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 A Dramatis Personae workshop taught by Jacqueline E. Lawton
Saturday, September 26th, 2-5 PM
This workshop is FREE and will be held online. Due to pre-workshop materials review and questionnaire, advance registration is required by September 17th. Email to reserve your spot.
As playwrights, we are image-makers. The work we do has a powerful and lasting impact on perception. This is why social awareness, cultural literacy, and racial consciousness are essential to our work. When we are writing beyond ourselves and our experience, special care must be given the development of characters and exploration of the world of the play. The goal of this workshop is to explore the impact of social identity on playwriting and how we can use the power of storytelling to reflect a greater vision for humanity.
Questions we’ll consider include:
  • What does Anti-Racism mean for playwrights?
  • How can we be more racially aware, socially conscious, and culturally literate in our work?
  • How do we value, uplift, respect, and embrace our differences?

Jacqueline E. Lawton is a playwright, dramaturg, producer, and advocate for Access, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the American Theatre. Her produced plays include: ANNA K; BLOOD-BOUND AND TONGUE-TIED; DEEP BELLY BEAUTIFUL; THE HAMPTON YEARS; INTELLIGENCE; MAD BREED; and THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ. She has worked as a dramaturg and research consultant at theatres across the country including Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Arden Theater, Arena Stage, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Ensemble Studio Theater, Folger Shakespeare Library, the Ford’s Theatre, Interact Theatre, the Kennedy Center, Round House Theatre, Theater Alliance, Theater J, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. As an AEDI Facilitator, Ms. Lawton has worked with the Dramatists Guild, Education Theatre Association, the English National Opera, James Madison University, Maestra Music, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Theatre Communication Group, the University of Southern California, and Vagabond Theatre. She received her MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a James A. Michener Fellow. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dramatic Art at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a dramaturg for PlayMakers Repertory Company. She is also the Dramatists Guilds Regional Representative of North Carolina. Learn more at