The Art House presents

Masterclass: In-Depth Dramaturgy

4 May 2024 Showing at The Art House Studio

Info Cast & Creatives


The Art House Presents

Masterclass: In-Depth Dramaturgy with Finn O’Branagáin

In this one-day Masterclass, Finn O’Branagáin takes participants on deep dive into Dramaturgy for live performance, sharing her knowledge and expertise. What is Dramaturgy and how can it support the creative development of a new work.  

This Masterclass will focus on:

  • The intersection of theory and practice. You will unpack how all the elements of theatre come together and interact with each other to create meaning. We all know great theatre when we see it, but dramaturgy is about articulating what works and why.
  • Participants are encouraged to bring their own ideas for works they are developing or would like to create, so that they can ask questions and unpack their creative process. Finn will also talk through some case studies of productions and share some of the key elements of how dramaturgy can support the overall structuring of a new work.  

As this is a full day masterclass please bring your own lunch, complimentary tea and coffee will be supplied.  

Who can attend: 

  • Those who have experience in creating and devising new and original performing arts works (e.g. theatre, contemporary dance, physical theatre, musicals, circus) Minimum age 18 years 

  • Numbers will be capped at 15 participants so get in quick to reserve your place.

Structure of the day: 

  • 10AM – 1PM – Session one (3-hrs) 
  • Lunch 
  • 2PM– 5PM – Session two (3-hrs) 

Cast & Creatives

Finn O’Branagáin is passionate about creatively collaborating with artists and communities in telling stories that might otherwise go unheard and working to change the dominant narrative. She is the Artistic Director + CEO at Outloud, a social impact youth arts organisation located on Darug land in Western Sydney that brings together young people, professional artists and service providers to make artworks that help young people move through social problems they are facing and gives them transferrable life skills.  

As a playwright, Finn is deeply drawn to using mythology to tell true and contemporary stories. She believes in sparking important conversations through independent and collaborative works. Her plays have toured nationally and internationally, reaching diverse audiences, and receiving five-star reviews for their thought-provoking narratives.

One of her recent productions, 'Scaredy Cat,' in collaboration with Terrapin Puppet Theatre, had the privilege of engaging nearly 17,000 children during its tour of schools in Tasmania and east-coast theatres, including the Sydney Opera House. Another notable work is 'You Know We Belong Together,' which Finn co-created with Julia Hales and Clare Watson as a Perth Festival commission with Black Swan State Theatre Company. It received critical acclaim and toured internationally, including prestigious venues like the Royal Lyceum Theatre at the Edinburgh International Arts Festival, the London Southbank Centre, and the Sydney Opera House.

In her role as a dramaturg, Finn takes a person-centred approach, focusing on understanding the playwright's vision and guiding them in effectively conveying their message. Through extensive research and a deep dive into the context of the play, Finn provides insights and resources to enhance the overall quality and integrity. She uses a toolkit of various exercises that help writers refine their work and bring out its full potential.  Collaboration and communication are at the heart of Finns process. She believes in fostering kindness, creativity, and insightful innovations in form and content and strives for a playful and trusting environment where everyone's ideas are valued. With a detail-oriented and structured approach, Finn ensures seamless and courageous change-making across all projects, whether arts-making or arts management.


The Art House Studio


Sat 04 May 2024 - 10AM

Important Information

Duration: 6 hours with 1 hour lunch break
Ligth refreshments supplied
Restricted to 18+
For access/wheelchair bookings please contact The Box Office


Ticket: $50.00

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