Drew Lichtenberg is the Literary Manager and Resident Dramaturg at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. He has dramaturged more than 30 productions over six seasons, including half of the 36-play Shakespearean canon. He has served twice as a production dramaturg at the Royal National Theatre of London on Yaël Farber’s productions of Les Blancs by Lorraine Hansberry and Farber’s own Salomé, the latter of which originated as a commission for STC. Along with Farber, he has collaborated with many leading directors including Michael Kahn, Rebecca Taichman, Jonathan Munby, Liesl Tommy, Michael Attenborough, Doug Hughes, Mark Lamos, Moisés Kaufman, and Tarell Alvin McCraney.
As Literary Manager, Lichtenberg has overseen the commissioning and development of seven world premieres in as many seasons at STC, working with authors such as Ellen Mclaughlin (Aeschylus’s Oresteia, upcoming); Heather Raffo (Noura, from Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, upcoming), Jeffrey Hatcher (Sheridan’s The Critic); David Ives (The Heir Apparent from Regnard Le Légataire universel and The Metromaniacs from Piron’s La Métromanie); and former US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky (Friedrich Schiller’s Wallenstein). He is also a translator and adaptor in his own right, and has assisted on German translation and textual adaptation with the Shakespeare Theatre’s production of Measure for Measure, Yale Rep’s production of Wedekind’s Lulu, and an upcoming adaptation of Frisch’s Biedermann und die Brandstifter for Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.
Prior to his work at STC, Lichtenberg was Associate Dramaturg at Baltimore Center Stage, and he has worked as a dramaturg with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, McCarter Theatre Center at Princeton University, Yale Repertory Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Public Theater’s New York Shakespeare Festival, and the Great Plains Theatre Conference.
As a critic and journalist, Lichtenberg has written for Theatre Journal, Contemporary Theatre Review, and Chance Magazine. As a teacher, he has spent three semesters as part-time faculty at Eugene Lang College at the New School, and three semester as an adjunct at the Catholic University of America, while leading master classes and dramaturgy intensives at George Washington University, Ohio University, Georgetown University, Denison University, American University, and Carnegie Mellon University. As an undergraduate mentor, he has appeared six times at the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival, and served on arts funding panels for the Baltimore Cultural Alliance, the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture of Cuyahoga County, and Baltimore Cultural Alliance.
He has been a guest on numerous panels, symposia, and other such honoraria, including the National Theatre’s Platform on Les Blancs, a GPTC/Howlround webstream on paradigms in dramaturgy, serving as a guest host of “Artworks” on Maryland Public Television, and as a New Plays Judge for the Helen Hayes Awards.
He holds an MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from Yale School of Drama, where he is currently a Writing Fellow.