As well as helping aspiring performers to develop their craft, Bendigo Theatre Company is committed to providing opportunities to learn about the multitude of behind-the-scenes disciplines that contribute to each production. The 2018 workshop season is a series of four professionally led masterclasses that cater to all manner of theatre enthusiasts.
One undeniable truth about theatre is that the performance is only the tip of the iceberg. Without the cumulative effort of so many people behind the scenes, a production simply would not reach the stage.
These workshops would make an excellent professional development day or a treasured experiential gift for a friend or student.
Workshop #4 – Theatre Direction
The Director – the primary visionary, the decision-maker, responsible for the artistic concept and interpretation of a production and its staging. What does it take to make a good theatre director?
The Theatre Direction Workshop will take participants on a journey of a production from beginning to end. Topics covered include:
- relevance and appropriateness of production selection;
- design for theatre;
- casting a production;
- the rehearsal period, including technical rehearsals;
- previews and performance;
- audience and critical response; and
- examples from the workshop facilitator’s latest productions
Dean is currently Associate Director at Melbourne Theatre Company. His MTC credits include ‘Born Yesterday’, ‘Skylight’, ‘I’ll Eat You Last’, ‘Next to Normal’ and ‘Vivid White’. He directed the triumphant debut production ‘Sweet Charity’ for Hayes Theatre Company and directed many shows for Opera Australia and The Production Company.
With composer Mathew Frank he has written musicals including ‘Prodigal’ which had an off-Broadway season at the York Theatre and won a Green Room award for Best Original Score. His show ‘Once We Lived Here’ won a Green Room award – Best New Musical, and went on to have NYC and London seasons. Dean has recently returned from London where his production ‘Britney Spears: The Cabaret’ has completed a run on the West End.
Dean is Worldwide Associate Director of ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – The Musical’ and is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.