Staging the Story: The Why and How of Directing

The director is the major link between the playwright and the actor, and between the actor and the audience.  Course participants will learn to analyze and identify the most important aspect of a play, to inspire the company in detailed exploration, to create situations to make the characters feel they are in the same circumstance, to intensify conflict, and to analyze the final results of the work.  This course will allow the participants to direct a piece of text, as well as being an actor in a scene, with a mini-rehearsal process to practice the skills learned.

This course is suitable for intermediate and advanced directors.

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Maja_ArdalMaja Ardal has been working in theatre for forty years.  She is a director, playwright, actor, and theatre trainer. She wrote and performs in the hit shows You Fancy Yourself (Dora Award for performance) and The Cure for Everything (Dora nomination for outstanding play.)  At present she is developing the third play in this trilogy. She is also writing HER2 a play about a breast cancer trial for nine women. She has been commissioned to write a new play for 4th Line Theatre. Copies of her plays can be found through Playwrights Canada Press.

Maja adapted and directed the play Prisoner of Tehran from the best-selling memoir by Marina Nemat. Prisoner was produced in the spring of 2012 by the P of T Collective in association with Theatre Passe Muraille.

She wrote the book for the musical Joy, composer Joey Miller, which was produced in 2000 by Workman Theatre.  From 1990 to 1998, Maja was the artistic director of Young People's Theatre (Toronto) where she commissioned and directed over fifteen new plays.  Her production of Whale received the Dora award for outstanding production.

Among her directing credits are: Alberta Theatre Projects, Stones in His Pockets and Oliver Twist, The Grand Theatre, London, and at The Shaw Festival Not in the Book.  She was interim Artistic Director of Nightwood Theatre 2007-8, and was a regular principal for seven seasons in The Road to Avonlea. Maja trains actors at Humber and Fanshawe Colleges, where she is noted for her epic productions of Brecht and Shakespeare plays. She also gives workshops in vocal and physical theatre techniques in communities across Canada.

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