dramaturgy

noun
dra·​ma·​tur·​gy | \ˈdra-mə-ˌtər-jē, ˈdrä-\

Definition of dramaturgy 

: the art or technique of dramatic composition and theatrical representation

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Other Words from dramaturgy

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

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Shteir is head of dramaturgy and dramatic criticism at the Theatre School of DePaul University. Rachel Shteir, WSJ, "‘Playing to the Gods’ Review: Avatars of Female Anguish," 23 Aug. 2018 This is daring dramaturgy, requiring the utmost in tonal control to keep it from tipping into righteous bathos. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Waiting for Po-Po in a Searing ‘Pass Over’," 18 June 2018 But its loudest voice is still the creaking of its dramaturgy. Margaret Gray, latimes.com, "With 'Sisters Rosensweig,' Wendy Wasserstein's women-centric storytelling returns to the limelight," 16 May 2018 Newspaper corrections for April 11, 2018 Amrita Ramanan is the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's director of literary development and dramaturgy. The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "Newspaper corrections for April 13, 2018," 13 Apr. 2018 Dimensions of Chekhov's dramaturgy are abridged or missing. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "A spectacular new 'Uncle Vanya' at San Diego's Old Globe," 21 Feb. 2018 There’s not a lot of research or dramaturgy that goes into something like this. Josh Rottenberg, latimes.com, "Theater veterans Tracy Letts and Laurie Metcalf on sharing the screen in Greta Gerwig's 'Lady Bird'," 3 Nov. 2017 In this, as in so much of Ms. Ruhl’s dramaturgy, the women (Kathleen Chalfant as Ann, Lisa Emery as Wendy) greatly outshine the men (Daniel Jenkins, Keith Reddin and David Chandler as their brothers) — both as characters and cast. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Reimagining ‘Peter Pan’ for the Lipitor Demographic," 13 Sep. 2017 Everything about it, the dramaturgy, the stenography, the facial expressions, all of it. Isaac Chotiner, Slate Magazine, "How Autocratic Is He?," 15 June 2017

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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

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