What is a Dramaturg?

Dr. Philippa Kelly (Dramaturg) with William Thomas Hodgson (Director)

A Dramaturg is an expert on the study of plays who collaborates with the creative crew to find authentic interpretations of the text while honoring the original author's intent. A Midsummer Night's Dream's Dramaturg is Dr. Philippa Kelly, the Resident Dramaturg at California Shakespeare Theater. Philippa has been awarded fellowships from the Fulbright, Rockefeller and Commonwealth Foundations, and grants from the NEA, the Walter and Elise Haas Foundation among others. She has published 11 books and over 100 internationally peer-reviewed articles and professional playbill articles. She also teaches at San Jose State University.

   Some Articles on Midsummer by Dr. Philippa Kelly

First Use of the Word "Bedroom"

Shakespeare Gave His Wife "The Second Best Bed"

On "The Spicéd Indian Air"