dramaturgy

noun
dra·​ma·​tur·​gy | \ ˈdra-mə-ˌtər-jē How to pronounce dramaturgy (audio) , ˈdrä- \

Definition of dramaturgy

: the art or technique of dramatic composition and theatrical representation

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from dramaturgy

dramaturgic \ ˌdra-​mə-​ˈtər-​jik How to pronounce dramaturgic (audio) , ˌdrä-​ \ or dramaturgical \ ˌdra-​mə-​ˈtər-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce dramaturgical (audio) , ˌdrä-​ \ adjective
dramaturgically \ ˌdra-​mə-​ˈtər-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce dramaturgically (audio) , ˌdrä-​ \ adverb

Examples of dramaturgy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet the styles of this movie, too, leave strong traces in memory that reach beyond the boundaries of its dramaturgy. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "What to Stream: Three Online Releases of Movies That Would Have Come to Theatres," 24 Apr. 2020 Sure enough, there’s nothing fancy about the down-to-earth dramaturgy of Ms. Hall’s kitchen-sink chronicles of family life in all its varied aspects. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘The Hot Wing King’ Review: Spicy Family Drama," 5 Mar. 2020 The dramaturgy would likely strike Euripides as fairly conventional, with the exception of Orest’s refusal, in the final scene, to follow the god Apollo’s orders. Matthew Aucoin, The New York Review of Books, "Opera at the Edge," 7 Dec. 2019 The music is colorful in the manner of Tchaikovsky (who was Rubinstein’s student), but the opera’s dramaturgy is awkward. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘The Demon’ Review: Obsession and Seduction," 31 July 2018 Director Peter Kazaras made room for both styles, embracing the opera’s tell-more-than-show dramaturgy, moving from tableau to tableau. Matthew Guerrieri, Washington Post, "‘Samson and Delilah’ has old-school opera style and strengths," 2 Mar. 2020 Here, the adroitness of the dramaturgy comes into play. Nicholas M. Gallagher, National Review, "The Vietnam War at the Kentucky Opera," 23 Nov. 2019 McGee’s staging winks knowingly at the play’s potboiler narrative and creaky dramaturgy: Stylized sound and lighting cues underscore soap-opera-style developments, and the characters react to events in deliberately exaggerated fashion. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "Bravo for reviving the play that scandalized Jane Austen’s world," 11 Nov. 2019 Uzma Hameed was credited for the dramaturgy, although little was offered in the way of information about who occupied what levels of hell the 13 sections represented. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Review: Thomas Adès’ spectacular ‘Inferno’ gets the Wayne McGregor and Tacita Dean touch," 14 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dramaturgy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of dramaturgy

1801, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dramaturgy

German Dramaturgie, from Greek dramatourgia dramatic composition, from dramat-, drama + -ourgia -urgy

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about dramaturgy

Time Traveler for dramaturgy

Time Traveler

The first known use of dramaturgy was in 1801

See more words from the same year

Statistics for dramaturgy

Cite this Entry

“Dramaturgy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dramaturgy. Accessed 16 Jul. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on dramaturgy

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about dramaturgy

Comments on dramaturgy

What made you want to look up dramaturgy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!