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Directing Workshop Intensive 10am - 2pm 12 9

Oct 3 - 24; Saturdays, 10am - 2pm

By popular demand! Whether you are a novice or experienced director, award winning Actor & Director, Dorinda Toner, wants to help you get the most out of your directorial experience.  Learn how to glean the most from your script, your cast, and your overall production. Script analysis, processes & project management, casting, blocking, problem solving in the room, building space for discovery, exercises to induce growth, boundaries and expectations, personal style, co-creation and more will all be discussed. Directors will not only learn theory they will have an opportunity to workshop ideas and interact with actors and learn from other directors in the room.

Week One:  What Does the Script Say?

Preparation and Project Management for the Director: Topics covered: Script Analysis, Visioning, production Staffing, Casting the ‘Right’ People, Setting the Rehearsal/Discovery Schedule, Planning for the Unexpected, Boundaries and Expectations.

Week Two:  Who are You and Where do I go?

The Director as a PERSON and the Magical Art of Storytelling through Blocking: Who YOU are is what you bring to the table, Communication Styles and appropriate places to use them, building trust and respect.  Blocking as a Storytelling tool.  Types of blocking, Drafting blocking in your script/ blocking shorthand, Using your SM for good, Practical application.

Week Three: But, But This is Rehearsal – We Don’t Have Time for That! 

Making Space for Discovery and Creating the right Environment:  Creating environment, Bad behaviors explained, Using exercises to open creativity, the Best and Worst use of Rehearsal Time, Problem solving in the room, Stop being afraid to STOP.

Week Four: If We Co-Create It – Am I Still the Boss? 

What co-creation look like: Giving designers voice in my vision, The actors are not the enemy – respecting the work, Who brings what to the table, Finishing touches, Accountability.

About the Instructor:

Dorinda Toner has been performing on stages across North America for over 34 years. She studied Theater and Directing at University in her native country of Canada where she is also a multi-album Canadian Recording Artist.  

Dorinda has directed dozens of plays and has won several awards for her work. Marat/Sade for which she was Director and Vocal Director recently won Twitties for Best Director, Best Ensemble and Best Overall Production. She directed Every Christmas Story Ever Told which won both a Twittie and a Sparkle award for its ensemble work. Spamalot! (HART), for which she was Director and Musical Director won the Applause NW Ovation Award for Favorite Regional Theater Show of the Year (2015). Her direction of Wit earned her the Slocum Award for Best Show of the Season, 2009. Some other shows that gained rave critical review are: The December Man, Becky’s New Car, The Heidi Chronicles, The Curious Savage, Pride & Prejudice & The Laramie Project

You may have seen Dorinda most recently as Madge in The Game’s Afoot (Twilight Theater), Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire (Winner - Outstanding Performance by a female lead Twittie, Winner - Best Regional Actress Applause NW Ovation Award), Kate Keller in All My Sons (New Century Players, Nomination - Best Actress Regional Applause NW Ovation), Cynthia in Looking for Olivia (Twilight Theater, Nomination - Best Actress Regional Applause NW Ovation) a singing, dancing 'Shopper' in She Loves Me (Lakewood Theater, Drammy Best Ensemble Winner), Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes (HART, Nomination - Best Actress Regional Applause NW Ovation),  Susy in Wait Until Dark (Lovestreet Playhouse & Magenta Theaters, Winner - ADA  Ms. Spotlight Outstanding Performance Award) and Aunt Abby in Arsenic & Old Lace (Winner Standing Ovation Award for a Lead Performance, Magenta Theater). Other favorite roles include Joanne' in RENT, Becca' in Rabbit Hole, 'Sally' in You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, 'Mrs Meers' in Thoroughly Modern Millie and 'Janis Joplin' in The Best of Rock and Roll.  

Dorinda has served on several Non-profit Theatre boards and has been the Producing Artistic Director of Twilight Theater Company in north Portland since May, 2016.