Category: STO Union History

ISOLATING ELEMENTS OR MODULES IN A STORY (ACT ONE: EARLY YEARS UP TO 1999)

Very early on I began to break up the components of the ‘play’ or story into their individual elements, and then I’d magnify them. I would focus an entire project just on one part, one module. By making moments modular, then I could put modules in different configurations in order to create different things. For… Read more »


KNOW WHERE YOU ARE FROM – MY ANCESTORS (ACT ONE: EARLY YEARS UP TO 1999)

Know where you are from. That is Direction #2. Because where you are from shapes the lens you see the world through. This is the direction that I had the most trouble figuring out. I was given this direction while apprenticing with Mr. Karge in Vienna, Austria in 1989. He was originally from East Germany.… Read more »







DON’T BE AFRAID OF NOT KNOWING WHAT TO DO (ACT ONE: EARLY YEARS UP TO 1999)

There is a moment between a director and cast and crew that can get excruciatingly stressful because the show has to go on, whether you are ready or not, and the director doesn’t know what to do to make the show good. The actors might feel like they are about to be completely humiliated in… Read more »


INFLUENCES BRECHT AND CAROLE BURNETT (ACT ONE: EARLY YEARS UP TO 1999)

Two of my biggest influences from my childhood and early adulthood are the German playwright and director, (and theatre revolutionary), Bertolt Brecht, and the American comedienne and producer, Carole Burnett. Brecht had the knowledge about making art during revolutionary times and he advanced the art form fully into the 20th century. And that body of… Read more »