WTP maintains a diverse roster of professional dramaturgs who are available for one-on-one dramaturgy.
I have been working professionally as a dramaturg for almost ten years and I can honestly say that serving as a dramaturg for WTP has been some of the most rewarding work that I have been fortunate enough to be a part of as a new works dramaturg. I love this company! There is a place for every playwright here”.
–Dr. Angela Farr Schiller, Emmy® Award winning director, a two time Alliance Theatre Reiser Lab awarded dramaturg, Associate Professor of Theater at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and WTP affiliate dramaturg
The New Play Dramaturg
A new play dramaturg in the development world is a sounding board, a cheerleader, a midwife, a question asker, sometimes a problem solver, and a good friend you can trust. They are often your first audience. Consider them your ultimate ally in the journey to birth your play.
One Session Package
While you do not need to be a member to engage our dramaturgical services, we do offer significantly reduced rates as a member benefit.
- The dramaturg reads the play and provides the playwright with in-depth written and verbal commentary.
- 5 hours of time: A written breakdown of your dramaturgs feedback (minimum of two pages typed).
Three Session Package
15 Hours of time. The dramaturg and playwright begin as they would a one session package. How the following 10 hours of time is spent – is determined by the dramaturg and playwright working together.
If you are interested in taking advantage of our Dramaturgy Services, please contact Managing Artistic Director Amber Bradshaw to arrange a partnership with a dramaturg that will suit the needs of your play: email@example.com.
- Amber Bradshaw
- dr. candi dugas
- Jordan Ealey
- Quinn Xavier Hernandez
- Celise Kalke
- Hank Kimmel
- Laura King
- Addae Afura Moon
- Sofia Palmero
- Dr. Angela Farr Schiller
- Rebekah Suellau
ABOUT THE DRAMATURGS
Amber Bradshaw (she/they) is an Atlanta native, a proud Southern queer and a fierce believer in the power of storytelling. They are a dramaturg, director, producer and deviser with a sole focus in new works and script development. In Atlanta she has worked with Actor’s Express, Synchronicity Theatre, the Alliance Theatre, the Center for Puppetry Arts, Out of Hand Theatre, Out Front Theatre, Gathering Wild Dance, and the Essential Theatre. For WTP, they direct and dramaturg for the Ethel Woolson Lab, the Table Series, and moderate regularly for WTP’s Monday Night Development Workshops (MNDW). They are proud and excited to have launched the annual WTP New Play Dramaturgy Intensive: Build A New Planet in October of 2020. This intensive is a year-long course designed to train dramaturgs in WTP designed Playwright-Centered new play dramaturgy. Amber has co-produced, self-produced and written several original works (Embodied; Chords Bare; Circa 50; Time to Eat the Dogs; Learning to Fly; and Identified: A Queer Variety Show!) and encourages artists to self-produce. She is a proud member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and the 2020 Class of ALMA (Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta). Amber is honored to be able to help playwrights in the South tell their stories. They believe that storytelling can change the world by impacting us in ways we never could have imagined.
candi dugas, d. min. (no pronoun preference) is a New York Times award-winning, Atlanta + Sedona-based playwright, dramaturg, producer + cultural organizer compelled to complete freedom. Every project she curates comes from the longing that lives in her breath to help make this world a better place, which includes investing in + collaborating with other creatives. She’s currently designing an 8-day virtual retreat + conference space to celebrate the 15th anniversary of candi dugas & associates – along with producing the community conversations for Hush Harbor Lab’s collaboration with Found Stages’ production of Addae Afura Moon’s Cassie’s Ballad, directed by Lydia Fort. dr candi is also serving as dramaturg/producer for a theatrical event, “My Side of the Story: The Black Father Shares His Truth,”with the Morehouse School of Medicine initiative, Fathers Matter ATL – featuring two short plays written by Dr. Carlton Molette and Sandra Hodge-Hampton, respectively, and directed by David Koté. Most recently she helped produce True Colors Theatre’s inaugural Next NarrativeTM Monologue Competition: Atlanta and workshopped her play Wild & Free with Working Title Playwrights’ Ethel Woolson Lab (also a winner of the Playwrights Foundation’s Bay Area Play Festival 2021). candi is a dramaturg who specializes in new play development, Black narratives, and spiritual + historical themes. She develops her unique brand of theatre making as The dugas MethodTM. Learn more about the Method’s approach to dramaturgy.
