Intermediate Directing

Intermediate Directing

FEB 13 – MAR 22

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

  • Preparation and Text Analysis
  • Blocking and Staging
  • Working with Actors
  • Modification

Week Two: The Script – Everybody by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

  • What is in the script?
  • What are the challenges?

Week Three: Understanding the Play and Casting

  • Recognizing and defining “beats” in your scene
  • What are you curious about exploring with a cast?

Week Four: Blocking and Staging

  • Movement tells a story
  • Giving and receiving in rehearsal

Week Five: Sharing your Scene

  • Exploring your scene with others
  • Insight and Understanding with and audience

Week Six: Sharing and Reflecting

  • What have we discovered?
  • What do we still want to investigate?

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.

Tickets and Schedule

Dates     February 13 – March 22