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Featuring directors from around the metro-Atlanta area as guests, The Directors Roundtable is a lively discussion of various stage directing topics. The roundtable is hosted by Staged Right Theatre's Artistic Director, Starshine Stanfield, and Associate Artistic Director, Jim Nelson.

Latest Episodes

Drunk Theatre History

Inspired by Derek Water’s “Drunk History” show, we challenged each of member of Staged Right Theatre’s board of directors to share with our listeners one of their favorite bits of theatre history - while drunk. They rose to the challenge and were surprisingly eloquent! The power of theatre rises above the power of alcohol! The segments have been edited for time only - the language and stories remain unfiltered. Sit back, have a drink, and perhaps learn something about theatre history that you didn’t know before! As always, visit www.facebook.com/stagedrighttheatre/ or www.stagedrighttheatre.org/ for more information about our upcoming season! Hosts: Starshine Stanfield, Jim Nelson, Ilene Miller Guests: Ilene Miller (Sarah Bernhardt), Paul Franklin (1919 Actors Strike), Kendal Franklin (Ira Aldridge), Shannon Alexander (History of Burlesque in Theatre) Theme music is 'Heartfelt Wonders' by R. Chandler Bragg The following songs were obtained from Free Music Archive https://freemu...

70 MIN2018 DEC 30
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Drunk Theatre History

Found Space Theatre

In this episode, we talk with director Gene Paulsson about the joys and trials of directing in found space theatre.

49 MIN2018 NOV 21
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Found Space Theatre

The Tyranny of the Musical

In this episode, we talk with music director Heather Estes and director Scott Piehler about the hold musicals have on theatre, especially community theatre. We discuss how community theatres seem to rely heavily on fluffy, Disney-type musicals to fill their seasons and their seats. Are we honoring the art form by relying on (arguably) less-artistic pieces to build our season around? Are we honoring our audiences by not bringing new experiences to the table? And our artistic director faces the question, why do musicals suck so bad? You can find out more about Heather and her hooping (and her adorable dog Seamus) on Instagram: https://imguram.com/user/mezzoheather/47492065 To check out Scott’s work and thoughts on directing and acting, visit him on Facebook or check out his blog: https://www.facebook.com/piehlerdirects/ https://gottaact.blogspot.com/ As always, visit https://www.facebook.com/stagedrighttheatre/ or www.stagedrighttheatre.org/ for more information about our upcoming se...

66 MIN2018 SEP 24
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The Tyranny of the Musical

Stage vs. Screen

In this episode, we take a look at theatre’s sister art form, film, as we discuss the difference between directing film and directing theatre. We had the pleasure of speaking with film director Chani Louise and film and stage actor Dalton Titshaw. You can find out more about Chani and her projects on: Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Chani-Louise-238263740306616/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ_qiHI9bEVZ9o6U-Bv8TKQ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/black.female.creative/ To check out some of Dalton’s work, visit FoFingers Films on Youtube and look for him in “Well Wisher”, “Keep OFF the Grass”, and “Neighborhood Hero 3” https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC60go7p6Hl2TxKkiC5TKk0Q As always, visit www.stagedrighttheatre.org/ for more information about our upcoming season! Hosts: Starshine Stanfield, Jim Nelson Guests: Chani Louise, Dalton Titshaw Theme music is 'Heartfelt Wonders' by R. Chandler Bragg Podcast editor: Starshine Stanfield

106 MIN2018 AUG 27
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Stage vs. Screen

The Importance of Critique in Theatre

It can be difficult - even painful - to hear a harsh critique of a work that you have poured your heart and soul into. Is critique actually important in theatre - especially community theatre? Does it help us grow as artists, or does it just bring us down? We discuss this with Dr. Lee Jones in our sixth episode. For more information about Dr. Jones' current production, Evelyn in Purgatory, visit http://liveartstheatre.org/evelyn-in-purgatory/ As always, visit www.stagedrighttheatre.org/ for more information about Theatre Under The Stars, and our upcoming workshops! Hosts: Starshine Stanfield, Jim Nelson Guests: Lee Jones Theme music is 'Heartfelt Wonders' by R. Chandler Bragg Podcast editor: Starshine Stanfield

