Improvisation  – A Director’s Best Friend

I direct a lot of new plays, many of them by fledgling writers, and often various aspects of character development have remained in the head of the writer, and are not yet on the page. Or sometimes the character is on the page, but not yet sufficiently specific. When this happens, I use improvisation to answer questions like the…

The Artistic Diaspora

In August of 2015, I will put all my belongings in storage in Staten Island, and buy a car and begin a one-year artistic journey I am calling “Caesura: An Art Tinker’s Journey.” I’ll stay with friends and collaborate with them on art projects. I’ll be a muse, a dramaturge, an editor, a coach –…

#Women in Theater

I just read Theresa Rebeck’s article “Broadway in Review” in the recent special issue of The Dramatist. It’s concise, clear and to the point – and one of the fine points she makes is that women are grossly under-represented on Broadway – on the page and on the stage. Yet I am currently curating the…

Recommendation: The Actor’s Fear: Why it is Necessary by Robert Neal

http://www.howlround.com/the-actor-s-fear-why-is-it-necessary?utm_source=HowlRound.com%27s+Email+Communications&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2888e42db0-DAILY_RSS_EMAIL&utm_term=0_9ac5709e38-2888e42db0-45172181  The Actor’s Fear: Why it is Necessary  Robert Neal May 2, 2014 Half hour has just been called and I’m filled with dread. I’m looking for a window to jump out of. I go into the restroom and lean over the toilet. The dry heaves relieve the tension, but only until the fifteen minute…