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

Other Words from dramaturgy

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

Examples of dramaturgy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Such is the dramaturgy of American public culture, of a performative public mind that is addicted to its sensations and categories. Lance Morrow, WSJ, 27 July 2022 David Semler studied screenwriting and dramaturgy at FAMU. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 25 June 2022 Aggregate will workshop the plays in Grants Pass, Ore., but all of the initial development and dramaturgy will be done via Zoom and streaming applications, so artists from all over the country can participate. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 June 2022 The creative team includes fight Choreography by David Anzuelo, voice and dialect coaching by Joy Lanceta Coronel and dramaturgy by Miss Hazel Jade. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 19 May 2022 During one pause in the proceedings, amid talk of blocking and dramaturgy, Paul offers the actress a suggestion. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 19 May 2022 His degree is not in performing, it’s in dramaturgy and directing. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 Feb. 2022 Along with provocation, a fair amount of frustration is built into the dramaturgy. Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2022 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. WSJ, 15 Jan. 2022 See More

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.

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

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

Dictionary Entries Near dramaturgy




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for dramaturgy

Last Updated

8 Aug 2022

Cite this Entry

“Dramaturgy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dramaturgy. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on dramaturgy

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about dramaturgy


Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Words You Should Know

  • hedgehog reading a book
  • Often used to describe “the march of time,” what does inexorable mean?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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