I’ve always had strong opinions on what makes a good director, and I’ve found myself in the position of being one again.
By Alan Winner (Performer, Writer, Director)
In any show I’ve ever been cast in, I have taken special care to behave a professionally as possible, so even though I had thoughts on other performers’ interpretations, I would keep my mouth shut and let the director do his/her job. Luckily, I’ve performed with several directors who have allowed for their actors to have input on more than their roles alone, but this is not always the case. As an actor, I am only in charge of what I bring to the table, but my attention has always drifted to alternative ways to tell an even clearer story.
While producing staged readings with The Hive, I was able to observe the idiosyncrasies of a dozen or more directors, all working with very limited time. By the time I got up the nerve to direct a reading, I had a pretty good idea of how I intended to speak to my cast, but wouldn’t know for sure without finding out first-hand.
I directed a handful of readings and started to feel the need to direct a fully-staged production, when Adam Esquenazi Douglas approached me to direct the premiere of his play, Supermen, which I directed as a reading a few months prior.
When Supermen won Best Play at the Downtown Urban Theatre Festival, I knew I was on to something. I needed to find out if I was experiencing a good bout of luck, or if I am indeed becoming a skilled director.