Welcome to Dramaturgy in Region 4! If you are new to Dramaturgy at KCACTF, there are a number of ways to get involved. Student dramaturgs who attend this year’s festival will be considered for the LMDA/KCACTF Student Dramaturgy Award, participate in professional development workshops led by a nationally-recognized dramaturg, and serve as dramaturgs in the ten-minute play festival.
Who Is Eligible?

Undergraduate and graduate students who work specifically as the dramaturg on a production or workshop, or who submit work created for a dramaturgy class. If the project is a workshop or production, the student must be credited as the dramaturg. A student who also writes, directs, designs, performs in, or otherwise collaborates on a project will be responsible for articulating the boundaries of the dramaturgical work and speaking on its behalf. The student need not be enrolled full-time to apply.

How to Apply

Interested students should send a completed application in one large PDF file by Friday, January 20, 2017. The following materials should be included in the application:

1. A title page identifying the dramaturg, the project, and the school. Please include your address, phone number, email address, and date of the project.

2. Two personal statements written by the dramaturg, one delineating the project and its challenges and the other detailing the process from start to finish.

3. A letter of nomination from a faculty member. If you wish, you may also include letters of support from persons directly related to the project or other individuals who are familiar with your work as a dramaturg.

4. A dramaturgical packet or protocol that showcases the student’s research and work for the production. Suggested items for inclusion can be found at this link: http://www.kcactf4.org/Files/Dramaturgy/What%20is%20a%20Casebook.pdf

All materials and questions should be sent to Marshall Botvinick, KCACTF Region 4 Dramaturgy Coordinator:

Marshall Botvinick​ 

Department of Theatre​ 

 University of North Carolina at Wilmington​ 

 botvinickm@uncw.edu ​ 910-962-7896


LMDA/KCACTF Student Dramaturgy Award

The LMDA/KCACTF Student Dramaturgy Award is designed to recognize contributions by student dramaturgs to the conception, development, and production of theater within their colleges and universities or to educational projects in dramaturgy. The philosophical foundation of this award – like that of dramaturgy itself – rests in the belief that art benefits from examination on the parts of both artist and audience, and that creative inspiration accompanied by analysis and reflection is most likely to lead to productions and projects that fulfill the spiritual, social and personal potential of the theatrical event.

Also inherent in the guidelines is the belief that the dramaturg should participate fully and uniquely in the collaborative act of making theater and in promoting social discourse around the theatrical event. To validate the significance of the dramaturg’s contributions – and to raise awareness of dramaturgy in the academic field – we ask for a letter of nomination from a faculty member.

What to Expect at the Festival

Dramaturgy participants will be busy. We have many great workshops planned for the Dramaturgy Initiative, which is being led by our guest dramaturg Heather Helinsky. We will also be participating in rehearsals with the NPP Ten Minute Play Festival, culminating in a program note that you will contribute for the Saturday performance. Plan on arriving for the first meeting on Tuesday evening at 7pm. Detailed schedules of further fun dramaturgical activities will be distributed after we receive your completed application materials by January 20.

Heather Helinsky has been a working dramaturg for the past ten years, currently based in Philadelphia but a good portion of her career has also been in Pittsburgh, NYC, Boston, and D.C. She’s been the resident dramaturg at the Great Plains Theatre Conference since 2010. For the past six seasons, she’s read and evaluated scripts for The O’Neill, PlayPenn, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Jewish Plays Project, Philly Young Playwrights, and Sundance Theatre Lab. She has been the Literary Manager of the Pittsburgh Public and PICT Classic Theatre. As a service to the Philadelphia theatre community, she has been a Barrymore voter for two seasons. Nationally, her dramaturgical work has been seen at the Accessible Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, the Apothetae, Arizona Repertory Theatre, Athena Project Festival, Borderlands Theatre Company, City Theatre, Denver Center, Great Plains Theatre Conference, The Kennedy Center, The Lark, Miracle Theatre, Moscow Art Theatre’s American Studio, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Phoenix Theatre, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Plan-B Theatre, Plays and Players of Philadelphia, PlayPenn, Salt Lake Acting Company, Telluride Playwrights Festival, Unexpected Stage, Woolly Mammoth, and the 6NewPlays collective in San Francisco. This season, she is the production dramaturg for the world premiere of Tira Palmquist’s TWO DEGREES at the Denver Center and Andrea Hart’s premiere of dark is a different beast in San Francisco. For the Kennedy Center, Heather mentors student dramaturgs, regionally and nationally, since 2012, and reads for the David Mark Cohen award. Visiting Professor of Dramaturgy at Carnegie Mellon (’12-’13), University of Arizona (’07-08), Lesley University (’15-’16) and Brooklyn College (’15). MFA in Dramaturgy and Theatre Studies from the A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard.