I am a writer, dramaturg, director, researcher and curator working across devising, physical theatre, site-specific and interactive performance, adaptation, opera, cabaret, new writing and fiction.

Writing in Collaborative Theatre-making

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By Sarah Sigal


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I am a 2021-2022 Associate Research Fellow at the Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre with my collaborator Katharina Reinthaller where we will create our new performance installation project ‘Mary/Marianne’, incorporating text, performance, video, audio and immersive technology. This piece will be inspired by the lives and work of Mary Wollstonecraft and Marianne Faithfull and focus on the ways in which women artists are censored and silenced, historically and today. We wrote a blog about the project for the National Centre for Academic and Cultural Exchange, which you can read here.

My play Stills, which was created at the 2019-2020 14th St Y LABA residency, was recently a semi-finalist for the 11th Annual Jewish Playwriting Contest (Jewish Plays Project, NYC). It will be shown as a work-in-progress performance at JW3 on 3 November 2022, directed by Adam Lenson, performed by Debbie Chazen. You can book for the live performance or the live stream here.

I am working with The Machine and Turn of Phrase on two short films this year. I recently directed Karina Weidman’s The Negotiation and Timothy Allsop will be directing my film Vanishing.

In 2021, I collaborated with an international group of dramaturgs to make a pilot for a podcast about dramaturgy outside theatrical contexts, meaning-making and translation called ‘Lost in Translation’. We created this for the International Dramaturgy Lab but are currently planning future episodes. The podcast will be fully bilingual in Spanish and English.

Recent publications:

Indecent: Challenging Narratives of the American Dream through Collaborative Creation and the Use of Memory as a Dramaturgical Device’ (Sorbonne University Press, 2022).

Eating for Victory: Making Small-Scale Immersive Theatre in the UK’ (Coup de Théâtre, 2021).

Forthcoming publication:

‘ “Vanishing” : Écriture, conception, co-création et paternité dans la nouvelle création théâtrale au Royaume-Uni / “Vanishing”: Writing, devising, co-creation and authorship in new theatre making in the UK ‘ (Études Théâtrales, 2022).

 

Selected works