“Working with Nicolle was both incredibly helpful and incredibly easy. I felt her genuine care in all our interactions and her questions allowed me as the writer to dive deeper into the areas of my play that I knew I wanted to go, but wasn’t sure how.” Brianna Wiens Actor/Writer/Director

As a Dramaturg (Script Consultant), Nicolle has worked with over 30 playwrights on various projects, to support their vision from idea to first draft to final draft. She is a passionate advocate in nurturing young playwrights having worked as Playrighting Instructor & Guest Author at the biennial Young Authors Conference since 2011 as well as in her work for Kaleidoscope Theatre’s “Playwrights Blitz Weekend’ from 2011-2014.

“Emerging Voices has truly flourished under the leadership of TheatreOne’s Artistic Associate, Nicolle Nattrass.  My experience working with her has been nothing but positive.  She handles the administration and stage management aspect of her role with professionalism, and seamlessly switches between directing the actors and dramaturging the playwright.  Her ability to give guidance to the playwright while still allowing the actors to share their opinions is unparalleled.  It is not an easy task to create a safe environment where all artists feel heard and supported, and Nicolle meets and surpasses this challenge with her strong leadership and open heart. “ Ming Hudson, Actor/Writer

Since 2013, she has worked as Dramaturg/Director in Theatre One’s Emerging Voices programming the development of 3 plays each year working closely with the playwright on development, casting the series with professional actors, facilitating a day long workshop followed by a staged reading, has allowed her to program and work with over 20 playwrights.

“This was a most marvelous day and adventure. thank you Nicole
Nattrass for being absolutely stellar at your job. It was a most
productive day and fantastic evening. What a wonderful company to work for.”
Barbara Ellen Pollard, Actor

The Importance of Guidelines for New Plays/Playwrights

Nicolle believes firmly that Guidelines that support the process of the playwright in the workshop & development process are essential. Rules of Engagement for New Play Development are vital to a play’s development and a healthy professional workshop & creation environment.

Nicolle offers reasonable & artist friendly rates. If you are interested and would like to request Nicolle’s Curriculum Vitae for Dramaturg, contact Nicolle directly.

Still curious about EXACTLY what a Dramaturg or Dramaturge is?

The definition is debatable and ever evolving including the spelling of it but according to wikipedia~ The modern definition of Dramaturge is often debated as to what specific tasks this job does, with some defining it as the bridge between the director and the actors, others defining it as one who determines the meaning of plays and shows for the actors, and others claiming that even they don’t quite have a complete definition for their job. This discrepancy between dramaturgies is likely due to the lack of an official historical definition, and the wide variety of tasks that Dramaturgies could be asked to work on, depending on the theater, director, the show being produced, and the actors. Since Gotthold Lessing didn’t create an official definition for his own position at the Hamburg Theatre modern dramaturgies have to infer their tasks based on what Lessing did during his career, and adapt to the current needs of modern theater.[8][9]

Theatre One’s Emerging Voices~ 2013-2019

2019

  • Driving Me Crazy by Linda A. Carson & Suzanne Ristic
  • Leftovers by Brianna Wiens
  • The Nighthawks by Michelle Deines

2018

  • 223 Riverview Lane by Sean Harris Oliver
  • Our Ghosts by Sally Stubbs
  • Choices by Renee Baillargeon

2017

  • Occupational Hazards by Roneen Marcoux
  • The Seduction Theory by Sherry MacDonald
  • Creative Criticism by Michael Poirier

2016

  • Two Thirds by Julie McIsaac
  • It’s Time by Robert Tsonos
  • Emerge by Charleen Phelps

2015

  • Centurions by Sally Stubbs
  • Peaches & Cream by Jennifer Wynne Webber
  • The Long Call by Jenn Griffin

2014

  • Gross Misconduct by Meghan Gardiner
  •  Blue Heaven by Michael Armstrong
  •  Chicken in Mourning by Kim Clark

For more info about Emerging Voices, listen to Nicolle as guest speaker,
Soundcloud Creative Class audio interview (March 20,2017) on CBC Radio’s program, North by Northwest.

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