April 5th, 2016

Directors Gathering’s 2 Year Anniversary and the Inaugural (DG) Directors JAM

(DG) held our first Salon in spring of 2014 and in the two years since we have been thrilled to gather a diverse group of theatre directors and audience members at our programs.  Directors have tackled the Greeks via (DG) Master Class with premier director Robert Woodruff at the Ira Brind School at UArts, devised & augmented work at (DG) Gym, witnessed & unpacked process with directors Theodoros Terzopoulos and Jean-Rene Toussaint compliments of The Wilma Theater, dined with world-renowned director Ivo Van Hove compliments of FringeArts, engaged in (DG) Dialogues to reveal their artistry & process to audiences at The Wilma Theater, InterAct, PAC, Inis Nua, and Azuka Theatre Company, connected with collaborators old and new at (DG) Happy Hours, and have been placed in work opportunities with Philly Plays at The Drake and PTC@PLAY.

As we come to the end of our second year, we our proud to announce our latest gathering, in partnership with theatre director Pirronne Yousefzadeh: Directors JAM. Pirronne and 6 directors will gather early in the day on Saturday, May 7 to create six unique pieces. That evening, Directors Gathering will host a celebration – open to the public – of the director’s art with music, food, beverage, and showings of the work they’ve made. Click HERE for more info on the JAM.  We look forward to celebrating with you all on May 7th

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January 14, 2015

Directors Gathering announces Inaugural Master Class Weekend

Service organization dedicated to theatre directing providing unique learning opportunity for local directors.

(Philadelphia, PA) Directors Gathering (DG), a multifaceted service organization advancing the craft of theatre directing, is proud to announce that the organization will be holding a weekend long master class with world renowned director and teacher, Robert Woodruff, this spring.

On May 2nd and 3rd, 2015, six directors will work with professional actors on scenes from Greek tragedy under the eye of master director Woodruff, who will offer insight, expertise, and inspiration for directors to unlock powerful stagings and performances. (DG) will provide a professional company of actors and rehearsal space for the directors to prepare scenes for this workshop.  The organization is also partnering with The University of the Arts and Ira Brind School of Theatre Arts Head, theatre director Joanna Settle, to host the weekend and collaborate with Brind School directing students.

A call for applications has been launched and (DG) invites directors living in the Philadelphia metro area who can provide at least three non-academic solo directing credits to see their website for more information on the submission process, http://www.directorsgathering.org/events/dg-master-class/

Robert Woodruff has directed over 60 productions across the U.S. at theatres including Lincoln Center Theater, The Public Theater and BAM.  Most recently, he directed CARAVAGGIO TERMINAL for the Hungarian State Theatre in Cluj, ELSEWHERE A CELLO OPERA with co-creator Maya Beiser for BAM and an adaptation of Fassbinder’s IN A YEAR WITH THIRTEEN MOONS for Yale Repertory Theatre. He directed the premieres of Zhou Long’s MADAME WHITE SNAKE for Opera Boston and Beijing Music Festival and Philip Glass’s APPOMATTOX for San Francisco Opera. Internationally, his work has been seen at the Habimah National Theatre in Israel, The Sydney Arts Festival, Los Angeles Olympic Arts Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Hong Kong Festival of the Arts, The Jerusalem Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, and Toneelgroep Amsterdam. Early work includes many premiere productions with Sam Shepard including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Buried Child. He has taught at Columbia University, Harvard University and NYU. From 2002-2007 he was artistic director of the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge Ma. He was named a 2007 USA Biller Fellow by United States Artists.  He is now on the faculty of the Yale School of Drama.

Since its inception, Directors Gathering has hosted four Salons, providing local directors opportunities to participate in lively discourse on a variety of topics ranging from the future of the craft of directing, to the art of directing solo work, to how the director fits into the devising process, and finally exploring the challenges facing directors who self-produce. The organization has also launched (DG) Dialogues, a post-show discussion experience moderated by (DG) with theatre directors of productions within Philadelphia theater companies.  The first and second dialogues partnered with theatre directors David Kennedy and Seth Rozin and their process on the Wilma Theater’s production of Tom Stoppard’s THE REAL THING and InterAct Theatre Company’s production of Peter Gil-Sheridan’s RITU COMES HOME respectively.  Audiences and collaborators alike enjoyed the reveal of the directors’ process.  (DG) Dialogues now has standing engagements for the season with the Wilma and Interact, and has expanded to include theatre’s such as Philadelphia Theatre Company and PAC.

