Truth & Meaning at Play

The Work of a Contemporary Dramaturg 

Sounding the Collective Moment

What does a dramaturg do? What can a dramaturg be? The dramaturg is not a special breed, like a peacock or an orchid – dramaturgy is a process, a way of seeing and experiencing, that “lives” inside us all. In one-on-one sessions with three transformative dramaturgs, Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly asks Faedra Carpenter, Martine Kei Green-Rogers and Finn Le Fevre to explore the exciting question of how dramaturgy helps re-frame and expand the way we see theater today. 

Sessions take place on Zoom!

Truth & Meaning at Play

The Work of a Contemporary​ Dramaturg

Join Philippa Kelly for a lively conversation with groundbreaking dramaturgs on how they work with directors, designers, playwrights, and actors in productions across America while asking us all to flex and stretch our understandings of who should be making what plays, and how. 

These monthly hour-long sessions are geared toward theatermakers, students, and audience members eager to explore how dramaturgy shapes the national discourse in theater today.  There will be ample opportunity for questions.

$10 per session

ASL interpretation in English will be provided. A captioned recording will be available after the event pending speaker approval. If you have other access needs or questions email

Zoom links will be emailed  24 hours prior to the event. If you have questions, have difficulty logging on to Zoom, or register after Thursday at 5:30 PM PST please email

What’s in a Name?:

 A Conversation with Finn Lefevre

April 2, 5:30 PST

The springboard for our discussion with Finn Lefevre is a three-fold question: What does a name say about a person? About their family legacy, their community legacy? About their degree of agency? In their Trans Naming project, Finn seeks to bring new horizons to names, bodies, mythologies. 

Finn Lefevre is a dramaturg and applied theater facilitator whose work focuses on trans and queer communities. They currently serve as a lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Department of Theater and have previously taught in the Theater Department at Keene State College and the Department of Ethnic and Gender Studies at Westfield State University. They earned their MFA in Dramaturgy and a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies from the University of Massachusetts, and BS in Theatre Studies from the University of Evansville. Their recent projects include a traveling workshop called the Trans Naming Ritual, dramaturging and devising with the queer performance collective Queer&Now, and serving as the co-VP of Freelance for the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.

National Endowment for the Humanities

This project is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Photo: Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly talking to director Victor Malana Maog at the first rehearsal of Macbeth in 2019; Photo by Zhanara Baisalova. 

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