Dramaturg and Literary Advisor

People in this profession revise the composition and representation of written work. Literary Advisors may employ their skills in a variety of areas from theatre productions to publishing houses, whereas Dramaturgs focus more on theatrical literature. Distinction can be made between a literary advisor and a dramaturg working in the theatre, literary advisors retaining an ongoing role a theatre company, and a dramaturg working on a specific production. The individual roles themselves may vary depending on the needs of specific scripts and productions, with emphasis put on different areas of adaptation such as research the playwright and details of the play itself, advising cast and directors and representing the wishes of a playwright, but will generally involve some of the following duties:

  • Producing texts for rehearsals such as revised scripts, translations, workshopping new scripts, and liaising between the director and playwrightProviding program notes and meeting with audiences
  • Reading and assessing new plays
  • Consult with the artistic director in relation to artistic policy and repertoire and supervise public pronouncements of these and aesthetics that may be used
  • Dramatic editor, and so on

Dramaturgs and Literary Advisors need to have a critical sensibility, i.e. be able to analyse and interpret material for a wide variety of people, have knowledge in dramatic repertoire, be able to read, understand, research and review plays, cut scripts and prepare dramaturgical material and abridged versions of plays. They need to have good analytical, written and verbal communication skills, work well with all members of a theatre company and production crew and audience.