Theater, Musicals, Opera and The Bechdel Test

January 31, 2015Uncategorized

I woke up early this morning, and while idly thinking about season planning and scene selection for acting classes, I wondered if there were any plays that passed the Bechdel Test. A quick google led me to realize that there wasn’t a database of passing plays, like there are for movies. And so I set … Read More

Sharing the Process

February 26, 2014technology, Uncategorized

I’ve been leading and developing a new project at the EMERGE residency in Plainsfield Massachusetts, and I’d like to share some images of the work-in-progress.  I’ve always been fascinated by the process of development that a devised project goes through on it’s way to full production.  I’ve collected some images of the rehearsal process that … Read More

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

An Opera Application

November 25, 2013technology

On a recent visit to the Met, I was thinking about super-titles and their back-of-seat titling system. And I idly wondered if the same technology would be possible on our smartphones. As part of a “Make a Thing A Day Project,” I decided to create a mockup for an iphone (or ipad) app for opera … 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

A week at the O’Neill

July 28, 2013Uncategorized

I just spent a week workshopping Michael Yates Crowley’s play Evanston: A Rare Comedy, at the National Playwrights Conference in the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in New London Connecticut. It was a such a pleasure to spend an entire week in a room working with a playwright, actors, designers and a crack team of dramaturges … 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