Professional dramaturgy in the heart of Appalachia.

 
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Mountaineers are always free. Developing your play will cost a few bucks.

A modest investment of time and money can make your playwriting, reading, fully-staged production, theater training, or arts research dramatically more successful. Contact me today to discuss how the services of a professional dramaturg can enhance your creative work – wherever you call home.

 
“Amy Brooks was one of the only people to see the point of probably my weirdest play and champion it, and working on it with her made it so much better. She’s brilliant, has a brain unlike anyone else in the world, and is immense fun to have thrilling conversations with in bars.”

— Liz Duffy Adams, playwright & Kennedy Center honoree
 

What services do you offer?

With years of experience as an arts teacher, practitioner, and administrator, I offer a wide range of theater services at reasonable rates.

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What is a dramaturg?

Looking to learn more about who dramaturgs are and what we do? Click through to read these handy FAQs on all things dramaturgical.

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What are you working on now?

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My Practice

As a close collaborator, your dramaturg should have a viewpoint compatible with your values, aesthetic, and creative process. Learn more about mine here. (R: in pink hat at Double Edge Theater's Spring Intensive, Ashfield, MA, 2014)

 
 
 

"Amy accomplished [a] balancing act by reading the play very thoroughly, encouraging me in what she responded to, and ever so gently directing me to where she thought I could improve things. ...[W]arm, insightful, sympathetic and perceptive." 

— David Johnson, playwright & professor, Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts

 

“[T]ough and yet supportive, funny and yet no-nonsense, totally bad-ass and yet incredibly kind. … exactly what you’d want in a person as well as in a dramaturg: someone who can contain multitudes, someone who is flexible, able to read the room and provide the commentary helpful for that particular day, but someone who is also strong enough to make the statements that are needed, to speak truth to power, to challenge us to be better – whether that’s in the stories we tell or why we’re doing theater in the first place. I admire her greatly.”

— Tira Palmquist, playwright & Primus Prize finalist

“Amy offered insightful suggestions… to catalyze the audience engagement I sought. She also offered exceptional perspective on how rural audiences would receive a play with a decidedly specific urban context. All the while, our exchange felt like a friendly dialogue – that Amy was interested in seeing me achieve satisfaction in the goals I set out for with my play rather than rewriting it for me or merely telling me how she would have approached the project. Amy demonstrates a deep respect for the craft of playwriting that acknowledges both the audacity and the vulnerability of putting one's writing before the public. She is whip-smart in her analysis and compassionate in the collaboration. I cannot wait to work with her again and again.”

— Thomas Murray, playwright, Storycatchers Theatre