Browsing articles tagged with " student actors"

In the Next Room, or the vibrator play by Sarah Ruhl

Dec 10, 2017   //   by Kate Powers   //   Director's Notebook, Productions

Annie (Madeline Wall) and Sabrina (Isabel Enns) in the operating theatre while Catherine (Tessa Dahlgren) eavesdrops

The cultural moment and the rehearsal process

Fall 2017 turned out to be a very peculiar moment to be working with undergraduate students on a play that is about discovering and exploring one’s sexuality. …

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Desdemona by Paula Vogel

Oct 22, 2015   //   by Kate Powers   //   Director's Notebook, Productions, Shakespeare

Iman Messado as Emilia and Demoriya Phillips as Desdemona

Paula Vogel’s Desdemona cannot outrun Shakespeare’s Othello. She cannot escape her death. Nor, at least as much to Vogel’s point, can any woman escape the restrictions and restraints placed upon her by the men who define her existence.

Desdemona: A Play

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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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Paterson Falls by Rosemary McLaughlin

Oct 28, 2013   //   by Kate Powers   //   Productions

Mabel Dodge learns of the strike.

In Fally 2013, I directed the premiere of Rosemary McLaughlin’s Paterson Falls within the Department of Theatre at Drew University in Madison, NJ.

Paterson Falls chronicles and celebrates the ‘fragile bridge’ (to borrow a phrase from Steve Golin) that was built in 1913 between …

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Our Town by Thornton Wilder

Oct 28, 2013   //   by Kate Powers   //   Productions

George (Marcelle Smith) and Emily (Kate Kenney)

 

I directed Our Town at Sing Sing Correctional Facility and the men, with their female civilian counterparts, performed the play twice for the population of the facility and once for an invited civilian audience of ~225.

Thornton Wilder’s Our Town opened on …

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Breath, Boom by Kia Corthron

Nov 13, 2012   //   by Kate Powers   //   Productions

Charese Scott-Cooper as Angel, Aissatu Young as Malika and Michelle Quintero Williams as Prix.

I heard one of the first readings of Breath, Boom at the Public Theatre several years ago; I was immediately struck by the force of Kia’s writing.  I also remember thinking that no one …

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Humanity 101

Jan 5, 2012   //   by Kate Powers   //   Director's Notebook, Incarcerated performers

Last night, we had the first session of an Intro to Acting workshop at Sing Sing. It was supposed to be for the men new to our program, but in the event, we had a nice mix of veterans and newbies, 15 men in total.

I was leading a Patsy …

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Law & Order: Denmark

Nov 16, 2011   //   by Kate Powers   //   Director's Notebook, Incarcerated performers, Shakespeare

Last night, we put Claudius on trial.

Miching mallecho

If you’ve been reading my blog or following me on Twitter, you probably know that I’m teaching a Shakespeare workshop at Sing Sing Correctional Facility this autumn, that the men were curious but deeply skeptical about Shakespeare when we began.  A …

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Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare

Nov 10, 2010   //   by Kate Powers   //   Productions

Prologue

While I was pursuing my M.A. at the Shakespeare Institute, I studied with Dr. John Jowett, who has done a tremendous amount of work on attribution studies in general, and the relationship between Shakespeare and Thomas Middleton in particular. I was particularly intrigued by his scholarship with regard to…

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Execution of Justice by Emily Mann

Nov 8, 2010   //   by Kate Powers   //   Productions

Prologue

Execution of Justice ran from January 28 trough February 8, 2004 on the Babcock Stage at Pioneer Theatre, in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The acting company was comprised of students in the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah; not only did they embrace George Moscone and Harvey …

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Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Nov 3, 2010   //   by Kate Powers   //   Productions

The particular challenge

I worked to tell the stories of the play as truthfully and as clearly as we can, but I also wanted to celebrate the innate theatricality of the play. We examined every irregularity in the scansion, every short verse line, every shared verse line, every transition from …

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Five Women Wearing the Same Dress by Alan Ball

Oct 12, 2010   //   by Kate Powers   //   Productions

Five Women… grapples with questions about the nature of friendship and sexual relationships for generation which was born in the wake of the sexual revolution and which has come of age in the era of AIDS.

As they watch two of their peers celebrate what looks to be a less …

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