AWD is pleased to present the Fellows for its 2023 Directing the Actor Lab:
(from left to right) Kay Barnes, Dilek Ince, Erin Lau, April Moreau, Kelly Pike, Monique Sorgen, Marissa Vonn, Kameishia Wooten, and Dorothy Xiao.
AWD’s Directing the Actor Lab is a popular annual program taught by AWD Founder and USC Professor Jennifer Warren. The selected Directors meet for monthly sessions to enhance their experience working with actors. Topics covered include in-depth scene breakdowns, rehearsal exercises and techniques, and playable direction and adjustments for actors.
Throughout the lab each of the participating directors chooses a scene from an established screenplay, casts it, and holds a rehearsal during class, where they receive feedback in preparation for shooting their scene outside of class. The last class is a screening of all scenes, which is critiqued by the class participants and an invited guest director.