WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION Developing a strong directorial concept is the essence to the director's interpretation of the play; expressing a story-driven text correctly to the different players of the mise-en-scene is the key to an artistically unified production. This course will guide the students through a series of practical exercises designed to first explore and define their unique, personal reading of the text, and then find practical ways to convey their concept to actors as well as designers. This course is particularly useful for persons with professional experience in theatre (actors, playwrights, designers, producers) who are interested in taking up direction as well.
WORKSHOP OUTLINE AND SCHEDULE All classes will meet on Mondays from 7-9pm, Pacific Time*. March 1 CLASS 1: The Directorial Concept: What is it for and what does it look like? Reading the text. March 8 CLASS 2: Directing actors I: From Plot to Situation. March 15 CLASS 3: Directing actors II: From Situation to Action. March 29 CLASS 4: Directing designers I: Metaphors and the Language of Design. April 5 CLASS 5: Directing designers II: From Action to Set Design needs. April 12 CLASS 6: Cristal Clear Staging: Bringing it all together into a coherent Universe. *Please note that Monday, March 22 there will be no class. ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR Alberto Lomnitz ranks among Mexico’s most recognized theatre artists. He has directed over fifty professional productions and written over a dozen produced plays –one of which won a Mexican National Dramaturgy Award in 2009. In the last six years, he has had a steady rise of performances as an actor in various productions in theatre, film and television. He has also designed sets, lighting and masks for his own shows as well as for other directors. He is an experienced and appraised teacher of acting, improvisation and directing.
In 1992 he founded “Seña y Verbo”, the renowned Mexican Theatre of the Deaf, acting as Artistic Director of the company until 2017. Other Cultural Management and Production positions held in Mexico include: Artistic Director of the National Theatre Company from 1998-2000; Artistic Director of Mexico’s oldest theatre company, that of the University of Veracruz, in the city of Xalapa, from 2005-13; National Theatre Coordinator – INBA, 2017-18.
FEES US $185.00/6 class workshop $50 fee if cancelled after February 25 Non-refundable after March 1 Scholarships available.
Special discounted price for artists in India 5000 INR entire workshop