New Surry Theatre Presents

Directing for the Stage with Bill Raiten

In the course of this class, students will be given two or three plays to read. The students will break down the responsibilities of the director for these plays, and suggest casting ideas. Several of the scenes from these plays may be acted by NST actors in Scene Study class. The directing students will observe Bill's directing of the scenes. The students will direct the scenes during the week with the actors to bring their own direction of the scene to the next class. Students will learn scheduling of casting, rehearsals, budgeting, etc. Most important of all, the students will discuss how to convey their and the author’s feeling to the actors and the audience.

Bill Raiten was born, raised and schooled in New York City, and has always been involved in theater. A stand-up comic in the 50’s, a writer in the 60’s, a director, acting teacher and producer since then, he has always found his way to the theater. He has directed, taught and performed in New York, Hollywood, and Maine in as well as in the USSR, Glasgow, Scotland and Canada. He has educated people, young and old, using his brand of theater as a vehicle for them to find and like themselves. He has filmed an original short documentary with Maine Public Broadcasting that was aired in May 2001 and nominated for a New England regional Emmy Award. Using his teaching methods at the Maine Youth Center with Seymour Papert of MIT, incarcerated youth wrote and edited their own film. He now teaches Acting in Maine, farms organically and is the Artistic Director of the New Surry Theatre.

Classes Offered:

Youth Theatre Speak

with Johannah Blackman

'Honk' Camp

with Shari John

Singing For The Stage

with Suzanne Eaton

Dance for the Stage

with Nina Robinson-Poole

Acting as Truth

with Bill Raiten

The Art of Theatre Makeup

with Elena Bourakovsky

Directing for the Stage

with Bill Raiten

Scene Study

with Bill Raiten


with Bill Raiten