasional drag king. They're not fussed about titles, instead they focus on interrupting conventional/ inherited expectations and using physicality as a tool for closing the gap between ideologies and everyday actions. Their work is a series of overlapping explorations of failure, belonging, intimacy and euphoria. It always begins in the body but manifests in various forms; including site-responsive, intimate and durational performance, curated conversation spaces, strategic consultation and cultural policy, international cultural relations, and creating chaotic community dance parties. They act as a witness and a mirror in all of their work, working from micro to large scale work, in collaborative environments that queer the structures they’ve inherited by introducing thinking and processes from outwith the artistic field.

Hanna Slättne
Hanna is a freelance dramaturg, theatre-maker and facilitator based in UK/Ireland. Her professional work spans across live performance; new writing and dance dramaturgy and XR/VR dramaturgy with a specialism in immersive audio. She facilitates interdisciplinary and international artists development programs. She is currently teaching dramaturgy and playwriting at the Goldsmith MA programme. In 2016 she received the Kenneth Tynan Award for Excellence in Dramaturgy and in 2017 an Elliot Hayes Award special commendation, for her work on the immersive audio play Reassembled Slightly Askew by Shannon Yee.

Seda Ilter is Programme Director of MA Dramaturgy, and teaches on BA Theatre & Drama, BA Theatre Studies & English, MA Text and Performance, and MA Dramaturgy. Seda joined the department in 2014, having previously worked at University of Sussex, University of Brighton, University of Portsmouth and Middle East Technical University (Turkey). Her research primarily focuses on contemporary theatre and performance, dramaturgy, technology and theatre, and new writing for performance.


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