Definition of dramaturge in English:


(also dramaturg)


  • 1A dramatist.

    • ‘Romeo and Juliet, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead and West Side Story are just some of the many classic reworkings of Shakespearean text, paying due homage to his work, the apotheosis of the art of the dramaturge.’
    • ‘She is one of the most intelligent, sensitive, and principled individuals I know, and she will enjoy great success as a dramaturge (theater is her first love).’
    • ‘In our May 29 theatre column it was written that Peter Hinton was the artistic director of Playwrights' Workshop Montreal when in fact he's the playwright and dramaturg in residence.’
    • ‘They come from all departments at the drama school: they are actors, technical designers, directors, dramaturgs, stage and theater managers, and designers of sets, sound, and lighting.’
    • ‘It hardly takes a brilliant operatic dramaturge to see through this brainless travesty, loaded with irrelevant inventions and non sequiturs.’
  • 2A literary editor on the staff of a theater who consults with authors and edits texts.

    • ‘We take on two wannabe playwrights per year and match them up to dramaturges.’
    • ‘These notes may have been written by a dramaturg.’
    • ‘I find it difficult to explain why the play therefore is unsatisfactory, after all the company, Theatre Centre, employs a dramaturge, Bonnie Greer.’
    • ‘That afforded her a dramaturge, director and an actor.’
    • ‘Surprisingly, Albee points to the new-play development programs found in theatres across North America (involving dramaturges, readings, workshops) as a source of the blandness of so much of the drama of the past 20 years.’
    • ‘The 12 performances draw an audience of more than 1,500 playgoers - among them about 70 industry people, including literary managers, dramaturgs, and artistic directors.’
    • ‘In the case of Edward III, I had the opportunity to work closely with the text while serving as dramaturg on a production of the play.’
    • ‘Brian's a playwright and may soon be a dramaturg.’
    • ‘She's spent most of the past five years working on new Canadian plays as a dramaturge and director for Alberta Theatre Projects.’
    • ‘Get a dramaturg, get some writers involved, and let them do the thinking.’
    • ‘A good dramaturge would have demanded more clarity.’
    • ‘Greig hopes his new role as dramaturg at the National Theatre of Scotland alongside artistic director Vicky Featherstone, below, will give him a breather.’
    • ‘Maybe Sen needs a dramaturg to help direct his actors, to help them find a more varied dramatic register.’
    • ‘The first draft was very easy, but then I had to work with a dramaturg and then I had to start working with actors.’
    • ‘Then he took the rough build - around 7 pages - to Playbox's dramaturg.’
    • ‘As dramaturg and translator she has worked closely with the Gesher Theatre, a bilingual Hebrew-Russian company that has revolutionized Israeli theatre.’
    • ‘The women were encouraged, guided and overseen by the playwright and dramaturg, Nina Rapi.’
    • ‘I went with a team I had chosen of a composer, designer and dramaturge in order to thrash out a particular idea I have for a ‘biggish’ narrative piece.’
    • ‘Often in Europe the dramaturg plays part artistic director, choosing the season.’
    • ‘As you know, the relationship between playwrights and dramaturges is rather delicate.’


Mid 19th century: via French and German from Greek dramatourgos, from drama, dramat- ‘drama’ + -ergos ‘worker’.