The development of a new play is a voyage of discovery, as much for the playwright as for anyone else involved along its journey from page to stage. I enjoy exploring the dramatic and theatrical worlds of a new play, the ones that exist on the page as well as the ones that have yet to emerge as it changes and grows from draft to draft.
Jocelyn Clarke is a freelance dramaturg and writer. He is currently Theatre Adviser to the Arts Council of Ireland and dramaturg at the American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage in D.C. He has taught dramaturgy at the John Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts, Columbia University and Trinity College Dublin. He was the Commissioning and Literary Manager of the Abbey Theatre for four years, and lead theatre critic with The Sunday Tribune for nine years. He is an associate artist with The Civilians in New York, and he is a member of the artistic staff of the Sundance Institute’s Theatre Lab. He has worked as a dramaturg on several productions by The Blue Raincoat Theatre in Sligo, and has written five adaptations for the company – ALICE IN WONDERLAND, ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, THE THIRD POLICEMAN, AT SWIM TWO BIRDS and THE POOR MOUTH. He has written six plays for Anne Bogart and the SITI Company – BOB, ALICE’S ADVENTURES UNDERGROUND, ROOM, SCORE, ANTIGONE, and TROJAN WOMEN (AFTER EURIPIDES). His productions for children and young people include an adaptation of Neil Gaiman and David McKean’s graphic novel THE DAY I SWAPPED MY DAD FOR A GOLDFISH, THE LITTLE DEER, THE CRIMSON FLY & THE SWAN CHILDREN for the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, and FINN for Mabou Mines in New York.