I know what you're thinking, what is a dramaturg? For those not in the know, a dramaturg is person in the live theater scene who researches and develops new works for the stage. And, as dramaturgs go, Lydia Garcia is the tops; having worked as the resident dramaturg for the world-famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon.
Now, Garcia has been tapped as the new resident dramaturg and literary manager at the Marin Theatre Company, bringing her imaginative and progressive work to the North Bay to help emerging playwrights, actors, directors and others at the company to bring new and exciting works to the stage.
In a statement, Garcia says, "joining the team at Marin Theatre Company—a company dedicated to nurturing plays destined to become new American classics—is an extraordinary opportunity to be at the forefront of the most exciting developments in the American theatre today."
On their part, MTC artistic director Jasson Minadakis states, "Ms. Garcia is one of the true leaders in forwarding new play dramaturgy and in mentoring the field's next generation of dramaturgs. She is also one of the field's leading experts and facilitators in the new arena of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and I am thrilled that she is bringing her expertise to MTC as well as the greater Bay Area. She will be a valuable local resource for our community.”
Marin Theatre Company’s next production, the world premiere of "Swimmers," by Rachel Bonds, begins performances on Thursday, March 3 and runs through Sunday, March 27 at 397 Miller Avenue in Mill Valley. www.marintheatre.org.