The Kid Who Ran for President

The Kid Who Ran for President at Chicago Playworks was a timely piece of children's theatre that I had the pleasure of dramaturging for the duration of the 2016 Presidential election. This adaptation of the children's novel addressed a kid, Judson Moon, running for President and winning. 

Because of the timeliness of the production I did a lot of work keeping the actors and team updated on current events. There was (obviously) a lot going on politically that it was important they stayed up to date on. I also created a comprehensive actor's packet which helped actors dig deeper into the world and their characters. 

I also facilitated two audience talkbacks with the 900 seat audience of school children. This talkback involved audience participation as well as actor participation in both an open forum and a more structured question based format. Many of the questions involved in the talkback were directly related to theme as well as "raise your hand if _____" style questions they were provided in their learning guides. 


Prospero's Storm

Prospero's Storm at Chicago Playworks was a lively musical adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest for young people. As the dramaturg on this production I created a common core connected learning guide to be used in the classroom before or after seeing the production, which was one of my favorite parts. I found this to be a very important part of the dramaturgy on this production because it would provide the young people with a context for the heightened language and multifacited storytelling elements.

I also created a comprehensive online actor's packet which was conveniently located online in a easy to use format. The blog format I used allowed me to make a personalized page for each actor ad add to it very easily. This allowed me to stay involved in the process even when I wasn't physically in the room.

I also facilitated two audience talkbacks with the 900 seat audience of school children. This talkback involved audience participation as well as actor participation in both an open forum and a more structured question based format. Many of the questions involved in the talkback were directly related to theme as well as "raise your hand if _____" style questions they were provided in their learning guides.