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Workshop: Directing Level 1 - Directing Basics with Scott Hurst



St. John’s Anglican Church, 29 Church Street, Cookstown


$110 (subsidies available)

The preferred method of payment is an e-transfer from your bank account to* by September 19th.

*Please note you're not sending money by email, this address is the Payee for e-transfer purposes. Please note what class you're paying for in the Message section of the e-transfer. If you are not set up to pay by e-transfer please leave a message at 705-458-4432 and the Box Office Staff will contact you if you wish to pay by Visa or MasterCard.

For more information, and to register your interest, please contact Scott Hurst at or text him at 705-229-7862.

What goes on in a Directing Workshop?

Whether it’s a musical or a non-musical play the Director is the person who defines the united vision for a production and, working with the various designers and department heads, they discuss all aspects of a production to ensure that everyone is on the same “page” and everyone is on the same “calendar.”

In this four week workshop participants will explore:

  • text analysis of a non-musical play (musicals will be discussed briefly)

  • how to create a realistic rehearsal schedule and production calendar

  • how to work effectively with the design team (sets, props, costumes, lighting, sound)

  • how to conduct effective rehearsals and create a safe rehearsal room

  • how to work with a wide variety of actors and characters

  • various ways to help the actors to block themselves naturally

  • how to know when to play and when to encourage consistency

  • moving from theory to practice with “live” actors

Each week there will be a mix of “round table” discussions and putting things “on their feet” in a practical manner. Due to the nature of this workshop participants are encouraged to do some homework between classes and, as each class is cumulative regular attendance is recommended. There will be weekly handouts to take away.

Class size is limited to 6 participants maximum. Ages 18+ welcome.


Meet Scott Hurst

A survivor of 48 years in professional and community theatre, Scott has earned a living as an actor, singer, dancer, director, writer and producer, and his resume includes seasons at the Stratford Festival, Charlottetown Festival, Blyth Festival, Thousand Islands Playhouse, and National Arts Centre. Locally he is known for his extensive work with The South Simcoe Theatre, Kempenfelt Community Players, Talk is Free Theatre, Theatre by the Bay, Huronia Players, and the Orillia Sunshine Festival. He's very happy to be able to offer affordable group classes and individual coaching again in Simcoe County.


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