56 MIN2018 JUL 24
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The Importance of Critique in Theatre

Entertain or Engage: The Obligation to the Audience

As directors and theatre creators, what do we owe to our audiences and to the community? Instead of viewing our audience merely as passive recipients of our art, do we owe it to them to engage them creatively, intellectually, and emotionally? If we expect them to fork over the ticket money, do we owe them more than easy, unchallenging entertainment or should we inspire and challenge them? Recorded in the Onion Man theatre, we discuss these questions with James, Daniel, and Greg of Onion Man Productions. For more information about the classes and productions, or The Column, at Onion Man Productions, visit their website: https://www.onionmanproductions.com/ For more information about Daniel Guyton’s plays, visit: http://www.danguyton.com/ As always, visit http://www.stagedrighttheatre.org/ for more information about Theatre Under The Stars, and our upcoming workshops! Hosts: Starshine Stanfield, Jim Nelson Guests: James Beck, Daniel Guyton, Greg Fitzgerald Theme music is 'Heartfelt W...

55 MIN2018 JUN 27
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Entertain or Engage: The Obligation to the Audience

The Art of Blocking

Blocking may be the least understood aspect of the art of directing. Yet blocking is so fundamental to the center of every theatrical show that if it is designed ineffectively, the show is always poorer for it. Joan McElroy and Robbie Summerour join us to discuss how we as directors approach the art of blocking. Tickets for In Lieu of Flowers by Daphne Mintz can be purchased through www.onionmanproductions.com. Remaining show times are May 18, 19, 20. If you're interested in auditioning for Joan's upcoming production of The Rainmaker, auditions are June 10 -11. You can sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c48abad22a31-auditions1 Inquiries regarding auditions can be emailed directly to Joan at whatevermom@comcast.net. For information about Robbie's production of Romeo and Juliet, check New Dawn Theatre's website: http://www.newdawntheatercompany.com/ Hosts: Starshine Stanfield, Jim Nelson Guests: Joan McElroy, Robbie Summerour Theme music is 'Heartfelt Wonders' by R. Chandl...

75 MIN2018 MAY 19
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The Art of Blocking

Creating Inside The Box

Phrases such as "outside the box" and "coloring outside the lines" are often used to describe creativity. In our third episode, Spencer Estes of Serenbe Playhouse and veteran Atlanta director Scott Rousseau join our managing director Kendal Franklin to discuss with us the benefits of creating *inside* the box - how rules and parameters set free our creativity. Hosts: Starshine Stanfield, Jim Nelson Guests: Spencer Estes, Scott Rousseau, Kendal Franklin Theme music is 'Heartfelt Wonders' by R. Chandler Bragg Podcast editor: Starshine Stanfield For more about the fantastic outdoor theatre Spencer helps create in Serenbe, visit http://www.serenbeplayhouse.com/ For more about Staged Right Theatre, please visit us at www.stagedrighttheatre.org

67 MIN2018 APR 24
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Creating Inside The Box

Behind The Casting Table

In the second episode of The Director's Roundtable, new director Carrie McGuffin joins us to discuss casting a show from the director's perspective. Hosts: Starshine Stanfield, Jim Nelson Guests: Carrie McGuffin Theme music is 'Heartfelt Wonders' by R. Chandler Bragg Podcast editor: Journey Stanfield For more about Staged Right Theatre, please visit us at www.stagedrighttheatre.org To purchase tickets to Carrie's directorial debut, The Curious Savage at Main Street Theatre, visit http://www.tuckertheatre.com/tickets.html And to see Carrie and Jim in Onionheads, visit https://www.onionmanproductions.com/the-onion-heads.html

50 MIN2018 APR 4
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Behind The Casting Table

The Community of Community Theatre

The premier episode of Staged Right Theatre's new podcast. Members of Staged Right's board and staff discuss and debate the role of community theatre. Hosts: Starshine Stanfield, Jim Nelson Guests: Kendal Franklin, Paul Franklin, Ilene Miller Theme music is 'Heartfelt Wonders' by R. Chandler Bragg Podcast editor: Journey Stanfield

