Martine Kei Green-Rogers is a graceful wearer of many professional hats. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre where she teaches theatre history and script analysis. She is a dramaturg for several regional theatres. She is an expert on all things Shakespeare. And, luckily for the College of Fine Arts, she can wear these hats simultaneously.
As dramaturg, Professor Green-Rogers defines her role as “keeper of the story. I take the director’s concept and marry it with the text to advocate for the playwright. I make the marriage harmonious.” In addition to dramaturgs serving the director’s vision, they also help designers and directors by performing historical research.
Professor Green-Rogers has worked as dramaturg with the largest regional theatre in the country—the Oregon Shakespeare Festival—since 2007. With this season’s production of William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, Green-Rogers has worked with the Festival to mount the classical work with a Harlem Renaissance twist. See the trailer:
So, how does this marriage look when using a script from the 17th Century and partnering it with 1920s New York? According to Green-Rogers, “It’s a lot of fun. Audiences are eating it up with a spoon!”
Professor Green-Rogers also works closely with the Court Theatre in Chicago, and will for the next six months. In this role, she will lead discussions with the audience. “It’s an interesting dance figuring out the heart of a show,” she said.