On Directing: George C. Wolfe
Description:Actor Patrick Stewart talks about the important contributions a good director makes to a theatrical production. Then Director George C. Wolfe, a native of Frankfort, KY, is shown watching a rehearsal from Bring In ’Da Noise, Bring In ’Da Funk and comments on how he works with actors. This excerpt is from Signature, a KET documentary series that humanizes and demystifies the creative process through profiles of contemporary Southern writers. Each program features interviews with the writer as well as colleagues, friends, and relatives; visits to places that have affected the writer’s work; and author readings and performance excerpts. Six 60-minute programs have been produced to date, profiling Kentuckians Bobbie Ann Mason, Ed McClanahan, Marsha Norman, George C. Wolfe, and Barbara Kingsolver, as well as Lee Smith from Grundy, VA.
- Pair with “The Rehearsal Process: Heartbreak House” to analyze the role of the director.
- Use with the excerpt on Marsha Norman to discuss the collaborative process of theater.
- Use as a prompt for student writing.
Lesson plans using this resource:
- Exploring Careers in Theater (9-12)
Students discuss lessons learned from the lives of Kentucky playwrights Marsha Norman and George C. Wolfe and, following the playwrights advice, draw from their own life experiences to develop short plays.