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Applications are open for the
2023-2024 WTP Dramaturgy Intensive

Build a New Planet: 
New Play Dramaturgy
with WTP Managing Artistic Director Amber Bradshaw

This will be a dialogue and personal response-driven course designed to explore methods and approaches to new play dramaturgy. By diving into the work of some of theatre’s most daring innovators, we will learn to build a planet that gives playwrights the tools to create dynamic works of their own. We will also cover best practices to support playwrights at all levels of experience and develop our personal dramaturgical approach to new work. Many sessions will feature a guest dramaturg who will co-facilitate with Amber and/or a guest playwright to speak about their work. Each session will be followed by a virtual lab to workshop practices learned in class. This intensive will best serve playwrights, directors, producers and dramaturgs who seek to grow and expand their knowledge and practice in new play dramaturgy.

AMBER BRADSHAW (she/they) is an Atlanta native, a Southern queer and a fierce believer in the power of storytelling. She is a dramaturg, director, producer and deviser with a sole focus in new works and script development. She has nearly twenty years of experience as a new play dramaturg and theatremaker. As the Managing Artistic Director of Working Title Playwrights (since 2016), Amber has been a part of the development of many new works and models for the creative process, in addition to developing programming and educational resources for the new play community (including consultation and partnerships with producers). In Atlanta, they have worked with Actor’s Express, Synchronicity Theatre, the Alliance Theatre, the Center for Puppetry Arts, Out of Hand Theatre, Out Front Theatre, Gathering Wild Dance, and Theatrical Outfit. Since 2006, Amber has directed, dramaturged and produced play readings as a freelance artist in Atlanta. For WTP, Amber directs and dramaturgs for the Ethel Woolson Lab and the Table Series and moderates regularly for all WTP programs. They have co-produced and written several original works (EmbodiedChords Bare; Circa 50Learning to Fly; Time to Eat the Dogs; Identified: A Queer Variety Show!). Amber is a founding member of I.D.E.A. ATL (Inclusion, Diversity and Equity in the Arts Atlanta) a collective of local artists committed to providing J.E.D.I. education, facilitation and consulting for our arts community. She is a proud member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas ( and Ring of Keys (


DEADLINE: February 19th

Students who apply are committed to:

  • Respectfully collaborating with your classmates and fellow artists
  • Investigating your own bias and opening yourself up to new ideas, diving deep into personal response and meta-cognition
  • Learning the practice of new play dramaturgy
  • Experiencing International and domestic experimental theatre. We will focus on the work of Black and non-Black people of color (Global Majority), women and non-binary artists and the LGBTQIA+ community
  • Attending all sessions during the 12-month intensive. This includes one (3 hr) class and one (2 hr) lab per month. The work is cumulative. All virtual sessions will be recorded, but we not be able to provide live session recordings.

Guest Dramaturgs and playwrights:  Dr. Angela Farr Schiller, Addae Moon, Anne Garcia-Romero, Finn LeFevre and more

Playwrights featured: Susan-Lori Parks, Marguerite Duras, Aishah Rahman, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Adrienne Kennedy and Maria Irene Fornes

Class topics: The Playwright/Dramaturg Relationship; Moderation and Building Rooms; The Business of New Play Dramaturgy; Playwrights in Process, featuring a local ATL playwright


Monthly: $75
Annually: $900

Students may pay in full at the beginning or before each class. Payment will be required to get your class link. If you cannot attend class and it is virtual, a recording will be provided to you (we cannot guarantee the recording of live classes).

Please contact Managing Artistic Director Amber Bradshaw about Scholarship and discounted opportunities for students by emailing

Zoom and Theatrical Outfit



Special Thanks to Susan and Alexander Johnson
for their support of the WTP Dramaturgy Intensive

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