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Truth and Meaning in Play: The Work of a Contemporary Dramaturg in Sounding the Pulse of the Collective Moment.

What does a dramaturg do? What can a dramaturg be? The dramaturg is not a special breed, like a peacock or an orchid - dramaturgy is a process, a way of seeing and experiencing, that "lives" inside us all. In one-on-one sessions with three transformative dramaturgs, Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly asks Faedra Carpenter, Martine Kei Green-Rogers and Finn Lefevre to explore the exciting question of how dramaturgy helps re-frame and expand the way we see theater today.

Cal Shakes' Truth in Meaning at Play/ New Directions in Dramaturgy Initiatives are made possible by a generous award from the National Endowment of the Humanities.

Finn Lefevre is a dramaturg and applied theater facilitator whose work focuses on trans and queer communities. They currently serve as a lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Department of Theater and have previously taught in the Theater Department at Keene State College and the Department of Ethnic and Gender Studies at Westfield State University. They earned their MFA in Dramaturgy and a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies from the University of Massachusetts, and BS in Theatre Studies from the University of Evansville. Their recent projects include a traveling workshop called the Trans Naming Ritual, dramaturging and devising with the queer performance collective Queer&Now, and serving as the co-VP of Freelance for the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.  www.finnlefevre.com

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