JEDI DRAMATURGY WORKSHOP presented by dramaturg Melissa Hillman

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JEDI DRAMATURGY WORKSHOP - “JEDI” stands for “justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.” Sunday, May 16, 4PM – 5:30PM Pacific Time.

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“JEDI” stands for “justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion”: in other words, some of the most important considerations for playwrights today. This workshop is designed to give playwrights an introduction to engaging with JEDI in your work in thoughtful, productive ways. We’ll address:

- Why we no longer say “color-blind” or “handicapped” & more on the latest terminology

- Recognizing racist and racialized tropes-- including what “racialized” means-- and elevating your work above them

- Writing disability without ableism

- The dangers of “ironic bigotry”

- Intent vs Impact

And other tips for writing characters whose identities are different than yours.

*This one workshop can only cover the tip of the iceberg, so after the workshop, you’ll be given a handout full of links and book recommendations for further study.


Suggested donation of $15-$25. Registrants will be sent an email with a Zoom link


Melissa Hillman has been working in new play development in the Bay Area for over 20 years, most notably as the Artistic Director of Impact Theatre. She holds a PhD in Dramatic Art from UC Berkeley, and has taught there, CSU East Bay, the Berkeley Digital Film Institute, and the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. She currently provides private dramaturgical consulting ( in addition to her work as a dramaturg with Play Cafe. Her specializations include developmental dramaturgy and JEDI-focused dramaturgy (justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion).

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