The University Caucus of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs publishes the following resources for dramaturgs:

1. The LMDA Bibliography

2. Volumes 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the LMDA Source Book (an online compendium of teaching strategies and tales from the front lines)

3. The LMDA Guide to Dramaturgy in Universities and Colleges

4. Other Postings of Interest to LMDA and the UCaucus Such as Posting from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Dramaturgy Focus Group 

All publications are accessible in the members only section of the LMDA website.

Background on the Caucus:

The University Caucus of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas had its first pre-conference in 1992 at the University of Washington. Under the leadership of Susan Jonas and with the support of then LMDA president, Anne Cattaneo, the pre-conference created a regular meeting space at LMDA conferences for individuals who teach and practice dramaturgy in universities and colleges. Over the years, the UCaucus has provided a venue for the exchange of ideas about dramaturgy and education, but it has not limited itself to discussions of syllabi and classroom exercises. The UCaucus participates, along with the organization as a whole, in an ongoing exploration of the shared assumptions that inform the entire field of literary management and dramaturgy. A commitment to examining these assumptions is central to the UCaucus’s mission. Past caucus chairs have been Susan Jonas, Jayme Koszyn, Harriet Power, Lee Devin, and Tom Shafer. 

While we no longer hold pre-conferences, the UCaucus currently presents one or more sessions at the annual LMDA conference each June. If you’d like to submit a proposal for a UCaucus presentation at next year’s conference contact Devin, Proehl, or Volansky (contact info below) by March 1. 

Several members of the UCaucus actively participate in the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Dramaturgy Focus Group, reviewing and presenting papers on a range of topics at that organization’s annual conference. 

Within all these activities, the UCaucus seeks to encourage and maintain a fruitful relationship between the academy and the play-making profession. 

All members of LMDA are welcome to participate in caucus activities and share its resources. 

For the UCaucus:

Lee Devin 

Geoff Proehl (Theatre, University of Puget Sound)
Michele Volansky (Department of Drama, Washington College)

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