The LMDA Guide to Dramaturgy in Universities and Colleges offers readers a sampling of over forty colleges and universities that offer course work or production opportunities in dramaturgy and literary management in North America and England. LMDA first published this guide in 1991-1992 as the LMDA Guide to Dramaturgy Training Programs.
Dramaturgy enters the curriculums of universities and colleges in many different ways. The most remarkable aspect of this entry is the many and diverse forms it has taken. This Guide honors that diversity.
In the 1970s, the University of Massachusetts, Yale School of Drama, and the University of Iowa were the first graduate programs in the United States to incorporate the word dramaturgy into the name of a degree program. The nature of dramaturgy as a discipline, its existence both as a role within the production process and as a way of describing the dramatic structure of a play, make it difficult to neatly describe those programs that do or do not offer an education in dramaturgy. Indeed, from the perspective of dramaturgy as a discipline, it’s impossible to teach theatre without teaching dramaturgy. A college or university might therefore offer superior training in several aspects of dramaturgy without ever using the term itself.
LMDA has left it up to universities and colleges to self-identify the role that dramaturgy plays in their curriculums. Some schools listed here offer graduate or undergraduate degrees in dramaturgy, some offer dramaturgy concentrations within a BA/MA/MFA or PhD degree that goes by another name, others offer course work and production opportunities of various sorts. Although degree offering programs in dramaturgy or emphases/concentrations are underlined, LMDA encourages individuals looking for a school to examine all aspects of a curriculum in order to determine the kind of education that will meet their needs. For many of the first generation of dramaturgs in North America, that was not even within a department of theatre arts.
This listing does not constitute an endorsement or review of these schools by LMDA. Individuals should use this resource as a beginning point. Additionally, there are a variety of other resources to gather first-hand information. Two of the best are the annual conferences of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), particularly in sessions sponsored by the Dramaturgy Focus Group.
This guide is a project of the University Caucus of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. To update, correct, add, or remove a listing, contact Geoff Proehl, Theatre Arts, Univ. of Puget Sound. LMDA members will find this guide online in the member’s only section of the LMDA web site within the University Caucus directory. Thanks to Ryan Honick, Megan Noyce, and respondents from the schools listed below for making this update possible.
For a copy of the Guide, please click HERE.