Des Bennett (Dramaturg) (they/them) is delighted to be making their dramaturgical debut at Central Square Theater! Des is a multi-hyphenated theatre artist, facilitator, and maker dedicated to continued learning, iterative experimentation, and collective care as the framework for their artistic endeavors. Des is also currently serving as the Connectivity Coordinator at CST, and facilitator of CST’s Backstage Book Club. They were a founder and the previous Artistic Director of Reground Theatre Collective, a Boston-based intercollegiate group for emerging artists, dedicated to new play development and performance innovation. Their recent directing work includes My Body Is A Season (SpeakEasy Stage) and Scenes From Metamorphoses (Northeastern University Department of Theater). Des has held Research Assistantships with Dani Snyder-Young PhD on her recent projects, Theatre participation and arts-integrated peer leadership in substance addiction recovery processes (now an NEA funded project) and Digital performance, wellness, and equity, and contributed to the TDR forthcoming article publication, “Procedurally authored performances of mindful practice: Theatre-for-one, audience labor and self-optimization,” (Snyder-Young 2021). Des holds a BA in Theater from Northeastern University, where they were awarded the Blackman Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement in the Art of Theatre (2019).