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Rachel Ditor

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Rachel Ditor
Rachel Ditor has a fascinating job!  Besides working as a director on various productions around town (for example she directed Merchant of Venice for Bard on the Beach this summer)  she is one of the people working behind the scenes at the Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver.  There, she is a dramaturge.  It's a term I am a little hazy about but in my conversation with Rachel I found out that might be because it's such a wide ranging job.

It can involve working with a playwright from the moment a play is a rough idea, through writing and rewriting, workshopping, and finally production.  Along the way there are many challenges to overcome and a whole lot of creative thinking to be done.

I went to visit Rachel in her office on Granville Island to get a peek behind the scenes and to hear about her very interesting job.  She ushered me into her office, which was filled with neat piles of scripts on the floor and huge shelves of carefully labelled file boxes.


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