What is a dramaturg?

I get asked that question a lot! The answer depends a little bit on the type of production and its needs.

For Shakespeare, classical drama, and opera, I do a lot of background research, mostly on the play’s historical context. I work closely with the director and actors to help them understand the language as well as the world of the play. In some cases, this work also includes aspects of translation and adaptation.

For new work and contemporary plays, I offer research support as needed. Depending on when in the process I get involved, I also work with playwrights on script development. You can learn more about that process from my colleagues at the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA).

I was a company member of the Santa Cruz Shakespeare festival, a nationally renowned regional theater, from 2012 to 2020. I’m currently a company member (Dramaturg/Producer) of Collaborative Artists Bloc, a Los Angeles-based theater nonprofit with a mission of dynamic artistry for social change.

I work professionally as a freelance dramaturg. Contact me to discuss a collaboration.


The Anonymous Lover by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. (LA Opera, dir. Bruce A. Lemon Jr.) For more production details, check out the “Anonymous Aggregate” of blogs, podcasts, and more. This production is available to stream on Marquee TV.

Read reviews of the production in the LA Times, The Wall Street Journal, and San Francisco Classical Voice.

The Wars of the Roses: The First Part of Henry the Sixth. (Co-production of Santa Cruz Shakespeare and the UC Santa Cruz Shakespeare Workshop, dir. Paul Mullins)
Read the initial press release and a retrospective article about the project.

The Winter’s Tale (Santa Cruz Shakespeare, dir. Raelle Myrick-Hodges)

Romeo and Juliet (Santa Cruz Shakespeare, dir. Laura Gordon)

The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Santa Cruz Shakespeare, dir. Art Manke)

Hamlet (Santa Cruz Shakespeare, dir. Paul Mullins).

Master Class (Jewel Theatre Company, dir. Susan Meyer Silton)

The Liar (Santa Cruz Shakespeare, dir. Art Manke)