Advice Articles

Andy Blankenbuehler on choreography

Interview with Andy Blankenbuehler

This interview is an excerpt taken from Creating Musical Theatre: Conversations with Broadway Directors and Choreographers (2013), by Lyn Cramer. It's available now with 10% off the RRP.

CRAMER: I want to ask you about choreographic approach. You talk about … more

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Casting: tips for directors

Some theatres begin casting earlier than two months before the beginning of rehearsals, particularly if the casting involves looking for very experienced actors or ‘names’. Some directors are still casting the week before rehearsals, which is not ideal, but two months before rehearsals is a … more

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Keith Johnstone Interview (in full)

Keith Johnstone was Associate Artistic Director at the Royal Court Theatre in the late 1950s, helping in particular to run the Writer's Group. The improvisatory techniques and exercises evolved there to foster spontaneity and narrative skills were developed further in the actors' studio, then … more

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Leading the rehearsal process

The rehearsal room is where all the director’s preparatory hard work pays off and is their opportunity to experiment with and explore the text using their skill and creativity, together with that of their actors. Some directors have a particular style or method of working, utilising the theories … more

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Lighting design: interview with Tony Simpson

Tony Simpson has been a freelance theatre lighting designer for twenty years, working in the UK and internationally alongside a broad spectrum of directors, designers and sound designers.

Notably, his UK work has included productions from the National Theatre; the RSC; Royal Court [...] Tony served … more

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