Miriam Weiner (associate member)
Miriam is the Literary Manager at the Tony Award–winning off-Broadway company Vineyard Theatre as well as a freelance director and dramaturg. UNDER THE WEATHER, a climate-comedy web series that Miriam co-wrote and directed, won Best Screenplay Award at the Brooklyn Web Festival and has screened around the world from Germany to Sicily. In 2015 Miriam served as the dramaturg for a workshop production of Bruce Hornsby's new musical, SCKBSTD, at Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA. Miriam has been a reader for The Horton Foote Prize, The Yale Musical Theatre Workshop, The Jewish Plays Project, and The Princess Grace Awards. She is currently a professor at the Tepper Semester, Syracuse University Department of Drama. She holds an MFA in directing from Brooklyn College and a BA from Brandeis University.
"Miriam Weiner has the uncanny ability to say the perfect thing, the insight that cracks the play open, the comment that provides the bridge to the next part of the conversation. Her dramaturgical expertise is rooted not only in the canon that’s come before, but also the plays being produced today and what’s on the cusp of the next horizon."
—Krista Knight, playwright
"Miriam is one of the smartest dramaturgs I’ve ever worked with. She gets to the root of a story immediately. When we worked together she asked all the right questions, sending me in directions I had not imagined and causing me to make much more interesting choices. And on top of that she’s just a great, positive energy to have in a room."
—Joe Calarco, director
How I explain dramaturgy to my extended family/high school friends/civilians:
A dramaturg is anyone who you feel comfortable talking through your ideas with and being challenged by including friends, spouses, family, and creative colleagues. Hiring someone to do the job just means that you can count on him/her to keep listening and responding!
Most interesting non-theater job I've done:
I founded and managed my neighborhood's community supported agriculture (CSA), so I got to spend a lot of time around fresh vegetables.
A great book I read recently:
Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking by Anya von Bremzen. Guys, it's not a cookbook.
Three recent theater shows that I loved (but wasn’t involved in):
Fun Home, Hamilton, Angel Reapers
A nostalgic theater experience from childhood/adolescence:
Rehearsing the school play every day after school in high school. Not really sure what we were accomplishing on a daily basis but it always worked out in the end.
Favorite script-reading/artist meeting spot:
I love reading scripts on the subway when I have a seat because I can really focus when I'm surrounded by all that white noise. But to actually talk about a play with an artist? I like a real-deal coffee shop.