Jordan Ealey (they/she) is a dramaturg, playwright, scholar, and cultural critic. Dividing their time between Atlanta, GA and the D.C/Baltimore areas, Jordan specializes in new play and musical development. Jordan specifically takes a black feminist approach to dramaturgical practice by centering multidisciplinarity, collaboration, and abolition in their work. This is done through collaborations with marginalized playwrights and composers, championing their under-served perspectives and encouraging them to build new and innovations theatrical practices. Jordan is especially heartened by work that challenges convention in theatre and performance and is eager to work with artists who are interested in the same.
Quinn Xavier Hernandez (they/them) is an Atlanta-based playwright, director, and dramaturg focused on new play development, magical realism, intersectional identity, and social justice. They are a firm believer in the new triple-threat and use their skills as a director and playwright to inform their dramaturgy practice. In Atlanta, they have worked with Actor’s Express, Out of Hand, Georgia Ensemble Theater, and Out Front Theatre. They originated Working Title Playwrights’ New Play Development and Production Apprenticeship under the mentorship of Amber Bradshaw and Rebekah Suellau and now serve as the organization’s Assistant Managing Director. Quinn is also a founding member of The Cultivators, an Atlanta-based new works development organization empowering its member playwrights to create original and impactful works of theatre and film. Quinn received their B.A. in Performing Arts (Theatre) with a minor in Dramatic Writing from Clemson University in May of 2018. They are also a proud alumnus of the National Theater Institute’s Advanced Playwriting program (Spring 2017).
Celise Kalke (she/her) is the new managing director for Synchronicity Theatre. Before Aug. 2018, Celise was the Director of New Projects and Artistic Programs Manager at the Alliance Theatre for 13 years. There she discovered and mentored artists new to the field of American Theatre, including Academy Award-winner Tarell Alvin McCraney and Laurents/Hatcher-winner Jiréh Breon Holder . She developed and grew the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition and the Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab, which launched the careers of multiple emerging playwrights and theatre artists. Before moving to Atlanta Celise was the Director of the Literary Department at New York’s Public Theater. Her work began at Court Theatre in Chicago where she worked on Classic Plays with America’s most exciting directors. Celise has worked her entire career helping debut writers and giving them the skills to articulate their process and vision. She is a skilled production dramaturg and Arts Administrator.
Hank Kimmel (he/him) is founding member and current Board President of Working Title Playwrights, and has maintained a long-time commitment to help foster playwrights and the development of new plays in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast. Along with developing original work with students at Woodward Academy, the Hotchkiss School and the Atlanta Jewish Academy, Hank has served as a dramaturg for a number of playwrights locally and nationally, helping them discover what’s wonderful about their work and where they might consider going next with it, both artistically and commercially. With an extensive background as a journalist and mediator, Hank understands the impact of a well-considered question and aims to give the playwright new ways of looking at their work. As a long-time principal for the Alliance For Jewish Theatre (www.alljewishtheatre.org), Hank has a particular interest in developing faith-based plays. Hank is a long-time member of the Dramatists Guild. He also is a graduate of Brown University, the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the Emory School of Law. For more information about Hank’s own work as a playwright, please see www.hankkimmel.com.
Laura King (she/her) is a local Atlanta playwright and dramaturg. She holds an MFA in playwrighting, with a concentration in dramaturgy from the Playwrights Lab at Hollins University and a master’s in English from Northwestern University. Currently, she serves as a Dramatists Guild ambassador for the Southern Georgia region. She is the chair of the Playwriting Committee and a member of the Publications Committee for the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC). Laura also serves as a Literary Associate for YouthPLAYS, a publisher of plays and musicals for young audiences. She has provided dramaturgical services to Georgia theatre students and professional artists since 2013. Laura has served as an adjunct theatre instructor at Gordon State College, Wesleyan College, and Middle Georgia State University where she has taught courses on Theatre Appreciation, Scriptwriting, Devised Theatre, Acting, and Performance and US Culture. Laura’s plays have received the following awards: American Association of Community Theatre NewPlayFest 2020 (The Cayuga Canal Girls), Write Now 2019 (Merritt Anne and the Mighty Oak), Purple Crayon Players Festival of New Work 2019 (Merritt Anne and the Mighty Oak), Georgia Theatre Conference 2016 One-Act Play Competition (Fallout), Elk Street Cultural Arts Village New Works Festival 2016 (Check Mate), and Southeastern Theatre Conference and Stage Rights 2016 Ready to Publish Award (Independence Day at Happy Meadows).For more on Laura’s plays, please see laurakingplaywright.com.
