Conspiracy - a word derived in 1836 from the English conspire.

Conspire, first appearing in 1300, is itself derived from the Latin conspirare, which means "to breathe together."

Dramaturgy-Driven Grant  - Money given to support a plan hatched by a dramaturg.

Read us into your conspiracy. Let us know the plan. If we are interested you will be contacted.

 There will be one winner of the Dramaturgy-Driven Grant. The winner will receive $1000 US to put their plan into action. We’ll make the announcement at the 2017 LMDA Conference in Berkeley (June 21st-24th, 2017).

 1. The application is free and open to all who self-identify as dramaturgs, whether you are a member of LMDA or not. Applicants can be from anywhere in the world, though applications must be in English. If you come from a culture that does not view dramaturgy as separate from other parts of the creative process, or does not have a word for dramaturgy, and you feel your work fits within the rubric above, please contact VP Grants and Awards Brad Rothbart and Administrator of Grants and Awards Fly Steffens, at to speak further.

2. Only one application per person.

3. The first round of applications opens on February 6th, 2017 at 12:00 AM EST and closes at 11:59 PM EDT on March 17th, The application must be a minimum of 500 and a maximum of 4000 words. The will be no reward for brevity nor punishment for length. The application is NOT available online. For the first round, please create a document titled The Plan, attach it as a .doc or.docx file, and email it to with the subject line “Dramaturgy Driven 2017 - The Plan." In this document simply explain your plan and why you are passionate about it, with absolutely no identifying information - just the what and the why. If we feel that your proposed conspiracy merits further consideration, we will be in contact by April 21st and ask for further information at that time. The desired information will be requested of you at that time, and you will only have one week to get it to us, as it will be due April 28th. Be ready. If you have not heard from us by April 21st, your application has not been selected to move forward. 

4. As we are asking for plans, the project cannot yet be underway. The earliest start date is July 1st, 2017 and the project should conclude no later than June 15th, 2019, though extensions will be considered for extraordinary work. 

5. The winner of the award must appear at two conferences, either in person or virtually (using an application such as Zoom). The first appearance would be to accept the award, and the second to present it to the next year’s winner.

The winner of the Dramaturgy-Driven Grant is required to sit on the next year’s judging panel.

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact Brad and Fly at

We look forward to breathing with you. 

If you don't receive an acknowledgement of your application within 48 hours, please contact


Previous Recipients

2017: Amy Jensen; special commendations: Tyler Crumrine and Megan Johnson

2016: no award given

2015: Molly FitzMaurice

2014: Catherine Rodriguez

Fall 2013: Norman Frisch

Spring 2013: Ben Gunter

Fall 2012: Nora Long

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