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About the Author
Lenora Inez Brown is the author of The Art of Active Dramaturgy: Transforming Critical Thought into Dramatic Action (Focus, 2011). In addition, she has authored numerous articles, essays, and chapters in texts focused on dramaturgy and dramatic criticism. She has developed new work at Sundance Theatre Lab, Pacific Playwrights Festival, New Visions/New Voices, and other play development workshops.
"This is a book for dramaturgs of new work, but it is also a particularly effective book for anyone working on new plays: playwrights, directors, producers, even actors. Lenora skillfully dissects the process of workshopping new writing, and clearly defines the roles for all involved. I learned not only how to make a new play workshop more effective, but how to approach my writing and my directing, and how to meaningfully collaborate with others in this unique process. This is a necessary handbook for anyone working on new plays today."
—Anne Marie Cammarato, Director
"Lenora Inez Brown's The Art of Active Dramaturgy blazed new trails for theater practitioners by showing how dramaturgs can contribute to all phases of performance creation—not as mere helpers, but as full-scale collaborators. In this book she takes the proactive next step, providing dynamic methods of catalyzing rehearsal and workshop processes in addition to taking on special issues peculiar to our time. If Ms. Brown's first book is a dramaturgy primer, this companion volume is graduate school at its most useful."
—Mead K. Hunter, Artistic Director, The New Harmony Project