On Sunday, April 28, a group of LMDA members and people interested in exploring dramaturgy's use in other areas gathered in Philadelphia to attend a panel discussion titled "The Dramaturg in the World."
The goal of the panel was to provide early career dramaturgs and recent graduates with ideas for ways that they can make use of their dramaturgical skills in other areas. Two panelists, Allison Lyman and Martha Wade Steketee, shared their own stories and the ways they came to dramaturgy and how they use it in other parts of life.
Lyman has an MFA in dramaturgy from Brooklyn College and has found herself working in the field of development, serving as assistant director of institution relations at the Met. She discussed the way that her skills as a dramaturg- especially research skills - play a big role in her day-to-day life in development and grant-writing.
Steketee came to dramaturgy later on, beginning her career as a court researcher and realizing through that career that what she was really interested in was theater. The two panelist's different backgrounds but also their similarities led to an engaging discussion.