The Dramatist is the official journal of the Dramatists Guild of America, the professional organization of playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists.


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  • The Art and Activism Issue
    Vol. 25
    No. 5
    May/June 2023

    The Art and Activism of The Dramatist includes a roundtable with Lynn Nottage, Erika Dickerson-Despenza, and Lisa Kron on theatre, activism, and the influence of playwright Lorraine Hansberry on their work; a roundup from Carolyn Gage, Pearl Cleage, Robert Schenkkan, and Keelay Gipson about the intersection of activism and art, and “A Secular Prayer for the Artist’s Radical Rest” from ayla xuan chi sullivan.

  • The Translations and Adaptations Issue (2023)
    Vol. 25
    No. 4
    March/April 2023

    The Translations and Adaptations issue of The Dramatist includes a round-up on adaptations featuring Lee Cataluna, Kate Hamill, Mindi Dickstein, Tim J. Lord, Matthew Spangler, and Jeffrey Hatcher; answers to eight common questions about adaptations from our Business Affairs team; and a roundtable on translations with Migdalia Cruz, Jeremy Tiang, and Jessica Lit, moderated by Caridad Svich.

  • The Legacy Issue
    Vol. 25
    No. 3
    January/February 2023

    The Legacy Issue of The Dramatist celebrates the life and work of Adrienne KennedyWilliam S. Yellow Robe, Jr., Bridgette Wimberly, and other remarkable dramatists. Also in this issue, Todd London introduces the Legacy Playwrights Initiative, Caitlin Saylor Stephens answers “Ten Questions” and Lynn Nottage explains “Why I Joined the Guild.”

  • Young Dramatists: A Guide to Help Aspiring Writers Become Professional Artists
    Vol. 1
    No. 1
    2023 Edition

    The first of its kind, Young Dramatists 2023 Edition serves as a primer on the business of writing for the theatre. It is the first and only magazine of its kind, geared towards informing and empowering young theatre writers. No matter your age, you're never too young to view yourself as a professional playwright, composer, lyricist, or librettist.

  • The Money Issue
    Vol. 25
    No. 2
    November/December 2022

    The Money Issue of The Dramatist covers topics from deal memos to per diems and everything in between. Included in this edition is “Compensation, Part One: Commissions, Advances, Per Diem, Royalties,” a panel featuring Diana Burbano, Lauren Gunderson, and Roger Q. Mason and moderated by Ralph Sevush.

  • The Sondheim Issue
    Vol. 25
    No. 1
    September/October 2022

    This edition of The Dramatist pays tribute to the artist, mentor, collaborator, and past Guild Council President Stephen Sondheim (1930 - 2021).

  • The Season of Reemergence Issue
    Vol. 24
    No. 6
    July/August 2022

    Welcome to The Season in Review! This issue features reports from our representatives and ambassadors and members across the country. In this season of reemergence, it also pays tribute to those members who’ve had world premiere productions between May 1, 2021 – April 30, 2022. Due to limited space and resources, the productions listed in this issue are not comprehensive and all have been self-reported.

  • The Atlanta Issue
    Vol. 24
    No. 5
    May/Jun 2022

    Our first regionally-focused issue in over two years, The Atlanta Issue provides an overview of opportunities and resources in the Atlanta-Metro area. Along with special guest editors Laura King and Pamela Turner, many of your peers provide a first-hand account of their experience with the rich Atlanta-area theatres, development centers, festivals, groups, and other resources.