Time with dramaturgs is some of my favorite! At this year's LMDA Digital Conference, I will be a presenter on two sessions.
I've compiled anecdotal research and laid down a path to some further research needed about the experience of being an early career dramaturg in my very first!! solo conference session called Where We're At: The ECD Crossroads. Helping rebuild the education to employment path for dramaturgy is something I am eager to lend a hand in, so I curated this session's contents from the Early Career Dramaturgy Affinity Space as a way to create a common vocabulary and brainstorm next steps for dramaturgs at an early career crossroads.
You can catch this session asynchronously on Day 1, Thursday, February 1, at the LMDA Digital Conference website.
The Digital Development Project is also making a conference appearance next weekend!
Alongside my fellow DDP dramaturgs, we will be sharing our new initiative as an inspiration for creating spaces for early career dramaturgs and emerging playwrights to collaborate as well as overcoming physical location barriers to dramaturgy.
You can catch our session, Digital Dramaturgy Project: A Process-oriented Crossroad for Emerging/Establishing Playwrights and Dramaturgs, on Digital Conference Day 3 from 1:45pm to 2:30pm EST in a synchronous Zoom session.
As part of the inaugural phase of DDP, I have had a space to work with playwrights and actually practice dramaturgy! In the fall of 2023, I worked with three playwrights on the development of their plays, all at different stages in their careers and plays at different stages of development. This initiative is playwright-focused, meaning I tailored each playwright's dramaturgical consultations to what their goals and needs were. One play resulted in a staged reading and finalized draft for performance, one in a more whole draft to submit to new play festivals and incubators, and one finally knew what questions she needed to ask to continue writing her draft. All of these feel like beautiful, collaborative acts of dramaturgy, and I am grateful to each playwright for allowing me to work closely with their plays and their own practice.
I'd love to uplift these playwrights and their plays below!
Here's the whole team; what fun!
OOB (Ally's Version):
I'd love to continue to uplift these lovely playwrights and artists involved in the 2023 iteration of OOB. See the graphic below for their names & be sure to check out their NPX profiles!
This June, I took planes, trains, and automobiles to get to NYC for a reading of William Ivers' The World Was Yours after a storm cancelled my original travel accommodations. It was wild, and so is this play! I love how its characters explore how artists talk to each other across generations, which is a feat I think we all need more practice in on a broader level. I played Joy, a muralist who wants to yell her opinions as loud as she can, partly because she doesn't feel like she can be heard. This is different from my quiet, contemplative approach but reminded me of my younger peers. As someone who straddles the cusp between millennial and Gen Z, I felt like I had a unique perspective on where generations miss each other, and where they say something profound. I'd love to know what you think about it!
I'd love to continue to uplift these artists.
If you would, please take a look at the links below, take some time, and love on them, too!
In May, I got to dance alongside some lovely humans one last time at the Firehouse Theatre
in Saturday Night Fever!
I got to do my favorite thing by supporting this story from the Ensemble, alongside some hot people singing and dancing and the Bee Gees.
Saturday Night Fever
Direction by Owen and Ally Beans
Music Direction by Jason Philip Solís
Choreography by J. Austin Eyer
Spring to Summer of 2023 is best spent with Amphibian Stage! As part of my internship with them for their summer arts festival SparkFest, I was able to introduce a little dramaturgy to their season for their production of Baba by Denmo Ibrahim in the form of an audience guide to help connect the Fort Worth community to this beauty of a play. This dramaturgy consisted of uplifting voices and the MENASA culture in this play in order to foster deeper connections from the audiences to its beauty and its hardship. I was grateful to have contributions from scholars and from those I call friend.
Baba by Denmo Ibrahim at Amphibian Stage | Directed by Hamid Dehghani
For fans of Everything Everywhere All At Once, The Farewell, Aftersun, and Undone, Baba is where family meets fantasy. Trapped in the absurd circus of the office of US Passport & Immigration, a desperate father pleads his case—a passport for his little girl—revealing the price he paid for the American Dream in the process. Thirty years later, his daughter Layla embarks on a journey halfway across the world in hopes of reclaiming the lost pieces of her culture, her father, and herself.