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[EN] In these workshops, acclaimed director and former TalentLAB jury member Katie Mitchell will focus on the hard and soft skills essential to the job of directing, offering the participants concrete and straightforward techniques. Over the course of 5 sessions, participants will step through the timeline of making a production from early analysis of the text or libretto until the opening night, including methods for self-analysis, pathways for skill building and tips about how to plan a career.

Katie Mitchell is a Professor of Theatre Directing at Royal Holloway University and a practising theatre and opera director.
She has directed over 100 productions in a career spanning 30 years. She has directed 74 theatre productions, initially in the UK and then from 2000 onwards in Europe also, including the cities Amsterdam, Milan, Berlin, Stockholm, Vienna, Salzburg and Hamburg. She has directed 30 operas in countries that include UK, Holland, France, Germany and Denmark. In the UK she has directed 9 productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company, 19 for the National Theatre and 12 for The Royal Court – and she has been an Associate Director at all three organisations. She is currently a resident artist at the Schaubühne (Berlin) and the Deutsches Schauspielhaus (Hamburg). She has just finished a seven-year residency at the Aix-en-Provence Festival (France) and in 2015 the Stadsschouwburg Theatre in Amsterdam hosted a retrospective of her work, presenting 8 productions from across Europe. 

Online workshops organised on Webex / Limited to 20 participants / Reserved for former TalentLAB project leaders, theatre and opera directors and other performing arts professionals / Participants must be available for all 5 sessions / Participation is free / Please register by
e-mail: / A link allowing you to join the workshops will be sent to you before each session.

Mardi 9 juin de 10h00 à 13h00
Introduction to the skills necessary to be a theatre director
An overview of the hard and soft skills essential for directing and a description of how those skills operate across the time-line of making a production, including pathways for skill improvement.

Jeudi 11 juin de 10h00 à 13h00
How to analyse the text
A ten-step process to break down and analyse the text ready for rehearsals, including advice on how to work with living writers.

Mardi 16 juin de 10h00 à 13h00
How to create a concept
A simple guide to building a concept including techniques for checking it is watertight, followed by a description of how to work on concept with the set designer.

Lundi 22 juin de 10h00 à 13h00
How to prepare for rehearsals
Guidelines about preparing for rehearsals, including how to work with the sound, music, movement and do casting. 

Jeudi 25 juin de 10h00 à 13h00
An overview of the rehearsal process
A step by step guide to the stages of rehearsals from the first day through until technical rehearsals in the theatre.