Suffolk theatre students had the chance to get up close and personal with some of the best in the business when the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) Conference came to Boston from June 26-29.

Literary managers and dramaturgs are the resident researchers on a production, serving an important role in the theatre, opera, and film worlds. According to the LMDA, “dramaturgs contextualize the world of a play [and] establish connections among the text, actors, and audience.”

“We were so pleased to welcome LMDA to Boston and to the Modern Theatre at Suffolk University,” said Marilyn Plotkins, the chair of the Theatre Department. “This conference is a wonderful opportunity to expose our most promising students to national figures and important voices in the field of literary management – an essential part of every major regional theatre today.”

The field of dramaturgy is one that has been gaining popularity among Suffolk University Theatre students, with many taking on dramaturgy internships with partner organizations at the Modern Theatre. Several Suffolk students attended the conference alongside their professors.

The Keynote Address took place at Suffolk University’s Modern Theatre on June 26. Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Wesley Morris delivered a keynote address on how the power of the observer, the witness, and the critical voice can shape the future of our culture. Morris is a staff writer at Grantland and was previously a film critic at The Boston Globe.

“We were thrilled to bring together great minds from around the world to help build the future of our field,” said LMDA President Vicki Stroich. “The ideas and conversations that happened in Boston will trigger great work around the world.”