Drew Lichtenberg is the Literary Manager and Resident Dramaturg at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. A writer and teacher, a professional dramaturg and published theater critic, Drew is also a 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 also an adjunct faculty member at Catholic University for the fall of 2018.
Before and during his tenure at STC, Drew has worked as a professional dramaturg with the Roundabout Theatre, the National Theatre of Great Britain, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Baltimore Center Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, the 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. Past collaborators include Michael Kahn, Rebecca Taichman, Ethan McSweeny, Maria Aitken, Jonathan Munby, and Michael Attenborough, Doug Hughes, Mark Lamos, Moisés Kaufman, and Tarell McCraney.
Drew has taught courses 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 numerous times as a responder for the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival, both at a regional and national level, 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. Drew has appeared as a guest on 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, and Contemporary Theatre Review.
He holds an MFA and a DFA in Dramaturgy & Dramatic Criticism from Yale School of Drama.