Richard Stacey is a teacher, director and actor with a huge wealth of experience working with Alan Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough. His theatre credits include Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘Surprises’, 'Hero's Welcome', 'Confusions', 'Absurd Person Singular’, ‘Life and Beth’ ,’If I were you’ and ‘Time of My Life’, as well as appearing in pantomimes, Shakespeare and many film and television appearances including Atonement, King of the Castle and Evil Elvis. He has run workshops for NSDF and SJT as well as co-directing Hamlet and 12th Night for AFTLS. Richard has worked with Alan Ayckbourn and shared a rehearsal room on many occasions and so is ideally placed to introduce students to both Ayckbourn’s directing style and the peculiar challenges his work presents to directors.
Session: 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:
- get a chance to work in and on a variety of genres as both director and actor
- develop skills in giving and receiving constructive criticism and peer review personal development
- acquire a practical and invaluable array of techniques to take back to their companies and societies
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 – Richard Stacey
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".