Mondays, January 25 through March 8 (No Class on President’s Day, February 15)

Instructor: Samantha Wyer Bello
Prior Experience: Prior experience with directing not required; familiarity with theatre recommended.

Immerse yourself in understanding the rehearsal and production process from the professional director’s point of view. In this crash course on directing for the stage, 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, staging scenes, and creating or critiquing production concepts and designs. 

Samantha Wyer Bello, STC Senior Director of Engagement and Education
Last Seen Directing: Ada and The Engine by Lauren Gunderson, a staged reading at the National Academy of Sciences for Shakespeare Theatre Company
Directing Highlights: A Moon for the Misbegotten, I Am My Own Wife, Noises Off! and Wetback by Elaine Romero
Why I Teach: “I’m intrigued by the exploration process: to activate creativity and those SPARK moments of truth in the art of storytelling through art.”
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.”

From the Syllabus:

Week One: The Role of the Director

  • Who we are; why we’re here; what we love
  • Defining terms
  • Starting on the journey

Week Two: Preparation: The World of the Play and Interpreting the Blueprint

  • What is in the script?
  • A conversation with designers

Week Three: Understanding the Play and Casting

  • Recognizing and defining “beats”
  • What are you looking for in a cast?

Week Four: Blocking and Staging

  • Movement tells a story
  • Giving and receiving in rehearsal

Week Five: Working and Modification of the Piece

  • Layering Design
  • Improvement steps to Opening

Week Six: Sharing and Reflecting

  • What have we discovered?
  • What do we still want to investigate?


January 25–March 8

Education Classes and Camps
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