Bridging the Cultural Divide: Intercultural New Play Dramaturgy in Toronto

  • Author / Creator
    LaCroix, Elise
  • This is a study of the role of the dramaturg in intercultural dramaturgy relationships, with a specific focus on dramaturgs practicing, or with experience practicing, in the multicultural city of Toronto. Through analysis of interviews I conducted with six dramaturgs in the summer of 2017, I investigate the dramaturg as space-maker in Toronto’s theatre community, drawing on Ric Knowles’ extensive analysis of the intercultural performance ecology of the city. I interrogate commonly held assumptions about the invisibility and expertise of the dramaturg, applying Jacqueline Lo and Helen Gilbert’s model for interculturalism, as well as Donna Haraway’s articulation of situated knowledges, to understand the mutually transformative dynamics and the processes of forging trust in dramaturgy relationships. Further, I examine the various relationships the dramaturg has to their own identity, drawing on previous investigation of the dramaturg working in intercultural contexts by Mayte Gómez, and recent research into Indigenous dramaturgies by Lindsay Lachance, and argue for the importance of self-reflexivity and articulation by the dramaturg to create productive intercultural dramaturgy relationships.

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    Fall 2018
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    Master of Arts
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