Engaging Freelance Dramaturgs: Guidelines for Managers and Producers

The purpose of this guide is to assist managers and producers draft a fair and
equitable contract when engaging freelance dramaturgs. It has been prepared by
the Dramaturgs’ Network in the knowledge that the existing suite of freelance
contracts are not sufficient to fully address the various roles a dramaturg may have
in a creative process. In the document below the three distinct areas of work:
production dramaturgy, new drama development and devised/collaborative work are
clarified, and the issue of “job creep” is addressed; where, as a result of creative
developments in the work, the dramaturg is asked to take on tasks for which they
were not initially engaged. This document will guide you to draft a freelance contract for a dramaturg.

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