Graduate Dramaturgy Thesis
"In some way, I think that every class that I have taken at Villanova has had a hand in developing my dramaturgical skills, so it seems strange to pinpoint a select few. However, the dramaturgy course taught by Ray Saraceni, Valerie Joyce’s Script Analysis class, and Michael Hollinger’s Playwriting class come most to mind when I consider the courses that have had the greatest impact on my dramaturgical process so far. The effect of the dramaturgy course on a dramaturgy thesis is perhaps too large to put into just a sentence or two, but I will say that Ray’s class taught me the art of putting together a thorough and complete dramaturgical portfolio. This kind of detailed work in the classroom has informed my work for A Wonderful Noise, and I am a more careful and meticulous dramaturg because of it. In this same fashion, Valerie’s class gave me the necessary tools to dive into the world of the play in such a way that I was able to find dynamic pieces of information pertaining to both the values of the characters and the values of 1941 America at large, and I am excited to see how this gets woven into the production during the rehearsal process. Finally, the playwriting course has been truly integral to my approach as the production dramaturg. Given that this musical is still being revised, a class on how a play begins, moves through the revision process, and culminates in the finished product has been invaluable. Though A Wonderful Noise is closer to the “finished product” phase of the process, it’s been necessary for me to able to see where there is still work to be done, and Michael’s class taught me yet another side of script analysis and dramaturgy that pertains specifically to play development."