Dramokratija festival




In the begining there was a word.
And every word is important for Dramokratija!
The drama is international.
Story is not only drama and drama is not only the story.
Here anyone can create drama.
Bcause the drama is alive.
The path to the drama is based on words.
(dramatic pause)
You got the right to drama,
So don’t be afraid to spill the ink!


DRAMOKRATIJA is a democratic play reading festival organized by playwrights themselves. It is a place to read plays, analyze them and present to the public. By any means to all the participants the most important is the process, not the result. This festival not only invites people to the theatre, but also brings the theatre to people by gathering in various non-theatrical spaces in Vilnius, such as bars, night clubs, galleries, beauty parlours, where the fourth wall dividing the audience and the readers could be eliminates.


The festival has been initiated as an educational-practical assignment of Playwright course by Gabrielė Labanauskaitė at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Gabrielė sought to share the results of student playwriting in public and draw attention to the contemporary Lithuanian dramaturgy. Not only did she manage to establish a creative space for communication, culture and learning outside the Academy, but also helped the festival to go international and inspired the alumni of Theatre and Cinema studies to successfully continue the organization of this annual event.

Special thanks to Indrė Bručkutė, Živilė Zablackaitė, Irena Kunevičiūtė, Mantas Rimkus and others!

DRAMOKRATIJA is built entirely on the democratic principle, so it has no traditional theatre hierarchy and fosters the idea of people picking the play, the idea over the names or other priorities.

The festival is libertine, DYI creative lab, composed of three parts: pre-scheduled playwriting workshop, gathering of playwrights, actors and directors for the improvement of a written play and representation readings at the non-traditional venues of Vilnius. Creative workshops have already lured the members of the international playwright community and were delivered by such inspirations as German dramatist Theresia Walser, Russian screenwriter and playwright Michail Durnekov, British playwright Chris Thorpe and Swedish dramatist and director AnnaLiza Hertzberg.

🎭Anyone interested in the contemporary dramaturgy can read the plays on DRAMOKRATIJA websitewww.dramokratija.en

Book Dramatika



“Dramatika” is the very first Lithuanian book thoroughly representing the evolution of drama and examining the process of creating a drama narrative. This book encompasses the issues of drama’s composition, style and fundamental structural elements.

DRAMATIKA MONOGRAFIJAPhotography: dramokratija.lt
Narrative construction trends in contemporary dramaturgy are also studied in this monograph by analysing over a hundred works by modern dramaturgs. The texts analysed in the book are understood as a complete whole of stories and ideas, where special attention is focused on the character’s spoken expression and its forms. Understanding that it is important to analyse new examples of Lithuanian dramaturgy and to compare them to trends in foreign drama, the author of the book also researches the texts of contemporary Lithuanian playwrights.
In the monograph Gabrielė Labanauskaitė managed to bind the levels of theoretical and practical research: provided insights are being verified or illustrated with particular dramatic solutions right on the spot.
Theathrologist Jurgita Staniškytė comments that the chosen way of constructing the text is helpful to a reader, because it highlights the concepts of drama theory, illustrates their meanings and serves as source of information, which explains the creative tools of contemporary drama, unveils and clarifies the conflicted forms of a modern drama narrative and and indicates their historic continuity.
Monograph “Dramatika” is innovative for its multifaceted application of the author’s experience-methodology on dramas she is creating herself. The author also highlights that even though Lithuania has longžstanding theatre traditions, there was and still is the lack of attention to theatre dramaturgy and a professional analysis of its works.
Inspiration to write a book came not only from the scientific British Library books read at one of the largest libraries in the world, but also the lack of such literature in Lithuania. The author’s personal quest to find answers to questions regarding contemporary dramaturgy, writing texts for the stage, participating in stage productions, discussions and workshops have all contributed to the contents of this monograph.

📖 Monography “Dramatika” with the authograph can be purchased directly from the author Gabrielė Labanauskaitė[email protected]