MAY 11 & 12


With Eleanor Bishop

In this two-day workshop participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of directing – text, character, and story, with a focus on classical text. Taking Chekhov’s The Seagull as our basis for work, we will study text analysis, staging and visual composition and using improvisations to generate detailed character backstories. We will watch each other work on the floor as directors and will work as actors for each other. This course will be useful for emerging directors and directors wishing to go deeper in their work on text and storytelling.

Eleanor Bishop is a writer and director creating feminist theatre, and has been described as “one of New Zealand’s most daring, intelligent, and political directors” (The Theatre Times). Recent works include George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs Warren’s Profession (Auckland Theatre Company 2018), Body Double (created with Julia Croft & Karin McCracken, STAB Commission 2017, Silo Theatre/Auckland Arts Festival 2018) and Jane Doe (Wellington Theatre Award Most Original Production 2018). MFA Directing from Carnegie Mellon University, BA Theatre (Hons) Victoria University of Wellington

Dates: Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 May

Venue: Y&H Rehearsal Rooms – Anvil House, 140 Wakefield Street, Wellington

Cost: $80

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