Gotthold Ephraim LESSING

Born: January 22, 1729

Died: February 15, 1781

Lessing Week 2022 will be Saturday, January 22-Saturday, January 29, 2022. Our goal is to raise $2,000 to be used for ECD travel grants!

On January 22, 2022, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing – the world’s first dramaturg -- would have turned 293!

Every year, to celebrate his birthday, LMDA holds a fundraiser to fund our annual Early Career Dramaturg travel grants. These grants promote the future of our, and Lessing's, field by providing travel grants for emerging dramaturgs to participate in our annual Conference and other activities with the hopes that they will blossom, thrive, and be at the forefront of our evolving field.

To be eligible to receive the Lessing Week travel grants, dramaturgs must be LMDA members, less than 2 years out from undergrad or graduate school, and not be employees of an organization that could otherwise fund their travel. Though the amount varies based on the conference location and distance the applicant would travel, these grants designed to fund the recipient’s travel, housing, and registration.

Why is Lessing Week Important?

"As someone early in my dramaturgy career, attending the LMDA conference was particularly useful for meeting new colleagues and potential mentors as I forge my professional identity and investigate what really interests me in my field. Without the ECD Travel Grant from the LMDA, I would have missed out on a valuable opportunity to create the time and space to discuss my present interests and long-term career as a dramaturg with a group of invested and supportive collaborators." -Jolenne Noelle, Grant Receipient

Please join us in supporting both individual dramaturgs and the future of our field by donating today!

User login