The Mind of a Director: Approach, Think and Talk About Theatrical Text as a Director
Instructor: Bridget O’Leary
Starting January 29, 2018
5 Mondays from 10:00-11:30
Biosketch: Bridget Kathleen O’Leary is the Associate Artistic Director at the New Rep Theatre, a professional theater in Watertown.
In that role, she helps review and select plays for New Rep’s season, is involved in casting, serves as dramaturg, and is involved in New Rep’s education programs, among many other responsibilities. She is an active director at New Rep and elsewhere and is a part-time lecturer at Tufts and Northeastern Universities.
For New Rep she has directed productions of Blackberry Winter, Scenes from an Adultery, Pattern of Life, Lungs, Fully Committed, Collected Stories (Elliot Norton Nomination, Best Production 2012), DollHouse (Elliot Norton Nomination, Best Production, 2011), boom, and other plays. She has numerous directing credits at other theaters, including Grand Concourse at Speakeasy Stage Company, Othello at Actors' Shakespeare Project (2015), The Flick, Gloucester Stage (2015), The Other Place, Central Square Theatre, The Boys of Winter (IRNE Nomination, Best New Play, 2008) for BKS productions and Reconsidering Hanna(h), and The Devil’s Teacup (IRNE Nomination, Best New Play, 2007) at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre.
Course Description: The director’s job begins long before the first rehearsal, or even the first design meeting. Over the course of five sessions participants will have the opportunity to get into the mindset of a director using Jennifer Barclay’s new play RIPE FRENZY. From the first read, to research, to preparing for your first rehearsal, this class will give students a chance to dive deeply into a theatrical text as a director would.
Participants will be offered discounted tickets to a Sunday Matinee of RIPE FRENZY, directed by Bridget Kathleen O’Leary and produced by Boston Center for American Performance and New Repertory Theatre. Performances will be at BU's Studio One, 855 Comm Ave, Boston.