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Deadline Dec. 8, 2017

Contact: Dramaturgy Coordinator

Critics, Dramaturgs, & Scholars


Updated November 1, 2017

LMDA / KCACTF Student Dramaturgy Award Application

How to Apply: Fill Out Application Components A & B

Submit this form.
Application Materials due by 5pm on December 8, 2017


Fill out the online application form above, identifying the dramaturg, project, and faculty nominator.

NOTE: This form constitutes your COVER SHEET for the remaining application materials. After submitting this online form, you should receive an email auto-reply. Please print that email and include it with your application materials below.

In the auto-reply email, use "Click here to see this record in QuickBase." Then you may print the cover sheet.


Print or scan the COVER SHEET and include it with the following elements:

  1. Two statements written by the dramaturg, one describing the breadth and scope of the project and its challenges, the other detailing the process from start to finish.  There is no fixed length requirement for these statements, but 3-8 double-spaced pages per statement is a reasonable guideline.

  2. Letter of nomination from a faculty member. If you wish, you may include more letters of support from persons directly related to the project—collaborating artists or audience members for a workshop or production, or fellow students/teachers in a classroom project. But we only require one.

  3. All materials that seem relevant, but not to exceed 100 pages. This may include emails between the director, the cast, the designers, etc and the dramaturg; pictures of the display; links to websites created; questions asked during the process; and information gathered for individual packets. We are not interested in your Xeroxing all that you researched, but in your analysis and compilation of materials researched.

As you decide what to include in your packet, please look over the Award Criteria listed below and choose the approach and materials that best speaks to these standards.

Submit the entire application packet—either four copies printed and mailed or a single PDF file—to Matthew Reeder, Region III Dramaturgy Coordinator. For PDF packets larger than 2 MB, please use a file sharing service such as Dropbox or Sendspace, as large files may not be accepted by the director's mail server. Packets must be postmarked or e-mailed by 5pm on December 8, 2017.

Award Criteria

1. Distinctiveness: what is creative about the dramaturg's approach and/or analysis?

This is where you should highlight how many intersections of your research were made manifest in the live performance event. This could include directorial or design choices, actor preparation and execution, lobby materials, pre-show/post-show discussions and the like.

2. 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?

Expanding on elements of distinctiveness, reflect upon how your work was interdisciplinary. Consider how your ideas changed the course of the visual design of the show. Reflect upon how your outreach aided spectator engagement with the production, and the like.

3. Impact: in what ways are the audience, artists or institution enriched by dramaturgical ideas and execution?

Suggest ways in which your work on the production helped and enriched the creative team and also connected the live performance event to a larger, immediate community.

4. Process: how much and in what ways is the dramaturg involved with the entire process. How did he or she contribute to the process outside of initial research and putting together packets?

Discuss the various opportunities you had to interact with the creative team and/or the audience. Were you in rehearsals on a regular basis? Did you meet individually with actors or the director? Did you work on audience outreach activities such as post-show talkbacks? Essentially, what did you do between the first rehearsal and the close of the show?

5. Ethics: how are issues that might be raised by the terms of the collaboration or changing responsibilities dealt with and/or resolved?

Recount moments of tension within the creative-collaborative process and trace out how they were or were not resolved. Perhaps the director is your chair and you felt uncomfortable disagreeing. Maybe you worked with a close friend and issues of artistic interpretation complicated that relationship.

You must hand-deliver your project to the regional festival, appropriately display the project during the specified date(s) and time(s), and be physically present during the oral feedback to be considered for high honors.

Final evaluations are based on the material sent in for review and NOT the display at the festival.

Award Presentation

The LMDA / KCACTF Student Award in Dramaturgy will be presented annually on the closing night of each Regional Conference.


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