Directing Essentials

THE ESSENTIALS is an expanded series of workshops and seminars developed to explore best practices and changing realities for stage directors and theatermakers, offering vital tools for artists to succeed. THE ESSENTIALS bundle includes participant access with full interactivity, all class guides and exercises, and personal communication with the session leader and others, across eight sessions:

The Other Side of the Table: Audition Techniques for Directors

Session 1: Feb 5, 2021 | 7pm - 9pm
Session 2: Feb 12, 2021 | 7pm - 9pm 

Developed from interviews with dozens of acclaimed directors, agents, and casting directors, Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks will lead participants in techniques to reveal unconscious biases, and offer pathways to ensure your production is inclusive, equitable, and diverse.

Standing Ap(art): Personal Brand Marketing for Directors & Creatives

Session 1: March 11, 2021 | 6pm-8pm;

Session 2: March 18, 2021 | 15-minute scheduled personal materials consultation

Associate Artistic Director Nilan and freelance director Emily Lyon will reveal strategies and tips on websites, resumes, social media and connectivity to support you and your art.


Text Analysis for Directors & Creatives

Session 1: May 8, 2021 | 10am - 1pm
Session 2: May 9, 2021 | 10am - 1pm 

Back by popular demand, Text Analysis for Directors & Creatives is a hands-on seminar by Sarah Wansley designed for directors looking to explore and refresh their process or artists who are interested in directing, with a goal to develop their own rigorous approach to effectively analyze scripts and articulate vision.

The Art of the Pitch: Sharing Your Vision as a Director

Session 1: May 18, 2021 | 6pm-8pm
Session 2: June 2, 2021 | Scheduled private pitch session

Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks and a community of directors will share their experiences and findings pitching to gatekeepers across the regional, commercial, and international scenes. The Drama League has been a leader in this training with their acclaimed Directors Project, which has been developing the careers of directors for nearly 40 years.