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

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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 The show, directed by Rory Pelsue and featuring dramaturgy by Cat Rodríguez and Ariel Sibert, represents an ingenious hybrid of stage and screen. Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2021 Shakespearean dramaturgy is a dance between macro and micro realms. Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2021 The machinery of the dramaturgy clanks and clunks here, but this is where everyone gets their Big Monologue, and the actors rise to the occasion. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, 29 Sep. 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 2 Mar. 2020

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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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28 May 2021

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“Dramaturgy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dramaturgy. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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