Last semester, Sonoma State student Celine Delcayre gave a presentation on her dramaturgical work on Bad Penny at the scholarship awards ceremony. Working on this production began to open up theatrical doors for her.
After winning at the regional level in February for her work on the SSU production of Bad Penny, Delcayre attended the National Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Washington D.C. last April as one of eight regional winners from across the country.
"I had just spent the most amazing week attending workshops with the other regional winners, all talented and wonderful people, and that experience alone was incredibly rewarding and inspiring," she said.
The festival involves 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide, which has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States.
In addition to workshops, the festival gave Delcayre the opportunity to meet literary managers and artistic directors from major east coast theaters.
After a week of what she calls an "invaluable learning experience," Delcayre was awarded the national title for student dramaturgy and, as the national winner, she will be attending the renowned O'Neill Playwrights Conference as a dramaturgy fellow this summer in Connecticut.
The O'Neill Playwrights Conference is an annual gathering that strives to create a supportive environment for new playwrights. Since its inception, the conference has developed more than 600 plays. Delcayre will now be a part of this legacy.
"For the most part I will be working with the dramaturg on one or more of this year's selected plays," Delcayre said. She will be working on entirely new productions.
"My favorite part about dramaturgy for new plays is that you get to participate in the development process of work that might continue to be produced for years to come," she said. "I think one of the great things about theatre is its ability to change and evolve over time and I want to be a part of that constant process of discovery."
During her time at Sonoma State, Delcayre dramaturged three productions at SSU, the most recent being Dylan Waite's new play, The Seance. She was also in some of the fall and spring dance shows, served as treasurer for the Stage One (the theatre club on campus) and publicity chair of the Management Club.
Describing herself as enthusiastic and driven, Delcayre is passionate about her work in theatre. She graduated in May with two degrees, a B.A. in Theatre Studies and a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in management.
Looking forward to the future, her summer as a dramaturgy fellow is only the beginning.
"My passion is in the development and advocacy of new work in theatre," she said. "I would love to have a position as literary manager or resident dramaturg, but I also have aspirations to be the artistic director of my own company."