Week 10 Theory: Dramaturgy
Dramaturgy is the communication theory that explains the management of everyday life. The theory focuses on a comparison between people living their lives, and actors on a stage. It says that we are all actors in some respects. We act accordingly to the stage you put us on. For example, we will, most likely, act differently at work than how we act at home. At home, we’re probably more relaxed, wear what we want, and behave differently, maybe even more sloppily. At work, we are professional, make small talk, and do our jobs. There’s also this phenomenon some refer to as two sides of a stage. As an actor, you’re either on stage or off, and when you’re off maybe you’re practicing, hanging with fellow actors, or simply reacting to life. Whatever you’re doing, it’s probably different than your on-stage self. For example, if you and your siblings are fighting, but then your parents come home and you’re on your best behavior, this would be an example of two sides of a stage.
My job at LGP is very different than my other jobs, granted one’s a retail gig and the other an event-planning gig. In addition to this, I also am doing photography projects and try to have a life outside of work. All of these positions and jobs have me maintaining different stages, and sometimes those stages collide and overlap. It has been a very interesting summer working such varying jobs whilst maintaining those relationships and trying to work on myself, and my own goals. I’ve found that there’s a lot of two sides of a stage situations with coworkers versus being on my own, or in front of a boss. For example, at Adidas, and really any job, I try not to speak negatively about that job because it just seems like common sense and also because I would like to always try and turn a situation for the better. There’s always a learning experience, but the back room at Adidas is far different than the store front, where you’re forced, and encouraged to be happy, helpful, and efficient. Adidas being such a large company, it’s easy to manage and change sides of a stage easily. At LGP, it’s difficult. We work in one large office, which is essentially a bunch of tables and computers separated in one giant room, and there’s really no space for privacy. There’s no separation of kitchen or eating space. Your desk space is your workspace is your lunch space. It’s all one space, and all one stage. Having one stage at this job, many at Adidas, and many more with the other positions I manage can be inadvertently exhausting, but exciting and interesting at the same time. I’m not sure what stage is next for me, but hopefully it will be just as interesting as this summer’s.