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Associate Dramaturg

Date Added
30 November 2021
National Theatre
£40,000 per annum, pro rata
Job Specification
We are looking for an Associate Dramaturg to join our New Work department. 
The Associate Dramaturg will support the Head of Play Development, dramaturgical team and the artistic leadership in proposing and preparing plays for production.   They will be asked to suggest plays for commission and production, develop titles for adaptation, revival and versioning, and identify writers, artists and companies for development at the NT.  As such, the role includes talent and project- based research and development toward the stages of the National Theatre. 
The role will require an understanding of literary development, the commissioning process and the journey between idea and production.  It requires the ability to offer an articulate and informed dramaturgical conversation, and to build productive working artistic relationships, to identify artists, projects and material of promise and to forge connections between creative practitioners and the opportunities within the New Work Department and on NT’s stages. As the Associate dramaturg will regularly be asked to propose material for adaptation and development, the role requires an extensive knowledge of canonical classics and understanding of the processes of adaptation, including identification of source texts and assembly of creative teams.  Finally, the position requires a strategic overview of the NT’s repertoire to guide artistic choices, as well as a proven track record in bringing ambitious and excellent ideas to life. 
The successful candidate will have the following: 
• Demonstrable experience of literary development and an understanding of the commissioning process with a track record as an incisive, articulate and assiduous reader and assessor of scripts. 
• Strong working knowledge of the Western literary canon and the criteria and processes for supporting adaptation and versioning of canonical texts by living writers. 
• An in-depth knowledge of contemporary British and international theatre, and the National Theatre’s role within it. 
• Experience in production dramaturgy and artistic development at every stage from inception to production, steering new work into production with writers, directors or other theatre makers. 
• Experience in seeding and supporting artistic collaboration, building creative teams and delivering work at scale. 
If that sounds like you, then we would love to hear from you!
Application Details
For further information on this position, including the job description and to apply, please follow the link below: 
The closing date for the receipt of completed application forms is: Wednesday 15 December, midday 
For further queries please email   
We want our workforce to be representative of all sections of society and welcome applications from everyone. 
As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for our vacancies. 
HR Department 2021 
Closing Date
15 December 2021
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