Mondays, February 13 through March 22
6:45–9:15 p.m. ET
In-Person: 516 8th Street SE, 3rd Floor Rehearsal Studio
Instructor: Christopher Michael Richardson
Prior experience: Not required
In this follow-up to Directing for the Stage, open to new directors looking for more hands on experience, students will further discover their unique approaches to directing. Explore in detail how to direct a clear and insightful project with more in depth explorations of design and collaboration. Gain more insight into how to actually work as a director while also preparing yourself to get hired. Practical work will include directing a short piece with one or two actors over Zoom, focusing on thematic design ideas, and directing beats and choices to create a virtual piece for your portfolio or catalogue.
Essential Question: As an artist, how do the steps a stage director takes to bring a play to life work practically to build a clear and creative piece of theatre?
Course Objectives: Participants will use the play Everybody by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins to practice using practical steps including preparing a script, designing a space, and working with actors in rehearsal to tell a compelling story to be shared virtually.
Key Knowledge & Skills: How to clarify the narrative of a script; what can be conveyed through design elements; how to support actors in telling the story; how to synthesize all elements of a scene or monologue for sharing in a digital format.
Week One: Review: What a Director Does
Week Two: The Script – Everybody by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Week Three: Understanding the Play and Casting
Week Four: Blocking and Staging
Week Five: Sharing your Scene
Week Six: Sharing and Reflecting
Christopher Michael Richardson is an actor and teaching artist in the Washington, D.C. area. You may have seen him in Assassins at Signature Theatre; Fancy Nancy’s Splendiferous Christmas at Adventure Theatre MTC; You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown at Imagination Stage (Helen Hayes Award, TYA Production); The Wiz at Ford’s Theatre (Helen Hayes Award nomination, Supporting Actor); The Book of Will at Round House Theatre; Our Town and Macbeth at Shakespeare Theatre Company; and Peter and the Starcatcher at Constellation Theatre Company (Helen Hayes Award, Ensemble). He holds a BA in English and Theatre from The College of William & Mary.