Published on 20 January 2022 in Career

Working with Actors: a webinar with Suri Krishnamma

After another successful Directing Actors workshop last summer, Suri Krishnamma returns to deliver an open and inclusive webinar for Full and Associate members based on working with actors.

You’re on set, unhappy with the performance of your actor, but unsure and unprepared as to how to send them in the right direction.

As directors, we know we need an understanding of cameras and sound equipment, but how much do we need to know about acting?

What preparation can we do as directors to make the process of working with actors on set a successful one?

How much of their techniques, from Stanislavsky through to Strasberg, Meisner and Mamet, are we familiar with, and is an understanding of their processes really useful?

The above questions and other topics will be explored in this 1-hour webinar delivered by Suri Krishnamma, followed by a 30-minute Q&A.

During this, we hope to get a sense of how to work with actors generally, how to find a common language, how to handle difficult scenes, how to give effective notes and avoid bad direction. We’ll explore the different challenges of working with actors on single films, television dramas, series and continuing dramas.

This session will be taking place via Zoom on Wednesday 23 February from 11:00-12:30.


We would like to give members an opportunity to ask questions in advance. Please send your questions to [email protected] by Wednesday 16 February.

We also recommend checking out Suri’s Review of Books on Practical Directing prior to this webinar. Read part one here.

About Suri Krishnamma

Suri Krishnamma’s directing credits include The Canterville Ghost (2021), The Way Out (2020), Dark Tourist (2012), Locked In (2010), New Year’s Day (2000) and A Man of No Importance (1994). Television credits include the BAFTA-winning A Respectable Trade and The Cazalets, and episodes of popular TV dramas including Waking the Dead and Cold Blood. A director on continuing dramas such as Coronation Street and Emmerdale for ITV and Holby City for the BBC, Suri is a 3-time BAFTA nominee and winner of the RTS award in 2020 for the BBC4 film The Way Out. Suri studied Fiction Directing at the National Film and Television school, is a past President of the Jury for the Munich International Festival of Film schools and Professor of Film at Norwich University of the Arts.


If you have any questions or accessibility requirements, please contact [email protected].

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