TWELFTH NIGHT Talk on the Steps by Katelyn Rivenbark

Student dramaturg Katelyn Rivenbark delivers a Talk on the Steps for TWELFTH NIGHT at the McCrary Theatre, 12 April 2018. Photo by Tony Spielberg.

Drama & Theatre Studies major Katelyn Rivenbark delivered a Talk on the Steps for William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night that explored feminism and gender roles in the 1970s, the decade in which our Elon production was set. Director Fred Rubeck chose the 1970s for Duke Orsino’s court because of the decade’s experimentations with gender play, women’s liberation, and free-wheelin’ free-lovin’ lifestyles. Katelyn explored several different key feminist moments in United States history from the 1970s, including Shirley Chisholm’s campaign for the Presidential nomination and the efforts of the National Organization of Women to pass the Equal Rights Amendment.

Katelyn was one of a group of first year and sophomore student dramaturgs who also created a production history of Twelfth Night through the ages, as well as an interactive photo booth that allowed audience members to follow Viola’s lead and play with gender and disguise. Continue reading TWELFTH NIGHT Talk on the Steps by Katelyn Rivenbark


Class Project: interactive website by the MOMENT dramaturgy team

Director Kim Shively rehearses a scene from MOMENT. Photo by Tony Spielberg.

The dramaturgy team for Elon’s production of Moment, a contemporary Irish drama by Deirdre Kinahan, created this interactive audience guide as part of their dramaturgical work on the play. In addition to presenting research to the cast, trying out Irish recipes mentioned in the script, attending rehearsals to offer feedback as “first audience,” and creating a lobby display, the dramaturgy team of Mollie Richter, Maeve Riley, Gwen Rygg, and Georgia Smith also developed this website for audiences to enjoy.

Their website looks at the playwright’s influences, explores life in Dublin, and analyzes Kinahan’s script. The students interviewed the director and some of the cast and crew, created a fun “How Irish Are You?” quiz, and compiled musical playlists for the different characters in Moment. Check it out here:

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST quiz: Could you survive a Victorian tea party?

Click the link below to find out if you would survive a Victorian tea party like the one in Act One of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest!

This quiz was created by The Importance of Being Earnest dramaturgy team as part of their lobby display. Come see the performances April 6-9 in the McCrary Theatre. Tickets are now available at the Center for the Arts box office.

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A cartoon from PUNCH magazine mocking “aesthetics” like Wilde’s characters from THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST.


Class Project: MEDEA dramaturgy by Jaclyn Kanter

Theatrical Design & Production major Jaclyn Kanter created this dramaturgy website as part of a larger dramaturgy project on Medea by Euripides. The website explores recent contemporary productions of Medea and how modern audiences understand and appreciate this 2500-year-old work by Greek playwright Euripides. Follow the link to learn more about contemporary critical and artistic responses to Medea, a classical tragedy about family, betrayal, and gender:

Class Project: LAS DOS CARAS DEL PATRONCITO dramaturgy display by Marie Bolona


Theatrical Design & Production and Spanish double major Marie Bolona created this online “mini-museum” about the Delano Grape Strike and Farmworkers movement as part of a larger dramaturgy project on El Teatro Campesino’s play  Las Dos Caras Del Patroncito. In the mini-museum, audience members view a variety of images of people and events related to the Delano Grape Strike, 1965-1970. They then use their smart phones to follow a QR code to this online dramaturgy website where a short informational blog post explains the importance of that person or event to the Farmworkers movement and strike. Follow this link to see all the informational blog posts associated with the mini-museum images, and to learn more about how Luis Valdez and El Teatro Campesino used theatre to support the movement and to celebrate Chicano identity:

Class project: THE CAMP lobby display by Avery Falick

Arts Administration and Drama and Theatre Studies double major Avery Falick created this dramaturgy website about Argentina’s “Dirty War” as part of a larger lobby display project on Griselda Gambaro’s play El Campo (The Camp). The dramaturgy website offers audiences for an imaginary production of The Camp a variety of ways to engage with the script, from interviews with Gambaro, one of Argentina’s most famous playwrights, to documentary videos on the “Dirty War,” to photographs of people involved. Follow the link to learn more about the oppression experienced by Gambaro and Argentina’s Leftists, artists, and activists in the 1970s and early 1980s:


Class project: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE lobby display by Lexi Hirvo

Drama and Theatre Studies major Lexi Hirvo created this dramaturgy website about gender roles in Tennessee Williams’s classic 1947 drama A Streetcar Named Desire as part of a larger lobby display project. The website offers audiences for an imaginary production of the script one of several ways to engage with questions of gender and relationships. Follow the link to learn more about femininity in the culture of the Southern United States, the upheaval in gender roles following World War II, and social expectations of teachers and mothers in the 1940s: