Bringing together dramaturgs from across North America in New York City for a late June weekend, LMDA15 was the 30th edition of the conference and the first time I had been to one.
Over the course of three days, many of the core issues facing live performance including diversity, inclusion, class, generational divides, and technological schisms were all discussed. Other elements of note included the location in a historic building on the campus of Columbia University, a great city at a pretty nice time of year, and marriage equality was legalized on Day 2 of the conference!
The articles in this edition all come straight out of the discussions at #LMDA15. Richard Wolfe has adapted his keynote speech to be read online, David Geary suggested a dramaturgy that acknowledges the Truth and Reconciliation report in the meeting for Canadian dramaturgs, and my contribution muses on how twitter is changing the nature of dramaturgy as I experienced it at the conference.
All in all – a great trip for all of us from SpiderWebShow who made the trip down, emerging more connected to dramaturgy and theatrical issues across North America.