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The International Symposium for Directors, sponsored by La MaMa Umbria International is a unique training program for professional directors, choreographers and actors. Internationally renowned theatre artists conduct workshops and lecture/demonstrations. All workshops are conducted in English. Find out more...


Directing Your Directing Career Part I

Course Outline:

Know Thyself

  1. Why be a Director?
  2. Career and Life Vision
  3. Your Personal Mission D. Setting Goals and
  4. Defining Strategies

It’s Who You Know

  1. You Already Know the Right People
  2. Making Contacts and Keeping Them
  3. I Need to See Your Work
  4. Staying Connected to the Profession

Everything You Do You Still Audition

  1. Interviews and Meetings (include role-playing interviews)
  2. Getting the Most From Each Project

Career Development Opportunities

  1. SDC Foundation Programs
  2. Drama League
  3. TCG/NEA Program
  4. Bailiwick Rep Festival
  5. Sundance Theatre Lab
  6. Lincoln Center Directors Lab
  7. Regional Theatre Opportunities

East Coast, West Coast or All Around the Globe

  1. Follow Your Goals
  2. Advantages of New York, L.A. and other cities
  3. Opportunities Abroad

Directing Your Directing Career – Part II

Course Outline:

Grants and Fellowships

  1. Gielgud Fellowship
  2. Phil Killian Directing Fellowship
  3. Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship
  4. Getting Grants for Project
  5. Foundation Center
  6. Local and State Arts Councils

Do I Need An Agent and How Do I Get One?

  1. Pros and Cons of Having and Agent
  2. Getting the Right Agent
  3. Using the Relationship with An Agent

Producing Your Own Work

  1. Pros and Cons
  2. For Profit vs. Not-for-Profit
  3. Wearing the Producer’s Hat
  4. Budgets, Spaces, Production Costs
  5. Raising Money
  6. Was It Worth It?

Mid-Career and Future Goals

  1. Practical Steps
  2. Joining the Union: Why and When?
  3. Ongoing Study
  4. Workshops and Other Classes

Balancing Business and Art

  1. What Is the Right Balance?
  2. Working When No One is Hiring You
  3. The Best Day Jobs
  4. Staying Motivated: Some Tips
  5. Final Thoughts

Each Part is Approximately 4 Hours.

Please contact me regarding dates and rates for these workshops.