Browsing articles tagged with " actor coaching"

Stand and unfold yourself: a month at Shakespeare & Company

Apr 24, 2014   //   by Kate Powers   //   Director's Notebook, Shakespeare

In January, I was a participant in the month-long intensive at Shakespeare & Company. Tina Packer, Dennis Krausnick, Kevin Coleman and their colleagues have been teaching the intensive for more than 30 years, and intensive is categorically one of the operative descriptors: the hours are long and the work is …

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Talking to George Gibbs about Grief

Apr 12, 2013   //   by Kate Powers   //   Director's Notebook, Incarcerated performers

I recently found myself lying on the prison floor, talking to George Gibbs about grief.

[If you are new to my blog, you need to know that I am directing Our Town at Sing Sing Correctional Facility.]

Thornton Wilder’s stage direction reads, “George sinks to his knees then falls full

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Listen In

Jul 7, 2012   //   by Kate Powers   //   Director's Notebook, Incarcerated performers


In Acting II at Sing Sing this summer, we’ve been working on developing points of concentration, physical awareness and sense memory, discovering the dramatic action and building a character.  In this regard, our class is much like Acting 201 just about anywhere.  But we’re also looking for life skills, for …

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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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Fräulein Else by Arthur Schnitzler, adapted by Amy de Lucia

Nov 11, 2010   //   by Kate Powers   //   Producing, Productions

Overview

Amy de Lucia first approached me with a copy of Arthur Schnitzler’s novella Fräulein Else in 1999, while we were working on How I Learned to Drive in Bangor, ME. Amy said she felt sure that there was a play in there, if only she could figure out how …

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Theatre behind the walls

Oct 23, 2010   //   by Kate Powers   //   Director's Notebook, Incarcerated performers

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

“Theatre inspires me.”

“Theatre teaches me about myself, and helps me to understand why other people do what they do.”

“Theatre relaxes me.”

“Theatre teaches me empathy.”

“Everyone in my life was a backstabber or …

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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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Follow your bliss: it will lead you to the black pit of despair.
– Jeff Watkins, The Shakespeare Tavern

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,
Take this of me, Kate of my consolation…
--The Taming of the Shrew, Act II, scene i