Stage Directors: Giving Actors an Environment for Success

Are you creating a positive environment for your actors?

Too often directors work against their actors rather than working with them by creating an atmosphere where they believe that they can succeed. Perhaps one of the most important attributes that a successful director possesses is the ability to instill

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3 Stage Directing Tips to Use When You’re Stuck

There are simple ways for director's to solve problematic moments.

It happens to every director whether they’re a neophyte, a mid-career professional, or a sage veteran. At some point in time, you will find yourself stymied by the fact that you can’t seem to connect with an actor on a

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Directing Actors: Creating Contagious Confidence in Performers

Directors can help actors gain confidence by giving them their undivided attention.

Acting is not an easy job and just about any actor, no matter what their level of training and accomplishment may be, has insecurities that can undermine their success. One of the things that a director can do is instill

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Stage Directing: Allowing Actors to Use Physical/ Emotional Distance

Physical and emotional distance between mother and son in William's The Glass Menagerie.

If you direct students at any level, community members, and/or professionals, you want to give them all the power they possibly can possess on stage. However, many times directors undercut their actors without realizing they are doing so. Often this

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Working with Student Actors: Geometry Can Help Them be More Effective On Stage

How can you add variety in staging?

If you are a teacher or drama director working with school students, then you have your work cut out for you. When directing a school or after-school play with those in primary or secondary grades drama directors must spent a

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Directing Students Actors- Opening Up Your Student Actors

Is it fun?

When working with young actors in a primary and secondary school setting drama teachers and directors can find that it’s a major chore to get them to open up to an audience. Often young actors will work against themselves on

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Advanced Directing Technique: Insights for Actors through Storytelling, Part II

Directors need to help actors connect.

In the first installment of this two-part series on Insights for Actors through Storytelling, I discussed why and how I developed this directorial technique. We also considered the foundation elements that are a part of this directing method. It’s interesting

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Advanced Directing Technique: Insights for Actors through Storytelling, Part I

Storytelling helps actors relate to the script, their characters and other characters.

Over the years I’ve directed my share of professional and university productions. Recently, I was working on a production of Steel Magnolias. It was an Actors Equity production and all of the actresses were professionals, many with more than 20

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