The Playwright in Research-Based Theatre: Exploring the Role of the Playwright

  • Donnard Mackenzie
  • George Belliveau


This article examines a playwright’s approach to developing Naming the Shadows, a play based on research data generated from an elementary classroom’s journey of preparing and presenting an adapted version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Using a dialogue format between the playwright and the original researcher, the authors investigate critical moments and decisions made during the playwright’s process. The dialogue between the authors also proposes that a playwright’s quest of working towards artistic goals also offers another integral level of data analysis.