Actor-coaching

Actor-coaching

Actor-coaching: The aspect of directing I think would be, not only the most fun, but the most fitting for me would be, actor-coaching. This position

The aspect of directing I think would be, not only the most fun, but the most fitting for me would be,
actor-coaching. This position's goal is to stimulate proactive teamwork, leading the cast and inspiring
them (Cohen & Sherman, 2017). Actor-coaching involves direct interaction with the cast, guiding them
and giving constructive feedback without being too harsh. Being too harsh or dictating every move can
suppress an actors creativity (Cohen & Sherman, 2017). I feel as though I would be able to compose
myself in a fashion that is stern, but understanding. In other words, I would want my actors to understand
my points of view but not be overwhelmed by my ideas. Some of the best actors could be discouraged by
a director's actions or communication level. 
        I think the aspect of directing that would be the least fun is the presenting of the play. The book
states that "nobody is more useless on the opening night than the director" (Cohen & Sherman,2017, p.
173). The director on opening night is just another audience member. Their purpose is no longer valid.
After all the hard work put into directing a play, watching the performance may be personally satisfying
but extremely stressful. Watching the production that was put together would not be enjoyable for me. I
would be worrying that something would not go right or may realize errors or things that could have been
changed last minute, but is too late now. 
        I work in healthcare so I have taken charge in critical situations. Even with my comfort level in certain
situations, it is still stressful. What you know is right, may still not work. Thinking about a patient
deteriorating or one arriving in cardiac arrest, the patient could be deemed as the project, while the
healthcare team involves staging, actor-coaching, and pacing. Staging to make sure everyone is in their
correct position, actor-coaching to promote teamwork and communication, and pacing the timing of
certain procedures/care. When everyone works as a team and understands their specific role, the end
result is typically better than if their was not planned roles.
Cohen, R., & Sherman, D. (2017). Theatre, Brief Loose Leaf (11th ed.). New York, NY:
McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

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Benjamin Arldt 
RE: The director

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Cohen and Sherman (2017) stated, “Good directors lead their casts; great directors inspire them” (p.
169). This is true in whatever we do as a leader. It has been noted the difference between a manager and
a leader. A leader is exactly that; they lead and service the people they are directing. I have directed,
managed major projects, and led various teams. It is an exciting role to which you find success or failure.
Directors collaborate with the actors and other production members, puts all the pieces together, and
draws out the talents of the cast (Cohen & Sherman, 2017). In my experience, I have seen praise through
success and lessons through failure. In the end, the audience becomes the judge of success and failure,
and the actor and the director are now partner and equals (Cohen & Sherman, 2017, p. 173). There was
a play I was directing once where everything looked great in the final rehearsals, but come performance
time, things fell apart with wrong cues and onstage mistakes. It was a helpless feeling that we could only
regroup behind stage and press onward.

I really enjoy the casting and actor-coaching pieces of the production. “An old cliché states that ‘casting is
90 percent of directing’” (Cohen & Sherman, 2017, p. 161). The point is that it is a very important piece
and a launching board for the play. The right casting makes it easier for the director to bring the play to
life. It is also easier for the director to collaborate with the actors. I have been a part of productions where
the director only focused on the staging and technical aspect; and while the stage looked great, the
casting was not, and the acting suffered. Directors prove their craft in having an all-around knowledge of
the theatre and can put all the piece of the theatrical puzzle together (Cohen & Sherman, 2017, p. 174).
There are aspects that I struggle with; for example, I would not do well in a musical because of my lack of
musical and choreographing talents. In addition, one of the biggest challenges I have faced is in the
technical and lighting pieces of the theatre. It is a necessity to the play, but it can be a long and tedious
process. Of course, with the right lighting and technical effects, it perfects the details of the entire play.
Even with these challenges, I love the role of being a director and a leader.
Reference
Cohen, R. & Sherman, D. (2017). Theatre, Brief, (11th ed.). [Yuzu]. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill
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