DRAMATURG

NICOLLE NATTRASS: DRAMATURG

“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

“What an exhilarating, exhausting day!
Thank you to everyone for holding the space,
Sally Stubbs for your exquisite play,
and Nicolle Nattrass for rocking it at the helm!”

-Tamara McCarthy, Actor

“Thank you to the gang at TheatreOne in Nanaimo for the
outstanding workshop and reading of my script Our Ghosts on Tuesday.
I’m always hard on my own work, but this was – according to audience members, team and even me
– a moving and profound experience. (Did I really just say it was profound? Well, I think it was.)
Thank you especially to Nicolle Nattrass,
who programmed OUR GHOSTS and brought
passion and impeccable organization and
leadership to our work;  David Mann, TheatreOne AD and performer this time round; and Jessica Schacht, who provided support. Big thanks also to the talented cast who gave themselves so completely tothe work. Tamara McCarthy; Barbara Ellen Pollard; Sebastien
Archibald; Ade Hough; and Michael Armstrong, you rock!
And, finally, thank you to the surprisingly large and enthusiastic audience who came out on a cold and snowy night.
I am so grateful for all of you and this opportunity.”

Sally Stubbs, Playwright

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 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.

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.