The subTEXT Approach

Theatre. Film. Podcasts. Music. Virtual Environments.

subTEXT is… dedicated to your story. To eradicating post-dramaturgy trauma. To building context and meaning across all media through research, conversation, and enquiry.

subTEXT dramaturgs are experienced professionals with broad interests across multiple industry backgrounds, based in major theatre cities across North America.

Projects are tailored to your needs and budget, with personalized consultation to establish your project plans, and maintains a vibrant intern program to work to train the next generation of dramaturgs in the subTEXT style.

subTEXT is… whatever you need it to be.

The subTEXT Team

Toby Malone
Toby Malone


An Australian-Canadian academic, playwright, and dramaturg, Toby Malone holds a PhD in Shakespearean textual analysis and dramaturgy from the University of Toronto and a BA (Hons) in English from the University of Western Australia. He has worked as a theatre artist in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States, with companies including Stratford Festival of Canada, the Canadian Stage Company, Soulpepper Theatre, Driftwood Theatre Group, the Shaw Festival, Poorboy Theatre Scotland, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/BTA Films, and Kill Shakespeare Entertainment. Toby is an active member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, is the Region 2 Dramaturgy Coordinator for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, and is a founding partner in Entertainment Engineering Collective. He has published articles in Shakespeare Survey, Literature/Film Quarterly, Canadian Theatre Review, Borrowers and Lenders, appears in published collections with Routledge, Cambridge, and Oxford, and has published a monograph on ‘War Horse’ with Palgrave Macmillan. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Dramaturgy, Theatre History, and Criticism in the Theatre Department at the State University of New York at Oswego.

    TJ Parker Young
    TJ Young


    TJ Young is a Texas-born award-winning playwright and dramaturg based in Pittsburgh where he serves as co-representative for the Dramatists Guild – Pittsburgh region. His plays include DARK SKINNED PAVEMENT (2020 Inkslinger Award Winner), NO. 6 (2017 Harold and Mimi Steinberg Award Winner – KCACTF), LYON’S DEN (2018 Harold and Mimi Steinberg Distinguished Play Winner), RUBY’S BABY BLUE (2016 John Cable Short Play Regional Selection- KCACTF), HELL IS EMPTY (2017 John Cable Short Play Regional Selection – KCACTF), HALLMARK (TETA Playfest 10-minute Winner), CUPID, and THE FRONTLINES. He is the 2019 Spotlight Artist of Throughline Theatre Company in Pittsburgh, PA. He has performed dramaturgical work for Texas State Black and Latino Playwrights Conference, City Theatre's Young Playwrights Festival, and several other individual artists. Young is an educator in the Pittsburgh area, having worked at Westminster College, Point Park University, and as a teaching artist with City Theater and Quantum Theater. He received his MFA in Dramatic Writing from Texas State University. He is also the NPP Vice-Chair for Region 2 of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. He holds a current membership with LMDA.

      Patrick Mathis


      A Georgia based designer, programmer, and academic, Patrick holds an MFA in Theatre Design and Technologies from Utah State University and a BS in Information Science and Technology from Mercer University. They have worked in theatre and live entertainment across the nation and internationally in the areas of technical theatre, as well as lighting and media design. Patrick currently serves as Visiting Assistant Professor of Lighting Design, and designer in residence at the State University of New York at Oswego. Outside of their academic and theatre focused work, Patrick is the founder and CTO of the Entertainment Engineering Collective. A group of international artists focused on bringing streaming and media support to emergent artists and theatre companies. Patrick is a proud partner and tech specialist at subTEXT Solutions Dramaturgy and a member of CITT/ICTS, USITT, and Actors Equity.

        Neil Wechsler


        Neil Wechsler is a playwright, filmmaker, and mixed media artist based in Buffalo, NY. He won the 2008 Yale Drama Award for his play Grenadine, which was selected by Edward Albee and published by Yale University Press. He has worked as a writer, director, dramaturg, and educator in a variety of media. His plays include The Brown Bull of Cuailnge, Ysbaddaden, and an adaptation of Ibsen’s Emperor and Galilean, and have been produced and taught in the United States and Canada. He wrote and directed Orphans of Elsinore, a triptych film that was the subject of a course in Digital Arts Communication at the University of Waterloo in 2019. He was the Executive Director of Against the Grain Theater Festival in Buffalo, an educational playwriting company, from 2014 to 2017. He was Artistic Segal Center Research Scholar in 2014, Silversides Theatre Artist at the University of Waterloo in 2016, and Artist-in-Residence for the Creative Arts Initiative at the University at Buffalo in 2016-17. Neil has spoken about playwriting and literature at high schools and colleges across the United States. He graduated from Yale University with distinction in Philosophy and Psychology.

          Meg Logue


          Meg Logue is a Toronto-based, award-winning educator, vocalist, and musical dramaturg. She has worked as a performer and vocal engineer in both Canada and Australia, and past credits have included work with the West Australian Opera Company, Barking Gecko Theatre, Effie Crump Theatre, Shakespearience, Class Act Theatre, the Blue Room, St. Lawrence Stage Company, and Young People’s Theatre, and was vocal director and musical co-arranger for the original professional production of the award-winning 'Evil Dead: the Musical.'  Meg has twelve years teaching experience with the Toronto District School Board, as well as extensive background as a vocal, instrumental, and drama instructor.  She holds a Bachelor of Music from Queen’s University at Kingston (where she co-founded the Queen’s Student Opera Company) and a Bachelor of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

            Athan Marzen


            Athan Marzen is a Rochester NY based Sound and media designer with a sprinkle of stage management mixed in. He is currently in his senior year at SUNY Oswego studying Theatre with a concentration is design and production and is working towards his minor in audio production and design. He is currently the sound designer for SUNY Oswego’s production of Dog Sees God, and the lighting designer for the departments Tech Showcase.

              Sam Mercury


              Sam Mercury is a Kitchener, Ontario based playwright, actor, and overall emerging artist. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (with Distinction) in Theater and Performance from the University of Waterloo, where she was given the Lloy Coutts Acting Award in 2018. Sam is currently working on her first full play titled "Biracial Feelings," which aims to explore and define the biracial experience, and what it's like to live caught between two contrasting cultures.