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When working as a dramaturg I see my role as enabling a writer or company to discover what they want their play to ask its audience, and to enable it to do so truthfully, compellingly and economically. For me, this means a bespoke relationship that is led by your project and your vision for it. 

I become involved with projects at all stages, from the kernel of an idea, to plays that have already had a performance and need strengthening ahead of a further run. I am particularly interested in working on projects with a focus on gender, or with voices that we have not traditionally heard on our stages.

Selected dramaturgy & script coverage

2020 – Present, Course Teacher, Fish Publishing Online Playwriting Course

2021 ­– Present, Reader & Critic, Shore Scripts

2021 ­– Present, Reader & Critic, Nostos Screenwriting Retreat

2020 – 2021, Reader, Experienced Theatre Practitioners Early Playwriting (ETPEP) Award

2020, Teacher: Playwriting Structure, Durham University Student Theatre

2019, Dramaturg, A Gig for Ghosts by Fran Bushe

2019, Resident Dramaturg, Maiden Speech Festival, Tristan Bates Theatre

2019, Judge, VAULT Festival 2019

2019 – Present, Reader & Critic, Fish Publishing

2017 – 2019, Judge, National Theatre New Views Competition

2018 – 2020, Literary Team, The Finborough Theatre

"Working with Cressida as a dramaturg was incredible. Not only was she clear, thorough and explorative with her notes but she went above and beyond to make sure she was offering the best support at different points in the writing process. Cressida has a wealth of knowledge and a generous but realistic approach to creating but above all, I found her very easy to work with. It was all this combined that got the best out of my play and out of me as an artist. I highly recommend her work and hope to keep working with her in the future!" Rachel Causer

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