Meeting Deadlines!

Last week, I sent my book and all supporting materials off to my publisher in London (Methuen Drama, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing).  The title of the book, by the way, is Keith Johnstone: A Critical Biography.  Methuen Drama is anticipating an August 2013 release.  Once the exact release date is set, I will let everyone know!

This upcoming week, my Directing Class students will put up their 10-Minute Play Festival over three nights.  14 directors presenting 14 ten-minute plays from Actors Theatre of Louisville national ten-minute play contests.  Since Danville is only an hour from Louisville, I decided selecting plays from this event would be fitting.  I am really looking forward to seeing my student’s work.  It is a great group of young directors!

Two weeks ago, my production of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard (using Stoppard’s adaptation) closed here at Centre College.  We had a very successful run, albeit too short.  Unfortunately, the local paper doesn’t review DramaCentre productions but the responses from faculty and students have been overwhelmingly positive.  One faculty member told me our production compared favorably to a production he had seen at the Théâtre National de Strasbourg! Yes, I am saving these responses for my directing portfolio!  My sister edited the filmed footage that Dale took with 2 cameras of the opening performance.  To see video clips and also production photos (taken by my fabulous lighting designer Matthew Hallock), go to my Media Page (Scenic design by Kate Dunlap.  Costume design by Martha Peñaranda).

What comes next for me?  Over the three-week winter term here at Centre College, I will be teaching my own course—“Impro for People Skills”—and taking a group of 16 students to Chicago’s Second City and Improv Olympic.  Dale gets to join me on this trip!  I will also be mentoring a lovely, bright student on her senior directing project.  In the spring, I am teaching Dramatic Literature and an advanced Impro course.  But I won’t be directing a show or writing a book in the spring and I am really looking forward to just teaching.  Well, I am sure my schedule will quickly fill up with all sorts of events.  That’s okay.  I like being busy.

I hope everyone had a Thanksgiving full of love and laughter!