For Directors Only: Working with Actors and Other Challenges

This title is meant partially tongue-in-cheek, but as with stereotypes, there’s a bit of truth to it.  There are some very positive bits of advice to be given on the subject of how to work with beginners, how to work with actors whose brain works differently than your own, how to address nervous tics, etc.  But every director encounters what feel like “problems”, and some of them are, in fact, actor-driven.  The problems are worth talking about, too, because knowing what might come at you can help you to think on your feet.

Some of the topics we’ll cover:

  • toning down the scenery-chewing actor
  • when your actors can’t speak loud enough/get angry enough
  • making the tech rehearsal as easy as possible — for everyone
  • handling the actor who tries to direct the play
  • making last minute creative changes (because you’re forced to)
  • protecting your actors’ egos
  • delivering criticism constructively and gently

Bring your own experiences/questions to workshop!  This can run anywhere between 60 and 90 minutes, depending on your own needs.


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