Published on: 11 June 2020 in Opportunities

Directing Actors 2020

This online workshop, produced in partnership with Spotlight, will explore the actor-director relationship under the virtual supervision of Directors UK member Suri Krishnamma.

The course will take place on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 August, and will be conducted via Zoom.

About the course

After a general, theoretical introduction, each director will work with two actors in an online breakout group before presenting a rehearsed scene to the whole group. The breakout sessions will explore ways to interpret the meaning of scenes, the giving and taking of notes and other actor/director related issues.

During the debrief, participants will be able to examine choices made during work on the scenes and examine what impact these choices have on the scene and the process. The limitations of delivering the workshop online will inevitably mean some staging options are restricted, but discussion on these and other issues will also be covered in the debrief.

How to apply

Please email [email protected] with:

  • an up-to-date CV
  • a personal statement (1 A4 side) — focus on why you need to take this training now, and how specifically you would like to improve and develop your working relationship with actors
  • Please note, your statement should not be a personal biography and should be kept relevant to the training

Before you send your application through, we recommend you read our Career Development team's application tips.

The deadline for applications is Friday 3 July.

We also recommend that you read Suri Krishnamma’s review of books on practical directing. Reading this review will be a compulsory part of preparations for successful applicants.

About Suri Krishnamma

Suri Krishnamma studied Directing at the National Film and Television School before starting a career in film and television. Internationally acclaimed, he has directed seven feature films including Dark Tourist and A Man of No Importance. For the BBC he directed the award-winning A Respectable Trade and The Cazalets, as well as episodes of popular TV dramas including Waking the Dead, Cold Blood and Blue Murder.

Three time BAFTA nominee, Suri is a past President of the Jury for the Munich International Festival of Film schools, Honorary Fellow of the Arts University Bournemouth and Professor of Film at Norwich University of the Arts.

He has a number of new projects in development, including feature films and television dramas, and is currently directing Coronation Street for ITV in Manchester.

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