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Directing – from Page to Stage

“One of the great things about being a director as a life choice is that it can never be mastered.  Every story is its own kind of exhibition, with its own set of challenges.”  Ron Howard

Are you looking for a practical course to develop your skills in working with actors and as a company?
Would you like to spend a week looking at a diverse range of plays and scenes from Shakespeare to Stephens?
Are you a new and aspiring director wanting to explore directing for the first time or an experienced director looking for new techniques and inspiration?

Allow us to steer you towards the ideal course for you…

This directing course is a must for anyone interested in the rewarding business of bringing scripts to life on a stage of any size. 

By the end of the week you will:

This directing course will have an emphasis on doing rather than talking about doing. Students should expect to both act and direct so you can see the process from both sides.  You’ll even get the opportunity to look at material you have brought yourself in addition to the material provided by the tutor.

Tutor – Julia Locascio

What the students say…

The working atmosphere was throughout positive, friendly, respectful, open. The tutor created a stress free, encouraging environment which enabled creativity and freedom of expression. He also never treated us as top down or gave us the feeling were we just "amateurs". 


Tutor: Julia Locascio

Julia Locascio is a New York and London based theatre and opera director. She frequently collaborates with composers and writers on new work. 

Currently Julia is developing Woman on Paper, a devised work about Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz that translates O'Keeffe's paintings into body mapped 3D projection, and ADA by Emily Holyoake, a new play about computing visionary Ada Lovelace with music by the all-female electrorock trio Haiku Salut. 

Other directing includes: site-specific productions Cymbeline and Lemon Cake (adapted from Aimee Bender’s The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake); Jim Manganello's Charlie Blows a Bulb (Edinburgh promenade street performance); Will Eno’s Oh, the Humanity; Polly Pen’s The Flitch; and Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice

Julia has overseen large-scale productions across the US and UK as a resident assistant and staff director and designer, including The Kite Runner (West End), Salomé and Dido, Queen of Carthage (Royal Shakespeare Company), War Horse (US national tour), and Sleep No More (Punchdrunk). This spring she associate directed and performed as an onstage foley artist in Ragtime in Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island.

She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from Birkbeck, University of London. Julia has received awards from the US-based National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, the Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC) Foundation, and the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa from Arts Council England.