Addae Afura Moon (he/him) is a dramatic writer for stage, screen, television and new media. He serves as Resident Playwright for The Atlanta History Center and is that organization’s Acting Director for the Museum Theatre. In 2014 he was awarded the Jon Lipsky Playwriting Award from the International Museum Theatre Alliance (IMTAL) for the immersive theater production Four Days of Fury: Atlanta 1906, about the Atlanta race riots. Since 2008, he has worked with Atlanta’s Horizon Theatre as playwriting teacher and dramaturg for the theater’s young writers program. He has served as Adjunct Professor at Clark Atlanta University, where he taught courses in the Theatre Arts Department including: Theatre Appreciation, Dramaturgy and Criticism, Acting I, Directing, Development of Drama I & II, Playwriting, Children’s Theatre and African American Theatre, as well as conducting research in African diasporic performance.
Sofía Palmero (they/she) is a dramaturg, actor, and writer in Atlanta, GA. They’ve done dramaturgy for the Ethel Woolson Lab, Stripped Bare, Actor’s Express’s Intern showcase, Theatrical Outfit’s Unexpected Play Festival, and now Alliance’s Reiser Lab. In addition to that, they’ve also been an evaluator for the Ethel Woolson, Essential Play Festival, and the SheATL Festival. Sofía’s plays have been workshopped at Working Title Playwright’s Table Series, the Ethel Woolson Lab, Actor’s Express’s Threshold Festival, and upcoming the SheATL Summer Festival. They were named a “Playwright to Watch in 2020” by the AJC before… well, you know. As a dramaturg, Sofía loves making the process of birthing a play less lonely for writers and being the play and playwright’s biggest cheerleader. They’re on a mission to spread the magic of dramaturgy to playwrights, theatres, and development houses in Atlanta.
Angela M. Farr Schiller, PhD (she/her) is an Emmy® Award winning director, a two time Alliance Theatre Reiser Lab awarded dramaturg, and Associate Professor of Theater at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Formerly she served as the Director of Arts Education at the four-time Southeast Emmy® Award winning ArtsBridge Foundation for the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, in Atlanta, GA, and as an Assistant Professor and the Resident Dramaturg for the Department of Theatre & Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University. She received her PhD in Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford University. As a new works, production, and community engagement dramaturg, she has worked on numerous plays and musicals including The Color Purple, Hairspray, Cabaret, Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1,2, & 3), Peter and the Starcatcher, Heathers: The Musical, Three Sisters, The Scarlet Letter, Feathers and Teeth, In the Blood, As You Like It, and Native Guardand Goodnight, Tyler with the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre. Her areas of research include Performance Studies, 20th century African American History and Performance, Critical Race Theory, Dramatic Literature, Sensorial Studies, and 20th and 21st Century American Drama. Angela’s most recent published book projects are The Methuen Drama Book of Trans Plays (Routledge) and Troubling Traditions: Canonicity, Theatre, and Performance in the US (Bloomsbury).Her body of work is ultimately rooted in revealing the ways that performance can be utilized as a meaningful tool for critical thinking, social justice, and the development of empathy and compassion for the human experience.
Rebekah Suellau (she/her) is an Atlanta-based theatre artist focusing in new play development. She has worked as a director, dramaturg, playwright, and performer on stages across Atlanta, including the Alliance, 7Stages, Georgia Ensemble, Emory University, The Weird Sisters Theatre Project, Atlanta Theatre Club, Synchronicity, Catalyst, Aurora, and Horizon. She was voted Best Local Stage Director in Creative Loafing’s Best of ATL (2017). She has served as a producer with The Weird Sisters Theatre Project, The Seedling Project, and The Araca Project (NYC), and currently works as the Associate Development Artist with Working Title Playwrights. MFA: Florida State University.