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Talya Kingston

Lecturer | Dramaturgy

Talya Kingston, UMass Amherst Department of Theater

BA (hons) University of Stirling, Scotland
MFA University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Talya Kingston is a dramaturg, playwright and educator with a particular investment in new play development and theatre for social change.  She is the Associate Artistic Director at WAM Theatre (Where Arts and Activism Meet) and the North-East Region VP for the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA).  

She has taught dramaturgy and dramatic literature courses at: Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Capital Community College and has held the positions of Education Director at Hartford Stage and of Educational Programs Coordinator at the New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco. Talya is originally from Britain and returned for five recent summers to co-teach the UMass course at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 

Talya’s writing on theatre has appeared in Scene Magazine, Theater JournalThe Moving VoiceEuropean Stages, HowlRound, and the Valley Advocate. Her professional dramaturgy credits include: Lady Randy (WAM Theatre),  Necessary Targets (Hartford Stage/Variety Arts Theatre), Helmet (the New York Fringe Festival), an immersive production of The Lonely Soldier Project by Helen Benedict, Seriously… What Did You Call Me? written and performed by Onawumi Jean Moss (Ko Festival) and Late Style, a stage adaptation of conversations between Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim featuring performances by members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.