Director’s Workshop

How to Take a Play from Script to Performance

  • Artist Residency
  • Grades 9-12
  • 5 Sessions x 50 Minutes
  • Up to 20 Students
  • 1000

The Director’s Workshop is an introductory survey of the craft for student directors. Choose five (or more) of the sessions below to cover the knowledge that beginning directors need.

1. Choosing Great Scripts

How do you separate the Good from the Bad and the Ugly? We'll discuss the components of a winning script by reading short plays and evaluating their merits.

2. Acting for Directors

Practice the basic techniques used by skilled actors and discuss ways to use them as you coach your cast.

3. Script Analysis for Dummies

Taking apart a script is vital if you're going to effectively tell its story onstage. Script analysis is one of the most neglected parts of directing, especially at the student level, but the payoff can be enormous.

4. "Where Do I Put My Actors?" (Blocking Basics)

One of the director's first jobs, in collaboration with the actors, is to determine the movement in a play. Here are techniques you can use to create blocking full of dramatic impact.

5. Coaching Actors for Stronger Performances

Have you ever noticed a problem with an actor's work, but not known how to solve it? This class will present an overview of common acting mistakes, and give you tools to fix them.

6. Putting It All Together

Explore the role of the director during the most difficult part of the rehearsal process--the time when you "let go" and turn your baby over to the actors. The way you empower performers during this phase can make or break a production.

7. Sets, Costumes, Props, and You

We'll cover the fundamentals of technical theatre, including basic set design, costume design, and props management.

8. Hands-On Directing

Students will have the opportunity to stage short scenes with their classmates.

$250 is the cost for a single workshop. If you schedule five workshops at the same school during the same academic year, you'll receive a discount which is reflected in the price shown above.


The prices shown above are subject to change. A travel charge applies for destinations outside of a 20-mile radius from our office near downtown Louisville.