Sara Keats is a dramaturg focused on new work, research and writing, and advocating for playwrights.
New Play Dramaturgy
New works are some of our most immediate, vital cultural assets. At the heart of Keats's dramaturgical practice is a dedication to the form. Keats works closely with playwrights to determine the story they want to tell and helps them to pursue the most artful, effective expression of that story. New play dramaturgy includes research, coaching, questioning, listening, and advising.
“Sara Keats is every playwright’s dream. She falls in love with plays hard, simultaneously defending them as her own and subjecting them to her perceptive interrogation. Every play Sara touches is bolder, sharper, and better for having known her."
–Danielle Mohlman, playwright
Research & Writing
Keats is also experienced with production dramaturgy, including research, writing, and collaborating with directors on productions. Production dramaturgy can include creating research casebooks and actors' packets, writing program notes and creating lobby displays, and executing production-related programing like hosting panels and facilitating talkbacks.
Graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with concentrations in dramaturgy and creative writing
Completed season-long internship at Seattle Repertory Theatre, began freelancing in Seattle
Co-founded Umbrella Project, a new play development and resource sharing hub in Seattle
Advocacy & Administration
In addition to working on individual projects, Keats has experience in literary management, producing and mentorship. A alumnus of Carnegie Mellon University's celebrated dramaturgy program and several prestigious internships, Keats has had the good fortune to study with some of the foremost practitioners and scholars in the field. As a founding member of Umbrella Project, she advocates for dramaturgs and playwrights in Seattle and beyond.
"I'm fortunate enough to have benefitted greatly from the insight, knowledge, and perception of Sara Keats. She's a determined advocate for new work and especially Northwest playwrights. Any project would be enriched by her contributions."
– Brendan Healy, playwright and Artistic Director of PonyWorld Theatre