Dramaturgy by Students

Dramaturgy by Students is a singular program focused on a specific Alliance Theatre production that guides students through the process of text analysis, writing, and research to create artful educational materials that inform professional Alliance Theatre productions. These materials are assembled into a packet that the students give to the production’s director, cast and design team to use in the development and rehearsal process. The students’ work frequently affects the outcome of what the audience sees on stage after the play opens to the public.

A professional dramaturg has many jobs within a theater setting: a researcher for the production team of a play, supplying historical and contextual information to the director and designers; a consultant and advocate for the playwright’s intentions; the literary manager for a theater, assisting in the selection of plays for the season and education of the audience and outreach to the community.

Dramaturgy by Students is a 14 session residency, with 10 in-class sessions co-taught by a teaching artist and the classroom teacher.  Four planning sessions provide opportunities for the teacher and teaching artist to collaborate on learning goals and standards and to devise and refine lesson and unit plans, learning extensions, and assessments.

For more information about the Dramaturgy by Students program:

Grades 2-12 – Rebecca Pogue at rebecca.pogue@alliancetheatre.org


To mark the end of the Alliance Stage as we know it, and to welcome the new era with the start of the big renovation, Pearl Cleage, our Mellon Playwright in Residence, wrote a piece to commemorate this special occasion.

As a spunky gal in touch with nature in the kingdom of Kashoogie, India S. Tyree portrays a unique Cinderella in the world-premiere production of Cinderella and Fella. In between performances, India took a few minutes to give us the inside scoop on her role in the musical.

A quick glance at Magic Negro director Anthony LeBlanc's resume reveals a robust string of achievements likely to be the envy of any comedian in the business. One particular credit to his name may cause others to take pause: a Computer Science and Physics B.S. degree.



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