The National Theatre

From 2019 to 2022, I was the Dramaturg for The National Theatre’s Teens Behind the Scenes program, which offered free tickets and educational materials for DC-area students. In addition to creating study guides for traveling productions and interviewing the likes of John Leguizamo, I also worked extensively in The National Theatre archives to create a series of websites documenting The National’s history.

Historical Websites

Series of websites documenting the history of The National Theatre, including major building developments, significant productions, and larger social events that have shaped the institution since it opened in 1835. Visit The National’s website to access each site.

Two men stand in front of a group of students in the auditorium of The National Theatre.

Study Guides and Talkbacks

Series of study guides beginning with John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons (pictured) and concluding with Hairspray. Visit The National’s website to access the study guides.

Sample Study Guide

Below is a study guide I created for the touring production of The Last Ship, a musical created in part by Sting, who played a supporting role. Unfortunately, the production was cancelled due to COVID-19, but the study guide provided an excellent opportunity to examine Sting’s legacy, learn about the labor politics in his hometown of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and introduce students to major American strikes. The guide was designed by Carolyn Donarski; more guides are available at The National’s website. If you’re viewing this on your phone or tablet, click the link below to download the study guide.