Our NYMF Dramaturg

When you get a Next Link slot, NYMF treats you as though they’re the momma bird, and you’re the fledgling. They learn ya things, like marketing, ticketing, producing, and, of course, how to make your show continue to grow.

To facilitate that growth, they give us our very own dramaturg (as in someone trained in the “techniques of dramatic composition”, so sayeth Dictionary.com; dramaturgs help playwrights see their work with a clear eye; often, they give us that bit of “tough love” we need when somethin’ ain’t workin’, but we’re too attached to realize it; they can help with structure, with characterization, with language, with research).

Ours is Lisa Timmel.

Lisa is Director of New Work at The Huntington Theatre Company in Boston. Previously director of new play development at Playwrights Horizons, interim dramaturg and advisor to the Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater, artistic producer at Carole Shorenstein Hayes Productions. She has helped develop work by Chay Yew, Adam Bock, Jason Grote, Sarah Ruhl, Francine Volpe, Shelia Callaghan, Steve Sheik and Tanya Barfield among others. Notable productions developed at Playwrights include I Am My Own Wife, Grey Gardens, Small Tragedy and The Pain and the Itch. Trained in dramaturgy and dramatic criticism at Columbia University (MFA), she has worked with various theater companies and developmental organizations including Sundance Theater Institute (White Oak), New Dramatists, Actors Theatre of Louisville, National Actors Theatre, INTAR, Classic Stage Company, and New Georges. Ms. Timmel served as an adjunct professor of dramatic literature at NYU and as the staff dramaturg at The Juilliard School. Ms. Timmel holds a BA in English Literature from Kenyon College.

We expect to have a phone conference with Lisa soon. And I’m VERY excited at the same time that I’m nervous about how my “child” might appear to this new set of eyes. Fear is good. It allows for growth and change. Even if it hurts.

Bring on the pain, Lisa!


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