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David Chambers interview and Lecture Demonstration (12th June)

Contemporary Directions

The Stanislavski Centre presents

Contemporary Directions

 David Chambers

Professor David Chambers (Yale School of Theatre)

Thursday 12th June, 2014

14.00: An interview with Colin Ellwood (curator of the Contemporary Directions project)

18.00: A lecture demonstration on active analysis, using Chekhov text.

in The Barn Theatre, Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, Sidcup, DA15 9DF.

David Chambers is a director, writer, and producer of theatre, opera, film, and television, whose stage work has been seen on and off Broadway, at major regional theatres around the U.S., and at theatres in Europe. He has staged numerous U.S. premieres of American, Canadian, British, and European plays and original translations at theatres such as Broadway’s ANTA, Circle in the Square, the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Guthrie Theater, the Goodman Theatre, the Shakespeare Theatre Company, and the Yale Repertory Theatre. In addition he has directed half the Shakespeare canon and the major plays of Moliere, as well as numerous other classical and modern plays. He has enjoyed long-term artistic relationships with South Coast Repertory in California where he is an Artistic Associate, Washington DC’s famed Arena Stage, where he also served as Associate Producing Director and later as Producer, and the Yale Repertory Theatre, as a resident director. Chambers is Professor of Directing at Yale School of Drama where since 1987 he has taught everything from Shakespeare in performance for actors and directors to intensive text analysis to devised contemporary theatre. In addition, he co-founded and was the American producer for The Meyerhold Project, a co-venture between the Yale School of Drama and the Saint Petersburg Academy of Theater Arts. This project, which spanned several years, ultimately created an independent production about revolutionary director Vsevolod Meyerhold’s 1926 landmark staging of Gogol’s Inspector General. The performance, complete with biomechanics, digital media, and internet activity was ultimately presented in Russia, Holland, and the U.S. Chambers received a 2011 Likhachev Foundation Fellowship to continue his studies of Russian theatre techniques, and to continue to develop U.S./Russia music and theatre collaborative events.

For further details of this event, please contact Dr Paul Fryer (paul.fryer@bruford.ac.uk)

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