A dramaturg is really the backbone of a theater company. Imagine Coldplay without their drummer, or the Mavs without Dirk. It’s the dramaturg who helps the director, cast, and crew shine by providing them with all the necessary background information about the play they’re doing. This includes researching its themes, the time period it takes place in, and the translation of the original language (if not English). That information becomes vital for creating costumes, set pieces, musical accompaniment, and lots more. Dramaturgs spend much of their time on the computer or buried in books doing research and preparing notes. It’s a pretty chill gig for someone who loves the theater but doesn’t want to actually be on stage.
So, the job is either dramaturg or literary manager, and here’s the difference: A dramaturg works on one specific show, while a literary manager looks at the whole year of shows, including selecting the scripts that the company considers doing.
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