Drew Lichtenberg is a writer and teacher, dramaturg and theater critic, translator and adaptor with more than 10 years of experience working at the highest levels of regional theater. His research interests include Erwin Piscator and the origins of epic theater, German romanticism and modernism, as well as Shakespeare and early modern performance. He is an adjunct faculty member at Catholic University for the fall of 2018.
Before and during his tenure as Literary Manager and Resident Dramaturg at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC, Drew has worked as a dramaturg on Broadway (the Roundabout Theatre), the South Bank (the National Theatre of Great Britain), and with regional theaters in the Midatlantic (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Baltimore Center Stage) as well as around the country (Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Great Plains Theatre Conference, McCarter Theatre Center at Princeton University, Yale Repertory Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the Public Theater). At the Shakespeare Theatre, Drew has dramaturged 40 productions over 8 seasons, including 19 plays from the 36-play Shakespearean canon, as well as world premieres by David Ives, former poet laureate Robert Pinsky, Jeffrey Hatcher, Yäel Farber, Heather Raffo, and Ellen Mclaughlin. Collaborators at STC and elsewhere include Michael Kahn, Rebecca Taichman, Ethan McSweeny, Maria Aitken, Jonathan Munby, Michael Attenborough, Doug Hughes, Mark Lamos, Moisés Kaufman, and Tarell McCraney.
Drew has taught at the Catholic University of America and Eugene Lang College at the New School, and lectured at a variety of institutions including Georgetown University, American University, George Washington University, Denison University, Ohio University, Carnegie Mellon University, the Goethe Institute, and the Alliance Française. He has served multiple times as a master teacher for the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival, both at regional and national levels, and he has advised on arts funding panels for the D.C. Commission for the Arts and Humanities, the Baltimore Cultural Alliance, and the Cuyahoga County Community Partnership for Arts and Culture. As a panelist, Drew has appeared as a guest with the National Theatre’s Platform series, Howlround, and Maryland Public Television, and has served as a judge on the New Plays panel of the Helen Hayes Awards. He has presented at the annual meetings of ATHE and the Comparative Drama Conference, and his writing and reviews have appeared in Theater, Theatre Journal, Text & Presentation, and Contemporary Theatre Review.
He holds an MFA and a DFA in Dramaturgy & Dramatic Criticism from Yale School of Drama.