2015 Salon: Q&A with “Fake-Ass Mickey…” playwright Kevin R. Free

We are beyond excited to be working with playwright and performer extraordinaire Kevin R. Free  – a longtime friend of the Salon! While Kevin is making waves at Humana, his short play “Fake-Ass Mickey and “Fake-Ass Minnie Take a Real-Ass Break” will be performed TONIGHT on the Wild Project stage, directed by Christopher James Weihert and performed by Mandi Masden and Kareem M. Lucas. 

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2015 Salon: Q&A with “Brooklyn Bound” Playwright Riti Sachdeva

It’s the night of the Hat Director plays, and we’re honored to bring you TWO blog posts today featuring playwrights Riti Sachdeva and Kevin R. Free. Both of these plays are two of SEVEN inspired by the prompt “To Serve and Protect” that you can see tonight at The Wild Project at 7:30pm! The bar will be open, tickets are suggested donation (online or at the door) and we are almost sold out so we encourage you to RSVP!

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2015 Salon: Q&A with Panelist Daniel Jáquez

SALON WEEK IS HERE! Join us at our Directors’ Roundtable tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17th at 7pm, for a peer-led discussion by the Curators about how we can create our own opportunities as directors, and what kind of challenges we face in doing so. Then, come back to The Wild Project on Wednesday, March 18th at 7pm for our Q&A Panel with professional directors Rachel Chavkin, Alec Duffy, and Daniel Jáquez – directors who we feel have successfully forged their own paths in very different ways. 

Panelist Daniel Jáquez, a freelance director and translator (INTAR’s UNIT52, The Lark Play Development Center’s US/Mexico Playwright Exchange, Calpulli Mexican Dance Theatre) with a background ranging from mathematics to Mexican folklore, took the time to answer a few questions about his work and his advice for emerging directors. Join us on March 18th to be able to ask him your own questions! 

Q. You’ve studied and practiced in several other fields before becoming a theatre director – how have these other areas of experience informed and furthered your work as a director?

A. I assume you are referring to my careers in Mathematics, Choreography, and Mexican Folklore. I wouldn’t know what kind of director I would’ve been if I didn’t have all those experiences. I just know that having “a lot” of “life” experience is always a great thing to bring into the creation of theatre. It allows you to dive deeper into the worlds and characters you are putting on the stage. Continue reading

2015 Salon: Q&A with Panelist Rachel Chavkin

The Salon is underway, and we’re kicking off next week with a Directors’ Roundtable on Tuesday, March 17th at 7pm for a peer-led discussion by the Curators about how we can create our own opportunities as directors, and what kind of challenges we face in doing so. The Roundtable will act as a precursor to our Q&A Panel on Wednesday, March 18th with professional directors Rachel Chavkin, Alec Duffy, and Daniel Jáquez – directors who we feel have successfully forged their own paths in very different ways. 

We had the pleasure of asking Rachel Chavkin – the founding Artistic Director of the TEAM as well as a constantly-working freelance director of new plays and musicals – a few questions about her work and her advice for emerging directors. Join us on March 18th to be able to ask her your own questions! Continue reading

2015 Salon: Q&A with “MAN. KIND.” playwright Don Nguyen

It’s the night of the party, y’all! We’re kicking off #year5 of the Salon tonight (and hope to see you there!), and bring you this Q&A with playwright Don Nguyen as his response to our theme “To Serve and Protect” – both personal and in his writing – really excites us.

 Q. In writing for the Directors Salon, how did you interpret the prompt “To Serve and Protect” and how did it inspire “MAN. KIND.”?

A. I was really drawn to the question of what separates service from servitude and who are we obligated to serve and who are we obligated to protect. I wanted to interrogate these notions through the lens of what’s currently been going on in our country and write a timely piece that explore these events, but I gave up and wrote about cave people instead. Continue reading

2013 Salon: Q&A with “The In-Between” director Kareem Fahmy

We are 5 days into the Salon and our directors are rehearsing at spaces all over the city!  Not only do we have 7 directors and 10 actors rehearsing 7 short plays, but 3 director-driven projects helmed by Katherine Brook (Transcripts), Kareem Fahmy (The InBetween), and Shana Solomon (Si Nos Dejan: If They Let Us).  What does “director-driven” mean?  We are interviewing all three directors about their processes to find out their definitions of “director-driven.”  Make sure to check out their works-in-progresses on Saturday, June 22nd at 7:30pm and keep reading for a Q&A with Kareem Fahmy about his piece, The In-Between.

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2013 Salon: Thanks to our Artistic Director/Industry Leader Q&A Panelists!

2013 Salon: Thanks to our Artistic Director/Industry Leader Panelists!

Panelists Jennifer Cook (The Field), Ellen Rusconi (SDCF), and Susan Bernfield (New Georges), along with Working Theater’s Producing Artistic Director Mark Plesent, shared their insights with us on a number of topics – networking, self-producing, resources for emerging artists, the director/artistic director relationship, and how make an application stand out.  Thank you so much to our panelists for being a part of the 4th Annual Working Theater Directors Salon and leading such an engaging conversation!

2013 Salon: Q&A with Directors Q&A Panelist Ken Rus Schmoll

The 4th Annual Working Theater Directors Salon kicks off TONIGHT!  Join us at our opening night party tonight (at which you can actually put your name in a hat and be directing something that goes up on Sunday!),  attend panels with directors and artistic directors on Tuesday and Wednesday, and enjoy our final performances on Saturday and Sunday – please stop by the June Havoc Theatre this week and and take advantage of the free opportunities we offer for emerging NYC directors!

Tomorrow night is our Directors Q&A Panel at which professional NYC directors Nelson Eusebio, Ken Rus Schmoll, Daniella Topol, and Tamilla Woodard will be sharing how they built their careers as well as answering any questions you may have about the directing world.  Below, Directors Q&A Panelist Ken Rus Schmoll (co-chair of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, another great group for emerging directors and playwrights!) shares his creative habits and what excites him about new work. Continue reading

2013 Salon: Q&A with “Ten Page Manifesto” Playwright Mike Lew

We’re so excited to have Mike Lew as one of our Directors Salon playwrights this year.  He’s currently blowing up the blog-o-sphere with his thoughts on issues such as gender parity in the theater, casting actors of color, and interning at NYC theater companies (and Mike is married to the awesome playwright Rehana Lew Mirza, who wrote the hilarious short play “The Waiting Game” for the 2012 Salon, directed by Daniela Thome!). 

Mike’s short play “Ten Page Manifesto” will be performed on the final night of the Salon (Sunday, June 23rd at 7:30pm), so make sure to check out the show, OR come to the opening night party on Monday, June 17th at 7pm for a chance to direct it yourself!  Keep reading for a Q&A with Mike about his play in the Salon as well as his thoughts on the playwright/director relationship (and how to even go about forming one).

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Q&A with 2013 Salon Director Katherine Brook on her project “Transcripts”

As we stated in our HowlRound blog post that was published yesterday (!), the Salon’s night of Director-Driven work is one of our most difficult events to curate as we not only choose projects that we feel are exciting in terms of content and style, but to work together as an evening and truly benefit from the resources we offer.  This year’s Director-Driven directors are Katherine Brook (Transcripts), Kareem Fahmy (The InBetween), and Shana Solomon (Untitled Immigration Project).  Make sure to check out their works-in-progresses on Saturday, June 22nd at 7:30pm and keep reading for a Q&A with Katherine about her piece, Transcripts.

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