Snow Camp Roundup

December 28, 2013Directing, theater

Last week, Will Davis and I got together again to run a week-long workshop for directors at the Strand Theater in Baltimore, Maryland. We were invited by Elissa Goetschius, the incoming Artistic Director of The Strand, who not only organized all the logistics of the week, she also participated in the workshop, AND faithfully tweeted our many … Read More

Increasing Participation in Theater

December 4, 2013theater

I have been thinking about the recent NEA audience figures and declining attendance. I think it is time for us to take a step back and examine ways in which theater institutions can change or create new programs that could address these declines. Most theater institutions see that their primary job is to be a … Read More

A week of Theater Director Training

August 12, 2013Directing, theater

Last week, I had the excellent good fortune to run a directing intensive with Will Davis during the NNPN Conference, at the Kennedy Center, in Washington DC. I had a marvelous time and I wanted share some thoughts about the experience. Where did it come from? The impetus for the Kennedy Center Directing Intensive came out … Read More

Effective Assistant Directing

July 29, 2013theater

Directors Intensive #1 This week, Will Davis and I are running a “Directing Intensive” at the Kennedy Center, as part of the National New Play Network’s MFA Playwrights Workshop. We have been blessed with a marvelous group of people and I am having so much fun talking about craft, theory and practice of directing. Over … Read More

No more solo geniuses

December 19, 2012theater

I think that the most interesting aspect of this article is that it’s a celebration of “creative teams” and the work that they to create together. It gives me hope that we’re moving beyond the solo romantic genius idea and further towards the acceptance that excellent theater is the result of collaborative teams.     ‘Einstein’ and ‘Dog … Read More

Theater and Nations

December 16, 2012theater

“The theatre is one of the most expressive and useful instruments for building up a country, it is the barometer of its greatest or decline. An intelligent theatre, well orientated in all its branches … can change the sensibility of people within a few years; a disintegrated theatre, with clumsy hooves instead of wings, can … Read More