61 MIN2018 FEB 15
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The Community of Community Theatre
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Latest Episodes

Drunk Theatre History

Inspired by Derek Water’s “Drunk History” show, we challenged each of member of Staged Right Theatre’s board of directors to share with our listeners one of their favorite bits of theatre history - while drunk. They rose to the challenge and were surprisingly eloquent! The power of theatre rises above the power of alcohol! The segments have been edited for time only - the language and stories remain unfiltered. Sit back, have a drink, and perhaps learn something about theatre history that you didn’t know before! As always, visit www.facebook.com/stagedrighttheatre/ or www.stagedrighttheatre.org/ for more information about our upcoming season! Hosts: Starshine Stanfield, Jim Nelson, Ilene Miller Guests: Ilene Miller (Sarah Bernhardt), Paul Franklin (1919 Actors Strike), Kendal Franklin (Ira Aldridge), Shannon Alexander (History of Burlesque in Theatre) Theme music is 'Heartfelt Wonders' by R. Chandler Bragg The following songs were obtained from Free Music Archive https://freemu...

70 MIN2018 DEC 30
Comments
Drunk Theatre History

Found Space Theatre

In this episode, we talk with director Gene Paulsson about the joys and trials of directing in found space theatre.

49 MIN2018 NOV 21
Comments
Found Space Theatre

The Tyranny of the Musical

In this episode, we talk with music director Heather Estes and director Scott Piehler about the hold musicals have on theatre, especially community theatre. We discuss how community theatres seem to rely heavily on fluffy, Disney-type musicals to fill their seasons and their seats. Are we honoring the art form by relying on (arguably) less-artistic pieces to build our season around? Are we honoring our audiences by not bringing new experiences to the table? And our artistic director faces the question, why do musicals suck so bad? You can find out more about Heather and her hooping (and her adorable dog Seamus) on Instagram: https://imguram.com/user/mezzoheather/47492065 To check out Scott’s work and thoughts on directing and acting, visit him on Facebook or check out his blog: https://www.facebook.com/piehlerdirects/ https://gottaact.blogspot.com/ As always, visit https://www.facebook.com/stagedrighttheatre/ or www.stagedrighttheatre.org/ for more information about our upcoming se...

66 MIN2018 SEP 24
Comments
The Tyranny of the Musical

Stage vs. Screen

In this episode, we take a look at theatre’s sister art form, film, as we discuss the difference between directing film and directing theatre. We had the pleasure of speaking with film director Chani Louise and film and stage actor Dalton Titshaw. You can find out more about Chani and her projects on: Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Chani-Louise-238263740306616/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ_qiHI9bEVZ9o6U-Bv8TKQ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/black.female.creative/ To check out some of Dalton’s work, visit FoFingers Films on Youtube and look for him in “Well Wisher”, “Keep OFF the Grass”, and “Neighborhood Hero 3” https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC60go7p6Hl2TxKkiC5TKk0Q As always, visit www.stagedrighttheatre.org/ for more information about our upcoming season! Hosts: Starshine Stanfield, Jim Nelson Guests: Chani Louise, Dalton Titshaw Theme music is 'Heartfelt Wonders' by R. Chandler Bragg Podcast editor: Starshine Stanfield

106 MIN2018 AUG 27
Comments
Stage vs. Screen

The Importance of Critique in Theatre

It can be difficult - even painful - to hear a harsh critique of a work that you have poured your heart and soul into. Is critique actually important in theatre - especially community theatre? Does it help us grow as artists, or does it just bring us down? We discuss this with Dr. Lee Jones in our sixth episode. For more information about Dr. Jones' current production, Evelyn in Purgatory, visit http://liveartstheatre.org/evelyn-in-purgatory/ As always, visit www.stagedrighttheatre.org/ for more information about Theatre Under The Stars, and our upcoming workshops! Hosts: Starshine Stanfield, Jim Nelson Guests: Lee Jones Theme music is 'Heartfelt Wonders' by R. Chandler Bragg Podcast editor: Starshine Stanfield

