Teens Behind The Scenes - Dramaturg

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Project-based; $500 for research and educational content per show, $50 per talkback event
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Teens Behind the Scenes (TBTS) provides high school students in the racially and ethnically diverse DC metropolitan area with the opportunity to see touring Broadway productions, engage in critical conversations about the shows, and learn more about different aspects of the performing arts industry. For each show in the Broadway at The National season, TBTS welcomes 50 high school students primarily from communities historically underrepresented in the theater industry to attend the performance for free and participate in a post-show talkback with our dramaturg and guests from the theater industry.


The Dramaturg plays a central role in the success of The National Theatre Foundation’s (NTF) TBTS program. The core responsibilities include researching the shows in the Broadway at The National season and creating supplemental educational content to provide high school students with the social context and deeper analysis on each production. Additionally, the Dramaturg will lead students in a post-show talkback, to include possible Q&A sessions with guests from the production team and more in-depth reflection on the show’s themes. This is a contract, project-based position, located in Washington, DC. This position works closely with the Program and Office Administrator and Director of Operations. The position will require approximately 20 – 25 hours in advance of the onsite events to research and draft the educational content for each show and 1 hour for the post-show talkback. Two tickets to each show in the TBTS program will be provided to the dramaturg for free. Attendance to each show is not required but strongly recommended. NTF will be hiring two individuals for this role, each individual hired will be responsible for 4 or 5 shows and their accompanying educational content.


Educational content:

  • Research each show included in the TBTS season and create supplemental educational content per production (9) to provide students information on the social context surrounding the production and encourage further reflection on the themes presented in the performance. Resources for educational content can include scholarly sources, news articles, interviews, podcasts, etc. (See examples of previous Dramaturg’s educational materials on our website here. Other creative content will be considered applicable for educational materials.)
  • Direct NTF’s graphic designer in the design and presentation of educational materials.

Post-show talkback:

  • Lead high school students in an approximately 30-minute post-show talkback after the performance. Talkbacks may include Q&A sessions with guests from the production, guided activities that encourage students to reflect on the show and its themes, and/or other relevant content to be determined by the Dramaturg in collaboration with the Program and Office Administrator and Director of Operations.


2022 – 2023 TBTS SEASON:

  • SIX
  • Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
  • Chicago
  • CATS
  • Jagged Little Pill
  • Aladdin
  • Beetlejuice
  • Hadestown


Please submit a résumé and letter of interest highlighting relevant experience to jobs@nationaltheatre.org. The National Theatre Foundation is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion. The promotion of diversity and inclusion is central to our mission, both in our operations and in our programs.