So I am busy directing a new play by fabulous playwright Daniella Shoshan for NYC's International Fringe Festival.
I took on the challenge of directing someone else's work to learn what it feels like to place myself in someone else's world, to work with characters and text and to find ways to meld my visual and spatial aesthetic with the poetry of Daniella's writing. It's also not usual for me to work within a theater space, with most of my work having, up until now, occurred in old buildings and site specific locations.
And I must say, I have been beyond inspired. I have begun to learn a lot about what resonates for me onstage and how I see what I see when I see it. It's been a process of trust; trusting that the skills I have in devising a work transfer across into a linear piece. And it's also been about recognising how I work with space and sound to create images.
And most importantly it's been about how to tell the story of the piece in beautiful, layered, ambitious and meaningful, honest ways. What a learning curve!
If anyone is actually reading this and in NYC over NYC fringe, please come and see the work. Its going to be a very powerful piece and we are all very, very proud of it.
Check out some of our rehearsal shots so far...
notes from the city of stairs
I'm currently studying towards a MFA (Masters in Fine Arts) in play writing at Columbia in New York City. This page is for me to collect my thoughts, scribbles, images, ideas and inspirations over the next three years. Enjoy the rambling :-)