I believe that a director should have very clear, very specific opinions about the play - and be able to articulate those to their cast and design team. This "vision" for the play should be original and inspired, and it should be crafted with along with the rest of your creative team. Designers are an incredible source of inspiration and they are generative artists in their own right. Gone are the days of hierarchical directors - I hope. I believe a director should trust their actors, designers, and crew to do their work without being micro-managed. I try to always give careful, constructive, tactful feedback to my actors - because it matters. I believe that my job is to illuminate the play - not impose some external "truth" onto the play. Essentially - I'm just supplying the perspective of the audience. I love working with playwrights and collaborating with them in the room - because their words are the whole reason we're all working.
Current Directing Gigs Include:
- This Fall (2018) I'll be directing "The Laramie Project" at North Central College for the 20th Anniversary of Matthew Shepard's death.
- "Through the Elevated Line" by Novid Parsi for Silk Road Rising. This show ran through mid-April 2018.
- I recently directed "The Flick" at North Central College. The show opened in April 2018.
- In the Spring 2019 - I'll direct "Spring Awakening" at North Central College.