International Stage Directors Lab
Launchpad for aspiring choreographers and directors
is not a fantastic idea, nor a utopia.
This is the theatre for which many of us, directors
leaders of groups, trained for a long time."
IUGTE Stage Directors Lab offers a unique “launchpad” for directing practice to:
The world of contemporary theatre is full of aspiring directors however theatre is a tough business to break into. On the one hand, theatres often do not risk inviting a young director, on the other, you can learn and improve the versatile director’s craft only by doing it, and you cannot direct all on your own - you need actors, and a play and a theatre.
We believe that contemporary theatre needs talented directing, and young professionals deserve international attention.
Our mission is to identify outstanding creative minds and to help them open doors and bridges to possibilities.
International Stage Directors Lab has strong connections and collaborators. Directors can get an opportunity to realize their creative ideas in unique professional circumstances – creating a performance with professional actors on the stage of repertory theatres.
The more you know about theatre industry, the better you will be at the directing game. The Lab is a great opportunity to become familiar with work at repertory theatre as a “creative factory” where you can develop a variety of relationships with all kind of professionals, hone your entrepreneurial skills and make useful contacts with performers, artistic crew, playwrights, technical crew, audiences, theatre managers, sponsors, pressmen, etc.
Most significant directing works created in the Lab framework may have further development perspective – to be included in constant repertoire of theatres, tours, festivals, collaboration projects, etc.
"Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it".
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
How it works and how to join IUGTE Stage Directors Lab network?
There are several ways how you can join the Lab.
o start helping you establish and develop your career internationally, w
We offer various formats for creative meeting points where we can find out more about your professional interests and creative ideas:
e need to get to know you and your approach to work.
What is the first step?
1. Tell us about yourself. Send us your information:
2. Select the meeting format and send us the letter of motivation (in free form).
"I loved the international aspect of the group, connecting with people from different cultures and the cross-disciplines of actors, directors and choreographers. I enjoyed the social outings to dinner and the laughs, fun and conversations we shared. It was stimulating to discover how other people made theatre work in their country and what challenges they faced, both personally and professionally."
Audrey Jenkinson, UK
"You changed my entire approach to acting and directing that my students and I will treasure forever.
It's wonderful to see that you continue to spread your technique to theatre artists from around the world."
Lorna Strand (USA)
"I learnt how to give clear and brief instructions to actors through the process I was given instructions. Compared with knowledge learnt through words, what I could learn through body was wisdom, which might last longer with a greater effect. As a director, I realized that getting actors involved and experienced somatically was much more effective than intellectual discussions".
Siu Hei Chung, Hong Kong
"I greatly miss everyone I met and worked with in the workshop and I truly hope that I can work with all of them again one day. I ended the workshop on a positive note, knowing that I have grown and developed in my acting skills - with knowledge that I can also impart to my very own young speech and drama students in Singapore".
Jamie Shawn Tan, Singapore
"I would definitely use this work with actors, in both developing an ensemble energy, trust and dynamic and also ongoing throughout rehearsals to develop sense awareness and physical presence".
Michelle Miall, Austrialia
"Throughout my long career in theatre I have had the chance to study with a great number of instructors, unfortunately an excessively great number of them were a waist of my time, where I had to force myself to find what was it exactly the thing I was learning. I am so grateful that you made this few days of training so creatively rich. There was so much substance to work with and develop, that the time seemed to be always too little".
Daniel Dewald, Finland