'Dramaturgy: The Basics' by Anne Hamilton '94 Published by Routledge

Anastasia Ellis
January 20, 2023

Dramaturgy alumna Anne Hamilton ’94 co-authored Dramaturgy: The Basics with Walter Byongsok Chon. The book was published by Routledge as part of its The Basics series on December 30, 2022. 

Dramaturgy: The Basics offers readers an introduction to the practice of dramaturgy, specifically explaining how it works, what a dramaturg is, and how dramaturgs can uniquely contribute to the creation of theatre. The book is crafted with the intention of helping students and aspiring professional theatre makers gain an understanding of the often misunderstood application of dramaturgy to the full spectrum of theatrical disciplines. With that intention in mind, Dramaturgy: The Basics teaches dramatic theories, script analysis, and dramaturgy-focused reading techniques to develop in its readers the critical, inquisitive, and socially-conscious perspectives that will benefit them in all professional theatre-making fields.  

Anne Hamilton is the founder of Hamilton Dramaturgy, an international dramaturgical consulting company. She has spent 32 years working across the globe as a freelance dramaturg. Hamilton’s specialty lies in script development of new plays, musicals, screenplays, TV pilots, nonfiction work, novels, and memoirs. She has worked as a consultant for Associate Professor Lynn Nottage, director Andrei Serban, the Public Theater, the Harold Prince Musical Theatre Institute, Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer, Classic Stage Company, Jean Cocteau Repertory Theater, playwright Leslie Lee, the New York City Public Library’s Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the University of Iowa Playwrights’ Workshop. Hamilton was awarded a fellowship in recognition of her contributions to the American theatre by the Bogliasco Foundation of New York City and Bogliasco, Italy. 

Dramaturgy: The Basics can be purchased here.