Mondays, 2:15–3:40, Apr. 16–May 14
Instructors: Chip Rome, Richard Washer
Coordinator: Kathie West
What goes on behind the scenes and even before there is a scene to be behind? How do actors learn to do what they do? When directors direct a play, what are they actually doing? What makes live theatre such a special experience? This class will explore the process of creating a theatre production from concept to curtain call. Topics will include:
- Where Ideas Come From—improvisation, playwriting, and publishers
- From the Book to the Look—auditions, casting, and those behind the scenes
- Using Play to Make a Play—theatre games and exercises
- What I Really Want to Do is Direct—blocking, pacing, and theatre magic
- There’s No Business Like Show Business—when a production becomes a performance
Hands-on participation will be encouraged, but not required.
is a theatre consultant with Educational Stages and co-founder of TheatreMakers.org
, bringing drama activities and events to older adults. Over the past 40 years he has directed more than 150 productions of all types, taught classes to all age groups, and presented workshops at theatre conferences. His textbook, Real-World Theatre Education
, is in use at Mason and in other theatre education programs.
has a BA in music and anthropology and an MFA in creative writing from American University. He is a playwright, educator, and director. He was a founding member of Charter Theatre, where he served as dramaturge, director, and playwright, and currently serves as associate artistic director at First Draft at The Rose Theatre in Virginia. He is the author of 14 plays and has directed productions of musicals, classics, and other plays. Washer teaches creative writing and playwriting workshops at numerous institutions.