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Putting it together

Oct 23, 2011   //   by Kate Powers   //   Coaching Tips, Director's Notebook

Bit by bit

“Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.” — Knute Rockne

How many hours each week are you working on your dream?  I don’t ask how many hours you temp or wait …

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Gimme five

Jul 22, 2011   //   by Kate Powers   //   Coaching Tips, Director's Notebook

Once upon a time, when I was a little baby director, an artistic director asked me to name five playwrights whose work I particularly admired.  Because I wasn’t prepared, and probably also because I was a little baby director, my mind went blanker than Peter Brook’s empty space and I …

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… like you were walking onto a yacht …

Mar 18, 2011   //   by Kate Powers   //   Coaching Tips, Director's Notebook

You probably think this post is about you, don’t you?

Don’t stop me if you’ve heard this one before.

Last Thursday and Friday, I was casting a show that I’ll direct in June. The artistic director of the theatre and I were working with two capable, consummately professional casting directors. …

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Headshots: brilliant image or fuzzy concept?

Jan 22, 2011   //   by Kate Powers   //   Coaching Tips, Director's Notebook

“There is nothing worse than a brilliant image of a fuzzy concept.” – Ansel Adams

“”The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each man to himself.” – Edward Steichen

They’re your calling card, actors. They are your ticket through the door. Very often, they are the …

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The strip of (textual) terror

Dec 13, 2010   //   by Kate Powers   //   Coaching Tips, Director's Notebook, Shakespeare

[This post originally appeared on www.2amtheatre.com, which is a very cool place to appear.]

Collation line.  Apparatus.  Strip of terror.  Whatever you call it, it’s that somewhat inscrutable line or two of apparently Enigma code between the text and the annotations, particularly in a modern edition of, say, Shakespeare.  …

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Like an old tale still

Oct 23, 2010   //   by Kate Powers   //   Coaching Tips, Director's Notebook

[This post originally appeared on www.2amtheatre.com, which is a very cool place to appear.]

Last week, I coached an actor who had a big audition this past weekend.  It was of the ‘bring two contrasting pieces’ variety.  She came to me a little later in her process than I …

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Directing is too hard, it takes too much time, and it doesn't pay very well.
– Harrison Ford

You lie, in faith, for you are called plain Kate,
And bonny Kate, and sometimes Kate the curst;
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For dainties are all Kates, and therefore, Kate,
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--The Taming of the Shrew, Act II, scene i