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"Rent A Dramaturg is a lifesaver for playwrights! Finally, a way to have a credible set of eyes on new material. Truly an invaluable service for any playwright who wants to further their writing and deepen their understanding of craft." -Rocco N., RAD Playwright

"I made a great decision as a playwright to utilize the Rent A Dramaturg program. My dramaturg was highly recommended with a strong background. She was smart, funny and incisive and her comments and questions encouraged me to find answers on my own. If you want to make your play better - Do It! Rent A Dramaturg!" -John O., RAD Playwright 

This service makes the broad range of PlayPenn's expertise available to playwrights.

Rent a Dramaturg is offered for playwrights with a particular project in the works. Personal dramaturgical support offers playwrights a chance to be matched with one of PlayPenn's trusted collaborators for in-depth analysis and dramaturgical assistance with a work in progress. 

You can submit up to 150 pages* and choose from one of two dramaturgical packages dependent upon your needs:

Package A: $200 

  1. You will be sent a short questionnaire to help PlayPenn identify a good match for you and your play.
  2. The dramaturg will read your script in preparation for a conversation with you.
  3. The dramaturg will meet with you for 60 minutes by phone, Skype, or in person to discuss the script with you.

Package A Plus: $250

For $250 - You get all of the benefits of Package A PLUS an additional discussion of your revision with a dramaturg!

  1. You will be sent a short questionnaire to help PlayPenn identify a good match for you and your play.
  2. The dramaturg will read your script in preparation for a conversation with you.
  3. The dramaturg will meet with you for 60 minutes by phone, Skype, or in person to discuss the script with you.
  4. The playwright has three months from the date of their conversation to revise the script.
  5. The playwright can send the revision to the dramaturg anytime within three months of their discussion.*
  6. The dramaturg will read the revision and meet with you for 30 minutes by phone, Skype or in person to discuss the script with you. (*If the playwright fails to send the script within three months of the initial conversation then the playwright forfeits the opportunity to get feedback on their revision.)

*If you have a project that is longer than 150 pages, then let us know and we will help you make special arrangements.

To register for Rent-A-Dramaturg, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and indicate your interest in the program and which package you would prefer.

What Can a Dramaturg Do?

“PlayPenn’s rent-a-dramaturg program proved to be an invaluable resource. My play greatly benefitted from the informed commentary and criticism of a professional in the theatre business.” -Paul M., 2015 RAD Playwright

A dramaturg is there to be a first, trusted audience for your new work. A dramaturg will share their observations, ask you in-depth questions, and help you discover where you want the play to go next. A dramaturg will help you grapple with the intricate demands of plotting, character, dialogue, and the larger themes of your work. A dramaturg is not there to make changes to your script or assess the value of it, but to assist you in the process of getting the script as close to what you want it to be as possible. A dramaturg can help you break the play wide open to make way for new possibilities or help you fine-tune smaller sections that you are struggling with. A dramaturg may even be willing to offer advice about opportunities to apply to as you continue working on this piece but note that a dramaturg is not a script doctor or agent.

A dramaturgical session involves in-depth conversation. You ask lots of questions, the dramaturg asks lots questions, and you bounce ideas off of the dramaturg. Think of it kind of like therapy for your play. The dramaturg will assist you but in the end the play will come from you.

Dramaturgs are used for many reasons. They often assist playwrights in preparing a script for a submission to a theater as well as preparation for a reading, workshop or production. They help student playwrights of all ages shape their scripts for thesis projects. They work with playwrights to prepare scripts for graduate school submissions, especially MA and MFA programs. They offer an array of guidance, feedback and support for theater artists of all stripes who are trying to get their story on the page.

Questions? Contact Education: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I just wanted you to know that I loved working with [this Dramaturg]. She is smart, professional, and really understood what my play needed. - Penny Jackson, Playwright

[Our Dramaturg] was receptive to the play's style and subject matter and I was very pleasantly surprised and impressed with her depth of understanding of our play's themes, plot and characters. She can read and retain all of the salient elements right off the bat and her insights were extremely useful, practical, and she communicated them clearly.....I have no doubt that our play will be improved because of her input, and that's really what we wanted to happen, and it did. - Robert Fanelli, Playwright

I want to thank you both for the ease and timeliness with which you responded to my request for dramaturgical help with my play. The discussion we had was both detailed and full of deep insight into the material and I feel energized and eager to begin a new draft. - Henry Murray, Playwright

[My Dramaturg] asked excellent questions, posed in a way that never made me feel that I had to defend my choices. I felt more like we were collaborating on the idea, rather than "dissecting" it (which, admittedly, I was concerned could still happen). The experience has rejuvenated me as a writer, which is exactly what I needed. I came back with great and inventive ideas - and can't wait to start experimenting with them. - Kathy Galtere, Playwright

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