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 Season In Review Issue 2020-2021
    Vol. 23
    No. 6
    Jul/Aug 2021

    This Season in Review edition of The Dramatist, which is the first in Guild history to be exclusively available online, features National Reports from Regional Representatives and Ambassadors around the world. Their articles detail dramatists' resilient determination to find inspiration and build community throughout the pandemic year.

  • The Radical Hospitality Issue
    Vol. 23
    No. 5
    May/Jun 2021

    This edition of The Dramatist explores the concept of Radical Hospitality. Dramatists share what radical hospitality means to them, Christine Toy Johnson moderates a roundtable that examines what is required to create a welcoming environment for communities who have not always felt included in the theatre, and Jay Alan Zimmerman provides advice on Three Things people can do to make their theatrical spaces more accessible.

  • The Environmental Issue
    Vol. 23
    No. 4
    Mar/Apr 2021

    This edition of The Dramatist reveals how dramatists are using their craft to bring environmental issues to light. Tackling everything from climate change to global pandemics, Caridad Svich leads a Roundtable discussion about writing plays that focus thematically on the environment.

  • The Terrence McNally Issue
    Vol. 23
    No. 3
    Jan/Feb 2021

    This edition of The Dramatist is a special tribute issue in honor of Terrence McNally. It isn't often that an entire issue is dedicated to one person; Terrence McNally is that rare exception for many reasons, including his impressive body of work, his dedication to mentorship, his outspoken advocacy for authorial rights, and for his career-long support and service to the Guild and the Dramatists Guild Foundation.

  • Craft and Career
    Vol. 23
    No. 2
    Nov/Dec 2020

    This edition of The Dramatist is an in-depth examination of Craft and Career. According to The Dramatist Editor Joey Stocks, this theme was inspired by the confines of the pandemic.

  • The Call & Response Issue
    Vol. 23
    No. 1
    Sep/Oct 2020

    This edition of The Dramatist, called The Call and Response issue, takes a look at some dramatist-led resources, initiatives, and how writers have felt compelled to take action during a turbulent sociocultural moment.

  • The Season That Was/Not Was Issue 2019-2020
    Vol. 22
    No. 6
    Jul/Aug 2020

    The 2020 Season in Review edition celebrates the world premiere productions that opened and acknowledges the world premieres that closed early or were canceled due to COVID-19. Conceived in the early days of the pandemic, and titled The Season That Was Not/Was, the issue opens with DG's Statement condemning the Spring 2020 Discriminatory Attacks Against Asian Americans.

  • The Young Audiences Issue
    Vol. 22
    No. 5
    May/Jun 2020

    This edition of The Dramatist takes a look at creating theatre for young audiences. Kit Goldstein Grant and Milta Ortiz address why dramatists want to write for young audiences. Idris Goodwin and Masi Asare lead conversations with playwrights and composers on how to approach the process of writing theatrical work for younger audiences. And Ralph Sevush discusses the impact of Cancel Culture on Campus.

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