SASHA MILEVICH DAVIES, Dramaturg
What do you do?
I am a dramaturg. I make sure that the story being told on stage, whether abstract or literal, is can be clearly read by an audience. I make sure that the rhythms, pace, journeys of characters, feelings engendered in an audience all reflect the initial concept and intentions of the director/choreographer.
When did you first realise that you wanted to be a dramaturg?
I didn't realise I wanted to be a dramaturg. Officially, I am a theatre director and writer so I understand how to do this job.
Where did you train and what qualification did you get?
I trained at Ecole Jacque Lecoq, a physical theatre school in Paris. I have a 2 year diploma.
What kinds of things did you study?
I had to do movement training, improvisation classes, and devising classes. It taught me how to invent, construct and make a piece of theatre using non-traditional means of storytelling.
Do you have such a thing as a typical day?
My typical day is watching rehearsals, making notes on the things I see. Talking to the choreographer and creative team about their goals and giving feedback on the bits of staging I see in rehearsals.
What personality traits or skills do you need to be a good dramaturg?
You need to develop good observation skills to be a good dramaturg. You also need to read a lot about theatre and dance history and know what is happening in the industry now. You need to have very good communication skills, writing skills, and it would certainly help if you had a diplomatic personality.
What do you love most about your job?
Are there any bad bits?
Not bad bits. Challenging bits. Sometimes you'll be the one charged with breaking through a creative impasse…
What advice would you give to a young person wanting to do the job you do?
See a lot of theatre/dance. Read a lot about narrative styles and techniques. Perform so you know how it feels, direct and choreograph so you know how it feels. Practice your craft all the time.