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Course B: What Is the Meaning of This!
Tutor: Geoff O’Keeffe

Course Outline

Revealing the play

An introduction to the creative art of directing script, designed for new directors, or anyone who would like to develop and expand their directing skills. The course participants will consider what a director does from choosing the play, having a vision, finding magic moments, working with actors, and collaborating with the creative team.

The course will primarily focus on ways in which directors work with actors to explore and reveal the dramatic content of a script. Directors will discover ways of mining theatre subtext, discovering what lies within and between the lines, to reveal characters, their relationships and conflicts and so maximise the dramatic potential of a play.

Participants are asked to bring with them a short scene from a play that excites them, with no more than 3 actors in the scene. Directing students should be willing to act as well as direct. Creative collaboration and teamwork are core directing skills. This course provides a group-orientated, dynamic and imaginative approach to Theatre directing in an atmosphere which is relaxed, supportive and fun.

 

About the tutor

Geoff O’ Keeffe is a native of Cavan Town. He initially trained in Visual Art and holds a Diploma in Fine Art and a Diploma for Art and Design Teachers. His interest in collaborative arts, brought him to the theatre, where he uses a strong visual aesthetic in his theatre practice. Geoff now works as a professional theatre director and actor. He holds an MA in Theatre Studies from DCU and in 2010 he completed further training at The Focus Theatre Actor’s Studio. He has trained under the tutelage of a wide range of theatre practitioners, including; Chrissie Poulter, Blue Raincoats, Nick Philippou, Wayne Jordan and extensively with Geoff Colman, Head of Acting at Central School of Speech and

Geoff has directed extensively for Mill Productions. His credits include Shakespeare’s Macbeth, King Lear, Hamlet, Othello and Romeo and Juliet. Other work for the company includes, The Twits, Fantastic Mr Fox at the dlr Mill Theatre and on tour and James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, God of Carnage, Frank Pig Say’s Hello, Sharon’s Grave and A Christmas Carol.