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Summer Series

Dramaturgy Boot Camp
July 13-August 10, 2024

Abstract image of four squares, representing the four plays to be read.Part seminar, part workshop, AACT’s Dramaturgy Boot Camp introduces the basic concepts of dramaturgy by exploring the intersection of analysis, critical thinking, and writing. With the guidance of Facilitator Lenora Inez Brown, participants will learn to apply these skills to production through the writing (and revising) of theme explorations, marketing blurbs, program notes, and other audience engagement opportunities.

After reading all the selected scripts, participants will choose one to focus on for their coursework. The class allows for small and large group collaboration and valuable feedback from both facilitators and peers.

Selected Scripts

  • Mockingbird, by Julie Jensen, from the National Book Award-winning novel by Kathryn Erskine
  • Clyde’s, by Lynn Nottage
  • A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams
  • Native Gardens, by Karen Zacarías

Saturdays, July 13-August 10 (July 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10) 
Noon - 2 pm (Eastern) - 11 am - 1 pm (Central)
10 am - Noon (Mountain) - 9 am - 11 am (Pacific)

About the Facilitator
Photo of Lenora Inez BrownLenora Inez Brown is the author of two dramaturgy textbooks, The Art of Active Dramaturgy: Transforming Critical Thought into Dramatic Action, and New Play Development: Facilitating Creativity for Dramaturgs, Playwrights, and Everyone Else. Lenora is the former Head of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at The Theatre School at DePaul University and has lectured at various colleges and universities including Carnegie Mellon, University of Texas at Austin, and Oberlin College. She served as a member of the artistic team and a project dramaturg for The Sundance Theatre Labs 2000 and 2001. As Director of New Play Development for Madison Repertory Theatre, she developed and produced the inaugural Fall Festival of the Future new play festival, which included the world premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice. She was the dramaturg and literary manager for Crossroads Theatre Company when it received the 1999 Tony® Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, and worked on the book for the 1999 Tony® nominated musical It Ain’t Nothing But the Blues. She is a past president of the Theatre for Young Audiences/USA. She holds an MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from the Yale School of Drama, MBA from Cleveland State University, and a BA from Dartmouth College.


  • AACT Member Exclusive: $210

Deadline to Register: July 12, 2024  12:30 pm (Central)

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