Totally exhausted by the stress and the effort of trying to *do my best* at the Directing Actors workshop but newsflash: I developed something like laser vision which lasted pretty much all weekend. Thrilling is not a strong enough word for what it felt like to suddenly be able to see what’s not working in a scene and then to apply Adrienne’s tools and direct the actors to make it come even more alive.
Now I'm pretty sure I managed to alienate some of the other students cause I just had SO MUCH to share but guess what? It didn't feel like hot coals burning through my cheeks or the chorus of "Shame SHAME!" echoing in my head. I didn't even care that much. Is it possible that I've turned a corner with the chronic people-pleasing. Whattt?? Really?
This new recklessness has to have been at least partly because of our teacher Adrienne Weiss who is brilliant and hugely supportive. It also had something to do with my very talented and generous fellow students who put themselves right out there and made me feel safe to do the same. Here are two of them, Michelle Chai and Yianna Dellatolla.
I didn’t want to make a spectacle of myself photographing everyone in the class like I was a reporter or something so you'll have to fill in the rest of the picture with your imagination.