Tuesday, August 17, 2004

TheatrePEI’s Introduction to Directing Workshop

This six week workshop is for people who are or will be directing in a play.

The principle concept we will be discussing is collaboration.  Once the director can find the words to communicate what s/he wants in language that stimulates designers, actors, stage managers and producers, the idea directs the thoughts and dreams of everyone involved.  Everyone has a talent - it is a matter of finding it and releasing it. This search and release is the job of the director.  This workshop will lead you to find the words to express your ideas and activate the talents and energies of the many collaborators in the community required to create a successful play.  Starting with how we choose a play, through casting, design and acting rehearsals, this workshop covers each of the collaboration a director must undertake in the rehearsal process.

McIntosh developed this workshop a result of a collaboration with the Northern Alberta teachers Association five years ago.  He has since given it annually at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto, Theatre Ontario Summer classes at Brock University and the Bermuda Music and Dramatic Society in Hamilton, Bermuda in November of 2003.

Instructor: Duncan McIntosh

Dates: Tuesday nights, 7 to 10 PM, September 28th to November 2nd inclusive

Location: Basilica Recreation Centre, 200 Richmond Street, Charlottetown

Workshop Fee: $100.00 for TheatrePEI members, $125.00 for non-members

Class size is limited; preregistration is recommended.  Contact TheatrePEI for more information or to register at 894-3558 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Instructor Duncan McIntosh has been the Artistic Director of The Charlottetown Festival, The Citadel Theatre and Theatre Plus Toronto. He has founded the Academy of the Shaw Festival, The Citadel Teachers& Students Clubs and The Theatre Camp at the Charlottetown Festival. He created the Prince Edward Island Conservatory this summer. It will return from July 16 - August 6, 2005.

He has been resident director at the Canadian Film Centre and the Canadian Opera Company. He has also been a guest director at many theatre faculties at Universities and Colleges in Canada. He has won fifteen awards for his direction of new plays in Canada, the United States and internationally. Recently, he created large theatrical events celebrating creativity with Lily Tomlin, Phillipe Starck, Joni Mitchell and J.K. Rowling.

McIntosh is presently the Co-Executive Director of a performance documentary about Anne of Green Gables- The Musical and was director / dramaturge for the new opera, The Hobbit, at the Canadian Opera Company Children’s Chorus. Currently, McIntosh is directing a new production of Cricket on the Hearth for Theatre New Brunswick to debut this Christmas.

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