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Sample Exercises: Directing and Design

Directing and design skills are accessible to everyone – check out a few sample exercises and Eli’s original play!

Thanks to Eli Lewis, Mary Ann Daewadeit, and John Newman for creating these videos.

Parts of a stage

Directors need to tell their actors where to go onstage. Upstage, downstage, stage left, stage right, centerstage.

Directors need to tell their actors where to go onstage. Up, down, left, right, center. #directing #inclusive

A video posted by ArtStream Inc. (@artstream_inc) on Aug 31, 2015 at 6:47am PDT


Brainstorm a story

Eli’s original play idea in three parts. Directors will see their own ideas come to life in this class.

The thrilling conclusion to the story of the of little girl and the wolf! #directing #inclusive

A video posted by ArtStream Inc. (@artstream_inc) on Aug 31, 2015 at 7:40am PDT


Costume Design

Costume design is a fun way to define a character. Plus it’s important for actors to understand how much hard work and thought goes into their costumes.

Another time-lapse costume design. Here’s the little girl and her basket of cookies. #inclusive #design

A video posted by ArtStream Inc. (@artstream_inc) on Aug 31, 2015 at 7:44am PDT


Sound Design

Sound design can set the tone for a character. Eli is inspired by the king of silly: Looney Tunes!


Directing Actors

Eli directs two actors to play the Little Girl and the Cookie Wolf. He was really excited to direct his mom, Mary Ann.

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