Director Playwright Collaboration
On Tuesday, March 29, 1988, Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation and New Dramatists hosted a seminar on the director-playwright relationship with directors Tony Giordano, Pamela Berlin, Paul Benedict, and Woodie King, Jr., and writers Steve Carter, Jack Heifner, John Bishop and Reinaldo Povod. This lively ninety-minute conversation includes discussions of the director's role on a new play, what playwrights look for in a director, and colorful nature of the collaboration described as a marriage, an affair and a divorce. Other topics include the role of the producer as mediator and ownership of the play along with several horror stories of disastrous collaborations. Anyone interested in the current national conversation about new play development and playwrights should listen to this podcast to discover just how much and how little the director-playwright relationship has evolved over the past twenty-two years.