Jump to Main Content

Margot Melcon: Principles of Dramaturgy
Or, How I Learned to Embrace My Inner Nerd and Love the Library

with the Marin Theatre Company Resident Dramaturg

  • Tuesday, June 14: 7-10PM
  • Tuesday, June 21: 7-10PM
  • Tuesday, June 28: 7-10PM
  • Tuesday, July 5: 7-10PM

CLASS FEE: $125.00

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: $100.00 (register by June 10th, 2011)

DEPOSIT: $50.00

For Literary and Dramaturgy Types, Playwrights, Theater Artists (Directors, Designers, Actors, Producers, Technicians) and All New Play Aficionados

Click Here to Register

In four Tuesday evening summer sessions Margot will take you through an active, participatory exploration of 8 questions that will bring you closer to understanding structure, identifying theme, and getting to the root of what a play is truly about. Using existing work and plays-in-progress, the class will actively discuss and practice how to use research, text analysis, cultural history, performance theory and collaboration to tell a story for the stage. You may also learn about presenting research and ideas in a collaborative way, how to re-think and adapt modes of storytelling to new contexts, how to identify and reach your audience, and some of the other roles of the dramaturg, including translator, teacher and, let's just say it, magician.

Open to all theater artists: learn tools dramaturgs use to unlock a play with more clarity and depth.

Instructor Bio

Margot Melcon is the literary manager and dramaturg at Marin Theatre Company where she produces the New Works Reading Series and administers two annual new play prize competitions in addition to acting as production dramaturg on all shows. Prior to joining Marin in 2008, she worked in the literary and publications departments at A.C.T. She is a freelance writer for American Theatre magazine and was a fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Playwrights Festival. She is a graduate of California State University, Chico.


REGISTRATION: In order to ensure a place in the class of your choice, you are encouraged to register and pay your deposit early. Please fill out the registration form on our website, and make a payment with the link provided. Your non-refundable deposit will hold your spot in the class, and will be added to the class registration total. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable, and non-transferable. You will receive a confirmation email once we have your registration form and deposit.

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Early Bird Discounts must be paid IN FULL by the EBD deadline, or you must make special arrangement for payment with the staff. Your EBD fee, less required deposit is refundable/transferable until 72 hours prior to the start date of the class.

CLASS FEE POLICY: Full payment for classes is due three days in advance of the start date of the class. If you do not make a payment, or make special arrangements by that time, we reserve the right to offer your spot to another student.

PAYMENT PLANS AND SCHOLARSHIPS: All NPI registrants can apply for a partial scholarship, upon demonstrated need. Scholarships generally cover up to 30% of the class total, and are awarded based on demonstrated need and the number of request we receive. PF will also accept a payment plan, if arrangements are made in advance. If you have received a payment plan in the past that has not been honored, we will no longer extend that courtesy to you.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY: If you must cancel, please notify Playwrights Foundation at least 3 days (72 hours) prior to the class. You will receive a refund of your class fee, minus the deposit. If you miss the 72-hour cut off, your full class fee will be kept. We reserve the right to change course locations, schedules, fees and instructors when necessary. You will be alerted to ALL changes. Full refunds will be given only in the unlikely event that Playwrights Foundation cancels a class. A check will be mailed to you.