Sara Keats is a dramaturg focused on new work, research and writing, and advocating for playwrights.

(She is also a marketing and communications professional.)

 
 Carol Thompson in WE REMAIN PREPARED by Melissa Brown with the ensemble. Directed by Jess K Smith and Caitlin Sullivan. Photo by Alex Garland.

Carol Thompson in WE REMAIN PREPARED by Melissa Brown with the ensemble. Directed by Jess K Smith and Caitlin Sullivan. Photo by Alex Garland.

 

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

 
 
  Jocelyn Maher and Amy Thone in The Other Place by Sharr White at Seattle Public Theatre. Directed by Kelly Kitchens. Photo by John Ulman.

Jocelyn Maher and Amy Thone in The Other Place by Sharr White at Seattle Public Theatre. Directed by Kelly Kitchens. Photo by John Ulman.

 

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.

 

2013

Graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with concentrations in dramaturgy and creative writing

2014

Completed season-long internship at Seattle Repertory Theatre, began freelancing in Seattle

2015

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

 
 Michael Winters and Jack Taylor in  A Great Wilderness  by Samuel D. Hunter at Seattle Repertory. Directed by Braden Abraham. Dramaturg John Baker; Assistant Dramaturg Sara Keats. Photo by Alan Alabastro

Michael Winters and Jack Taylor in A Great Wilderness by Samuel D. Hunter at Seattle Repertory. Directed by Braden Abraham. Dramaturg John Baker; Assistant Dramaturg Sara Keats. Photo by Alan Alabastro