RUTH LITTLE WINS THE KENNETH TYNAN AWARD
The Dramaturgs’ Network is happy to announce that the winner of the Kenneth Tynan Award in 2012 is Ruth Little (dramaturg, Akram Khan Company and associate director at Cape Farewell).
Ruth Little was nominated for her dramaturgical work on Desh (Akram Khan Company production) and for her contribution to the advancement of dramaturgy: considering the biological, cognitive and social realms in the creation and interpretation of performance works.
Ruth Little has been involved in the long process of the development of Akram Khan’s full length contemporary solo production, Desh since the conception of the project, and helped the extensive research, nurturing of ideas, developing and honing the Olivier Award-winning show that combines dance, spoken words, sound and music, ‘live’ graphic design and a set.
Ruth Little is one of the first dance dramaturgs in the United Kingdom, and is renowned for her idea of looking at dramaturgy as a complex system. She connects dramaturgical findings with theories about chaos and complexity that brings forward groundbreaking ideas on the workings of dramaturgy in the theatre. Her advanced thinking in the field of dramaturgy, curiosity, mental flexibility and precision are an aspiration to many dramaturgs in the UK.
Ruth Little (currently staying in Australia) has sent this message: “If the Award helps to develop a wider understanding of the value of dramaturgical process in many different contexts, then I’m honoured to be part of it. Thanks to the Dramaturgs’ Network and to the Panel.”
The shortlisted nominees for the Kenneth Tynan Award 2012 have been announced.
Acknowledging the contribution of their work to the field of dramaturgy, this year’s shortlisted nominees for the Kenneth Tynan Award are: Michael Duke (artistic director, Tinderbox Theatre Company, Belfast), Ruth Little (dramaturg, Akram Khan Company and associate director, Cape Farewell) and Max Stafford-Clark (artistic director, Out of Joint).
These are regular workshops or masterclasses offering hands on, shared experience on various aspects of dramaturgy from devising through dance to new drama development. Workshop leaders have included: Jack Bradley and Hildegard De Vuyst (les ballets C de la B).
The d’n café is our regular open forum discussion dedicated to dramaturgy. Some of our topics have been: dramaturgy and politics, verbatim theatre, production dramaturgy, new drama development in the USA, disability and dramaturgy. Our guests have included: Alecky Blythe, Christopher Campbell, Joseph Danan, Nicholas Kent, Paul Sirett, Stef Smith, Robin Soans and Sam Walters.
Established in 2011, the Kenneth Tynan Award is an annual award that goes to a British professional in the field of theatre or dance to acknowledge his/her contribution to the field of dramaturgy. There are no other awards in the United Kingdom recognising this aspect of the performance making process and the thinking that goes into it.
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The Dramaturgs’ Network is proud to launch the first award in the United Kingdom recognising excellence in the field of dramaturgy, named after the first British literary manager/ dramaturg, Kenneth Tynan.
This annual award is to be given to one outstanding theatre professional working in the field of dramaturgy, residing in the UK.
Nominations for the award can be made by Dramaturgs’ Network members only. The recipient will be chosen from the nominations received by the Award Panel. The panel includes Tracy Tynan, costume designer, Kenneth Tynan’s daughter.
The inaugural award ceremony was held as part of the DN10 Anniversary celebrations on Sunday 16th October 2011, at Southwark Playhouse, London.
The Kenneth Tynan Award recognises excellence in the field of dramaturgy. This annual award, recognises those professionals whose dramaturgical work has led to great achievements in theatre and/or dance. This includes, but is not limited to people who have:
· Discovered new talent or noteworthy writing.
· Helped a director to develop, fine tune and realise his/her concept.
· Helped a company to shape a new production.
· Matched the right play with the right translator.
· Curated a notable festival.
· Helped raise the standard of theatre and/or dance in the United Kingdom.
The Kenneth Tynan Award celebrates their work, and acknowledges the contribution these unheralded professionals have made. Every year the award will be presented to one theatre (or dance) professional in the United Kingdom, who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of dramaturgy (regardless of his/her job title). Applicants for the award are nominated by Dramaturgs’ Network members, and the winner will be chosen by the Kenneth Tynan Award Panel.
The winner of the award receives a certificate, a sum of (minimum) £250, and a lifetime membership of the Dramaturgs’ Network.
(Photography: Julian Lloyd)
In this section we publish the reports from conferences run by The Dramaturgs’ Network, starting with the Pro-Sessional conference which took place at the SOHO Theatre in November 2007.
PRO-SESSIONAL , November 2007
In order for it to be easier to browse the articles which we have published through our newsletter we have separated out the most interesting ones.
They cover many different topics but as we are a network focussing on theatre practice most of the articles are reflecting on different types of practice in which the dramaturg is engaged.
This is one of the most exciting parts of the website and we hope it will continue to grow.
Here you can find The dramaturgs’network Toolkit for directors working with a dramaturg for the first time, a booklist with recommended readings, a list of courses and other resources for working dramaturgs.
We have taken the decision to share our knowledge and resources openly and welcome anyone else who would like to recommend or produce material which can be helpful to colleagues and students of dramaturgy.
In this section we will focus on the specific information for those who wish to enter the profession, those who want to employ a dramaturg and those who are practitioners.
We have put together a list of suggested fees for the services of a dramaturg, provided a sample contract and a list of what UK dramaturgs might do as well as a list of courses which has some elements of dramaturgy within the curriculum.
There may be further information and arguments about the role and practice of the dramaturg in the UK within some of the articles which you can find elsewhere on this site.
There is also some advice on how to contact a dramaturg through the network.
We are often asked to define the role of the dramaturg and dramaturgy. Here we have gathered several different definitions from ourselves and other organisations.
Please feel free to contribute to this continual exploration!
The Dramaturgs’ Network is an organisation for UK theatre practitioners committed to developing dramaturgy and supporting practitioners’ development in the field. We are an informal network run by volunteer members of professionals committed to the role of the dramaturg being a production-based activity as well as a literary role in the UK.
We aim to provide support for theatre practitioners functioning in the role of dramaturg and literary manager and to share ideas, knowledge and resources. We explore and promote the role, function and contributions by dramaturgs and literary managers through practice, debate and collaborations.
Below you can find out more about the organisation, its members and how to join.
Welcome to the home of the Dramaturgs’ Network where you can find out about who we are and what dramaturgs do. You can also look at our upcoming events, find resources for your work or research and much more!
The Dramaturgs’ Network is an organisation for UK theatre practitioners committed to developing dramaturgy and supporting practitioners’ development in the field.
Founded in 2001, it is a volunteer arts organisation created to share ideas, knowledge, resources and skills in current dramaturgical practices.
The network aims to provide support for theatre makers functioning in the role of dramaturg and/or literary manager, and educational professionals involved in dramaturgical practice.
The Dramaturgs’ Network explores dramaturgy through information, debate and practice.