56 MIN2018 JUL 24
Comments
The Importance of Critique in Theatre

Entertain or Engage: The Obligation to the Audience

As directors and theatre creators, what do we owe to our audiences and to the community? Instead of viewing our audience merely as passive recipients of our art, do we owe it to them to engage them creatively, intellectually, and emotionally? If we expect them to fork over the ticket money, do we owe them more than easy, unchallenging entertainment or should we inspire and challenge them? Recorded in the Onion Man theatre, we discuss these questions with James, Daniel, and Greg of Onion Man Productions. For more information about the classes and productions, or The Column, at Onion Man Productions, visit their website: https://www.onionmanproductions.com/ For more information about Daniel Guyton’s plays, visit: http://www.danguyton.com/ As always, visit http://www.stagedrighttheatre.org/ for more information about Theatre Under The Stars, and our upcoming workshops! Hosts: Starshine Stanfield, Jim Nelson Guests: James Beck, Daniel Guyton, Greg Fitzgerald Theme music is 'Heartfelt W...

55 MIN2018 JUN 27
Comments
Entertain or Engage: The Obligation to the Audience

The Art of Blocking

Blocking may be the least understood aspect of the art of directing. Yet blocking is so fundamental to the center of every theatrical show that if it is designed ineffectively, the show is always poorer for it. Joan McElroy and Robbie Summerour join us to discuss how we as directors approach the art of blocking. Tickets for In Lieu of Flowers by Daphne Mintz can be purchased through www.onionmanproductions.com. Remaining show times are May 18, 19, 20. If you're interested in auditioning for Joan's upcoming production of The Rainmaker, auditions are June 10 -11. You can sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c48abad22a31-auditions1 Inquiries regarding auditions can be emailed directly to Joan at whatevermom@comcast.net. For information about Robbie's production of Romeo and Juliet, check New Dawn Theatre's website: http://www.newdawntheatercompany.com/ Hosts: Starshine Stanfield, Jim Nelson Guests: Joan McElroy, Robbie Summerour Theme music is 'Heartfelt Wonders' by R. Chandl...

75 MIN2018 MAY 19
Comments
The Art of Blocking

Creating Inside The Box

Phrases such as "outside the box" and "coloring outside the lines" are often used to describe creativity. In our third episode, Spencer Estes of Serenbe Playhouse and veteran Atlanta director Scott Rousseau join our managing director Kendal Franklin to discuss with us the benefits of creating *inside* the box - how rules and parameters set free our creativity. Hosts: Starshine Stanfield, Jim Nelson Guests: Spencer Estes, Scott Rousseau, Kendal Franklin Theme music is 'Heartfelt Wonders' by R. Chandler Bragg Podcast editor: Starshine Stanfield For more about the fantastic outdoor theatre Spencer helps create in Serenbe, visit http://www.serenbeplayhouse.com/ For more about Staged Right Theatre, please visit us at www.stagedrighttheatre.org

67 MIN2018 APR 24
Comments
Creating Inside The Box

Behind The Casting Table

In the second episode of The Director's Roundtable, new director Carrie McGuffin joins us to discuss casting a show from the director's perspective. Hosts: Starshine Stanfield, Jim Nelson Guests: Carrie McGuffin Theme music is 'Heartfelt Wonders' by R. Chandler Bragg Podcast editor: Journey Stanfield For more about Staged Right Theatre, please visit us at www.stagedrighttheatre.org To purchase tickets to Carrie's directorial debut, The Curious Savage at Main Street Theatre, visit http://www.tuckertheatre.com/tickets.html And to see Carrie and Jim in Onionheads, visit https://www.onionmanproductions.com/the-onion-heads.html

50 MIN2018 APR 4
Comments
Behind The Casting Table

The Community of Community Theatre

The premier episode of Staged Right Theatre's new podcast. Members of Staged Right's board and staff discuss and debate the role of community theatre. Hosts: Starshine Stanfield, Jim Nelson Guests: Kendal Franklin, Paul Franklin, Ilene Miller Theme music is 'Heartfelt Wonders' by R. Chandler Bragg Podcast editor: Journey Stanfield

61 MIN2018 FEB 15
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The Community of Community Theatre
the END

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