Directing Musical Theatre (Musical Theatre)
“I like to do everything you can possibly do before you go into rehearsal, because once we are in rehearsal or on the stage there will be a problem I didn't anticipate. It's really good to think we got it all nailed - of course you've never got it all nailed.” Harold Prince
Are you a director who wants to explore the possibilities of directing musical theatre?
Are you an aspiring musical theatre director who feels like they lack the confidence and knowledge to take the leap?
Are you an established director who wants to energise and enhance their practice?
If so then let us signpost you to the ideal course…
We are delighted that this hugely popular course returns this year. This is a chance to take apart and examine the many and complex roles of a director from visualising, planning and casting a production, to the creative task of enabling your company to realise your vision on stage.
Throughout the week you will:
- explore the process of visualising your production through research of style and period, and developing creative thinking
- enjoy working with your fellow students as both actor and director, to learn new techniques to get the best out of your company and help them to find the characterisation, staging, voice and physicality you want to see in performance
- work on a set texts and discover the skills to confidently plan, execute and communicate your vision to production team and cast and explore the collaborative partnerships which help to bring your vision from page to stage
Tutor: Susie Dumbreck
Susie trained at the Royal Academy of Music and began her theatre career as a performer. Her credits include Olga/Sarrighina Nine (The Donmar), u/s Madame Thenardier Les Miserables (UK Tour), Ellen Oklahoma! (National & Lyceum Theatres), Eliza Doolittle My Fair Lady (Perth Theatre), Sharon Graham Master Class (Byre Theatre).
On returning to her home in Scotland in 2002, Susie changed career to work in the financial sector with Bank of America Merrill Lynch. But never far from her theatre roots, she set up two production companies and began directing. In 2009, she became one of the musical theatre faculty lecturers for The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In 2014 she established Infinity Artist Management where she is now principal agent and re-established her production company Quixotic Productions, which co-produced Shirley Valentine with The Byre Theatre in St Andrews.
Susie’s directing credits include Calendar Girls, Royal Dunfermline Command Performance, Jesus Christ Superstar (Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline), Swinging into Christmas (Stevenson Hall, Glasgow), Active Virgin (CVenues, Edinburgh), Company (Churchill Theatre, Edinburgh & Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy), How to Succeed Business Without Really Trying (Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy), Jeykll & Hyde and Little Shop of Horrors (Carnegie Theatre, Dunfermline), The Rink (St Oswalds, Edinburgh Festival Fringe), You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (St Brides Theatre, Edinburgh & The Byre Theatre, St Andrews), The Secret Garden, Into the Woods, Kiss of the Spider Woman (St Brides Theatre, Edinburgh), Grand Night for Singing (Byre Theatre, St Andrews)
As Associate Director she worked with directors Philip Howard on Sunday in the Park with George (CVenues Edinburgh) and Ken Alexander on Dougal Irvine’s musical In Touch (Pleasance, Edinburgh).
Susie’s association with the City of London Festival began in 2014 when she co-produced the West End in Wartime concert at Canary Wharf with the fantastic Central Band of the British Royal Legion. She was honoured to then sing with the band herself at Southwalk Cathedral in October 2014. She was delighted to be back working with COLF in 2015 on the concert version of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, working with West End favourites and graduates of her alma mater Royal Academy of Music.