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 Motivation Issue
    Vol. 24
    No. 3
    Jan/Feb 2022

    In this latest edition of The Dramatist, Blossom Johnson, Jeremy Geragotelis, Brianna Barrett, TS Hawkins, and Psalmayene 24 reflect on the COVID-19 pandemic’s lasting impact, while Amelia French concocts a recipe for motivation. Guild members take to Twitter to share what keeps them motivated, and Chisa Hutchinson moderates a roundtable featuring S.M.

  • The Opera Issue
    Vol. 24
    No. 2
    Nov/Dec 2021

    This first (but not the last) edition of The Dramatist dedicated to writing opera has been shaped by guest editors Mark Campbell and Michael Korie to offer some insight to opera-curious dramatists about music composition and libretti writing.

  • Tools of the Trade
    Vol. 24
    No. 1
    Sep/Oct 2021

    The Tools of the Trade issue of The Dramatist takes a deep dive into the nerdiest aspects of the craft, from “The Great Software Debate,” where playwrights go toe-to-toe discussing their scriptwriting software of choice, to “Old School Tools,” which begins as a talk about pens and turns into much more.

  • 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.