Mondays, March 27 through May 1
6:45–9:15 p.m. ET

Reserve by March 26, 11:59 p.m. ET

Instructor: Samantha Wyer Bello
Prior Experience: Directing for the Stage or equivalent.

In this follow-up to Directing for the Stage, you will examine approaches to build a meaningful “playground”  for your plays among your creative team. Focus will be on practical applications and considerations in a successful theatrical design process. Each class will focus on a designer on your team (Set, Costumes, Lights, Sound, Video, and Stage Managers) and how collaboration with other experts can lead to building the production of your dreams.

Samantha Wyer Bello, STC Senior Director of Engagement and Education
Years Teaching with STC: 10
Directing Website:
Directing Highlights: To Kill a Mockingbird, I Am My Own Wife, Noises Off! and Wetback by Elaine Romero
Why I Teach: What a joy it is to share ideas and thoughts with a group of artists as students that are in an exploration of how they stage stories for others. Each class is unique to those in the room – online or a shared space.
What Her Students Say: “Anyone who is considering this class absolutely should. I would never have been able to take a class with Samantha, since we are on opposite sides of the states. But thanks to this online class, I started to connect and meet with like-minded students, while also learning some amazing skills.”

Samantha Wyer Bello is the Senior Director of Engagement and Education at Shakespeare Theatre Company. For STC, Ms. Bello directed Will on the Hill 2020 and Will on the Hill 2021, readings of Ada and the EngineThe Ruby Sunrise, A Number, Proof, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Arcadia, R.U.R., and Miss Evers’ Boys in partnership with the National Academy of Sciences. She also created/adapted STC’s A Mini-Summer Night’s Dream and The Tiny Tempest. Previously, she served as Associate Artistic Director for Arizona Theatre Company. Ms. Bello has directed for Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Childsplay, Inc., Voice and Vision – NY, Playwright’s Center, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, and Edinburgh Fringe in Scotland. Ms. Bello has been a grants panelist and guest speaker for arts organizations including DC Commission on Arts and Humanities and Theatre Communications Group and has taught and directed for Brescia University, University of Missouri, Arizona State University, and University of Arizona. Ms. Bello received her MFA in Acting/Directing at University of Missouri and is a proud member of SDC.

Collaboration for the Director

March 27–May 1

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