Jane Ann Crum
Yale School of Drama
Jane Ann Crum's dramaturgy credits include extensive work with new plays, most recently (January, 2010) at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco, where she worked with Artistic Director Loretta Greco and playwright Luis Alfaro on his new play, "Oedipus el Rey". At the O'Neill Playwrights Conference, the New Harmony Project, and the Bonderman, she worked on Adam Rapp's "Finer Nobler Gases," Karen Hartman's "Going Gone," Laura Cahill's "Mercy," and Tammy Ryan's "The Music Lesson." In New York, she dramaturged Migdalia Cruz's "Salt" at the Actor's Studio Free Theatre and adapted Nick Joaquin's "Portrait of the Artist as Filipino," for Ma-Yi Theatre. Other regional work includes Baltimore's Center Stage, Princeton's McCarter Theatre, Yale Rep, Arizona Theatre Company, and Playmakers Repertory in Chapel Hill, NC. Ms. Crum has taught dramaturgy and dramatic literature at Yale College, Catholic University of America, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her essays have been published in "Dramaturgy in American Theatre;" "Rereading Shepard;" "Notable Women in the American Theater," "Sam Shepard: A Casebook;" "George Bernard Shaw: The Neglected Plays;" and "Theater" magazine. Ms. Crum is a longtime member and former Vice-President of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA). In 2001, she organized a roundtable sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts entitled "The Glass Proscenium: Advancing the Careers of Women in the Theatre." In 2005, she served as moderator for a symposium considering Margaret Webster's directing career at the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts. In addition to her work as a free-lance dramaturg and teacher, she served as Managing Director of the Women's Project, where she produced The Antigone Project, featuring re-tellings of the Antigone myth by writers Lynn Nottage, Tanya Barfield, Karen Hartman, Caridad Svich and Chiori Miyagawa. As Executive Director of The Drama League from 1997-2004, she produced The Brecht Centennial and Five at the Fringe, a total of twelve plays directed by Directors Project alumni during the 1998 and 2000 New York International Fringe Festivals. Ms. Crum received her M.F.A. in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from the Yale School of Drama, where she studied with Richard Gilman, Gitta Honegger, Stanley Kauffmann, and Leon Katz. While at Yale, she was awarded the Kenneth Tynan Prize for Dramaturgy.