On March 22nd, 2014, (DG) participated in 30/30/1 No Passport: Celebrating Latino Playwrights co-hosted by Plays and Players Theatre and Power Street Theatre. (DG) has also co-hosted happy hours with the Foundry and the Philadelphia chapter of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America, as well as Philadelphia New Playwrights Initiative. And in early January 2015, (DG) partnered with the Wilma Theater to bring eight directors into the extraordinary training process of Theodoros Terzopoulos. For ten days, Philly actors were immersed in the techniques and philosophy of Terzopoulos and the eight directors observed, took notes, and discussed the work.

(DG)’s objectives are threefold: to build COMMUNITY among directors by offering professional, social, and creative engagement opportunities, as well as by establishing a forum for resource sharing among artists; to offer ADVOCACY on behalf of theatre directors by revealing their process and cultivating a popular appreciation for their work; to facilitate artist development through PEDAGOGY and PRAXIS by means of production programming that maintains high standards for rigorous process, production quality, and entertainment value.

Directors Gathering is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Fractured Atlas will receive grants for the purposes of Directors Gathering, provide oversight to ensure that grant funds are used in accordance with grant agreements, and provide reports as required by the grantor.

For information on Directors Gathering staff, organizational history and development, and details on (DG) programming, press should contact Director of Communications, Ben Smallen at ben.directorsgathering@gmail.com or visit us at directorsgathering.org.

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Directors Gathering is a service organization advancing the craft of theatre directing through community, advocacy, pedagogy, and praxis.

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August 19, 2014

Directors Gathering announces Support from the Wyncote Foundation

Service organization dedicated to theatre directing growing in its first year.

(Philadelphia, PA) Directors Gathering, a multifaceted service organization advancing the craft of theatre directing, proudly announces that the organization has been honored with a 3-year start-up grant from the Wyncote Foundation, by the recommendation of Leonard C. Haas.  Directors Gathering is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Fractured Atlas will receive grants for the purposes of Directors Gathering, provide oversight to ensure that grant funds are used in accordance with grant agreements, and provide reports as required by the grantor. The Wyncote Foundation’s generous support will allow (DG) to expand its programming in the coming months. In addition to enhancements to our current programming, (DG) will introduce a new recurring director’s lab series this fall, titled “Directors’ Gym”. Local directors will have the opportunity to share in-progress scene work with a group of peers in a relaxed and constructive environment. In the spring, (DG) will provide a master class weekend experience, featuring a nationally recognized director and teacher. (DG) will also continue to provide social opportunities designed to help local directors build their sense of community, and network with artists from other collaborative disciplines.

(DG) expresses our deepest appreciation to the Wyncote Foundation and Fractured Atlas for supporting our development and commitment to advancing the craft of theatre directing through community, advocacy, pedagogy, and praxis.

Since its inception, (DG) has hosted four Salons, providing local directors opportunities to participate in lively discourse on a variety of topics ranging from the future of the craft of directing, to the art of directing solo work, to how the director fits into the devising process, and finally exploring the challenges facing directors who self-produce. The organization has also launched (DG) Dialogues, a post-show discussion experience moderated by (DG) with theatre directors of productions within Philadelphia theater companies.  The first and second dialogues partnered with theatre directors David Kennedy and Seth Rozin and their process on the Wilma Theater’s production of Tom Stoppard’s THE REAL THING and InterAct Theatre Company’s production of Peter Gil-Sheridan’s RITU COMES HOME respectively.  Audiences and collaborators alike enjoyed the reveal of the directors’ process.  (DG) Dialogue will continue in October and expand to further partnerships throughout the theatre season.

On March 22nd, 2014, (DG) participated in 30/30/1 No Passport: Celebrating Latino Playwrights co-hosted by Plays and Players Theatre and Power Street Theatre. In July, (DG) co-hosted a happy hour in support of the 10th annual PlayPenn conference with the Foundry and the Philadelphia chapter of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America.

(DG)’s objectives are threefold: to build COMMUNITY among directors by offering professional, social, and creative engagement opportunities, as well as by establishing a forum for resource sharing among artists; to offer ADVOCACY on behalf of theatre directors by revealing their process and cultivating a popular appreciation for their work; to facilitate artist development through PEDAGOGY and PRAXIS by means of production programming that maintains high standards for rigorous process, production quality, and entertainment value.

 For information on Directors Gathering staff, organizational history and development, and details on (DG) programming, press should contact Director of Operations, Ben Smallen at ben.directorsgathering@gmail.com or visit us at directorsgathering.org.

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Directors Gathering is a service organization advancing the craft of theatre directing through community, advocacy, pedagogy, and praxis.

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March 31, 2014

Founding Director Jill Harrison talks to Phindie about Directors Gathering