Mondays, February 7 through March 14
Instructor: Samantha Wyer Bello
Prior Experience: Prior experience with directing for the stage will be helpful; familiarity with theatre recommended.
Gather useful tools and stimulate your creativity for forging a path through the preparation, rehearsal and production process as a director. This course, Directing for the Stage, is open to new directors, actors of all levels, and those with a literary interest. Students will discover their unique approaches to directing from the first production meeting to opening night through discussions and exercises in text analysis, creating staging, production ideas and clear storytelling.
Samantha Wyer Bello, STC’s Senior Director of Engagement and Education
Years Teaching with STC: 10
Directing Website: SamanthaWyerBello.com
Directing Highlights: To Kill a Mockingbird, I Am My Own Wife, Noises Off!, and Wetback by Elaine Romero
Why I Teach: “What a joy it is to share ideas and thoughts with a group of artists as students that are in an exploration of how they stage stories for others. Each class is unique to those in the room – online or a shared space.”
What Her Students Say: “Anyone who is considering this class absolutely should. I would never have been able to take a class with Samantha, since we are on opposite sides of the states. But thanks to this online class, I started to connect and meet with like-minded students, while also learning some amazing skills.”
Samantha Wyer Bello is the Senior Director of Engagement and Education at Shakespeare Theatre Company. For STC, Ms. Bello directed Will on the Hill 2020 and Will on the Hill 2021, readings of Ada and the Engine, The Ruby Sunrise, A Number, Proof, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Arcadia, R.U.R., and Miss Evers’ Boys in partnership with the National Academy of Sciences. She also created/adapted STC’s A Mini-Summer Night’s Dream and The Tiny Tempest. Previously, she served as Associate Artistic Director for Arizona Theatre Company. Ms. Bello has directed for Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Childsplay, Inc., Voice and Vision – NY, Playwright’s Center, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, and Edinburgh Fringe in Scotland. Ms. Bello has been a grants panelist and guest speaker for arts organizations including DC Commission on Arts and Humanities and Theatre Communications Group and has taught and directed for Brescia University, University of Missouri, Arizona State University, and University of Arizona. Ms. Wyer received her MFA in Acting/Directing at University of Missouri and is a proud member of SDC.