Directing and Choreographing New Musicals: Dan Knechtges
At its 2013 Emerging Artist Symposium on Musicals, SDCF hosted Tony nominated Dan Knechtges (Lysistrata Jones, Xanadu, Spelling Bee) in conversation with Producing Director Ellen Rusconi on his experiences directing and choreographing musicals from the classics to more contemporary works. From his theatre experiences while growing up in Cleveland to his transition from performer to the other side of the table, this discussion - peppered with a dash of humor, sentiment, and survival jobs - examines Dan's process of learning to create musical theatre and launching a career. Listen in as he shares his techniques of choreographic patterning and sustaining creativity and control in the rehearsal room and provides sound advice on ways to feed and enrich craft. The conversation explores key tactics in working with stage managers and writers, time management when developing a new work, and elevating taste in the most unlikely, yet scrumptious of ways.