2022 Dramaturgy Program & Criteria

LMDA/KCACTF Student Dramaturgy Submission & Award Criteria

The LMDA/KCACTF Student Dramaturgy Award is designed to recognize contributions by student dramaturgs to the conception, development and production of theater within their colleges and universities, or to educational projects in dramaturgy. The philosophical foundation of this award – like that of dramaturgy itself – rests in the belief that art benefits from examination on the parts of both artist and audience, and that creative inspiration accompanied by analysis and reflection is most likely to lead to productions and projects that fulfill the spiritual, social and personal potential of the theatrical event.

Submission Details

Dramaturgs should submit:

  • A title page, identifying the dramaturg, the project, and the school. Include your address, phone number, email address, and date of the project.
  • Two statements written by the dramaturg, one describing the breadth and scope of the project and its challenges, the other detailing the process from start to finish.
  • As much documentation of process as possible. Unrealized projects should reflect thoroughness in forethought and planning rather than documentation of the production process Realized projects should reflect thoroughness in forethought and planning as well as documentation of the production process.
  • All materials that seem relevant, but do not exceed 100 pages. This may include information from websites created; questions asked during the process; and information gathered for individual packets. We are not interested in you scanning everything that you researched, but in your analysis and compilation of materials researched.
  • All materials must be in .pdf format.

 Award Criteria

  • Distinctiveness – What is creative about the dramaturg’s approach and/or analysis?
  • Contextualization – How is the production or project enhanced by dramaturgical analysis or research; alternatively, how is the academic project in dramaturgy imaginatively projected into a larger social, political, academic or artistic setting?
  • Impact – In what way are the audience, artists or institution enriched by dramaturgical ideas and execution?
  • Ethics – How are issues that might be raised by the terms of the collaboration or changing responsibilities dealt with and/or resolved?
  • Significance – How does this project inform, challenge or advance the field of dramaturgy, in general and/or within the student’s school?  

Award Eligibility

Undergraduate and graduate students who work specifically as the dramaturg on a production or workshop, or who submit work created for a dramaturgy class. If the project is a workshop or production, the student must be credited as the dramaturg. The student does not need to be enrolled as a full-time student to apply.

Register for the Unified Dramaturgy program here.