Friday
Oct122012

PIPPIN

I'm beginning my second Drama League assistant directing assignment. PIPPIN for the A.R.T. directed by Diane Paulus!

Click below for a blurb on Playbill.com and BroadwayWorld.com:

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday
Oct012012

Don't Go Gentle mentioned on Playbill.com

Read the lastest press release featuring MCC's Don't Go Gentle playwright, Stephen Belber. Click below:

 

And then make a plan to go and see Don't Go Gentle now playing at the Lucille Lortel Theatre -- playing now until November 4th, 2012. Click below for more info:

Friday
Sep212012

Drama League Fall Directing Blog: Actors!

 

Actors are creative athletes

Tomorrow we begin the tech process for Don’t Go Gentle for MCC theatre. It’s been a rigorous and productive process in the rehearsal room. I’m looking forward to seeing the play get introduced to the theatre space. While watching the final run-through today, I took a couple of glances at the actors sitting on the side. At one point I noticed them gazing with a joyful focus at their colleagues who were acting in scenes. Later on in the run, I spotted an actor with head tilted forward, preparing to go on for their next acting moment. I will never cease to be amazed by the skill and craft of a great actor. I liken actors to a breed of athlete. A creative athlete. Great acting demands concentration, commitment, and physical exertion as well as personal excavation -- all of that devoted to the craft of storytelling. It requires tenacious effort to be aware of your self but not be self-conscious, and to act with conviction while being open to a spontaneous inspiration. And the end effect is like a ballet dancer who spends hours perfecting a dance in order to make it look so easy and natural. A good actor makes the expression of language, whether it’s explosive or tacit, seem effortless and essential.

Admittedly, the reason I go to see theatre is to see an interesting story and to see actors onstage sharing their craft. It's like watching a baker put the final details of icing on a cake...it's hypnotizing. Yes, I love to see the sets, lights, costumes, props and make-up and hear the music and sounds, and see the staging too. But today, at least until the next time I’m in a rehearsal room, today I got to savor the rawness of a company of unadorned actors expressing text and telling a story. And it was sweet heaven.

What I learned: I learned something about devotion. Not to be simply devoted to the overall craft of theatre making, but to be devoted to the moment at hand. Actors understand that you can't act the whole play all at once. They commit all of their focus to one sentence, to one word, a touch, a breath or a glance. And the accumulation of all of those acts of commitment creates the larger arc of a story. It's about devoting myself to each moment until it passes, and I’m in the next moment. And all of those moments will create the arc of my life.

Thursday
Aug232012

Drama League Fall Directing Blog

My latest Drama League blog is up and posted. It's titled Nothing Goes To Waste. In it, I share a little discovery I made about how I used to view myself and my artistry.

Click below to check it out!

Friday
Jul202012

July DCN - Panel Discussion - Developing Musicals

 
On Monday, July 23 from 6:00 - 7:15pm at NYMF I will be a part of a panel discussion on Developing Musicals with Stafford Arrima in discussion with Karen Azenberg. It is a part of the Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers Foundation. 

 
Topics covered in this conversation will include assembling a team, developing work at NYMF and other festivals, driving a project forward, key artistic elements throughout the development process, and realistic goals for what can be accomplished artistically at different stages of the process.  There will be time for questions from attendees. The discussion will be audiorecorded for future podcast through the SDCF’s Masters of the Stage on AmericanTheatreWing.org.

 
When: Monday, July 23, 6:00 - 7:15pm
Where: NYMF,  330 W 42 Street