The Iconic Director

This session will bea demonstration of approaching a text from an image-based stance. Using a scene from MACBETH, I am going to show how this work might take shape, using tools of alternate theatre; physicality, archetype, emblems and imagery. Characters wil be developed using only physical tools, and the text brought to life through physicalization of each characters story. We will also develop a set of emblems or iconic character gestures to create a stylized acting methodology.


  • University of Alberta Drama
    Kathleen Weiss

    KATHLEEN WEISS:DIRECTOR Kathleen Weiss is a former Chair of the Drama Department at the University of Alberta. Currently she is a full professor working with graduate directing students, and BFA and BA acting students. She has extensive background as a professional theatre director, artistic director, dramaturge, and playwright with a specialization in experimental or image-based theatre, innovative rehearsal processes, and new Canadian plays. Kathleen is a former artistic director of Tamahnous Theatre and the Women In View Festival in Vancouver. She has taught acting for the Vancouver Playhouse School, Studio 58, Simon Fraser University, and The University of British Columbia. Recent directing credits include THREE MYSTERIOUSN WOMEN by Peter Eliot Weiss and THE WELL OF THE BEAUTIFUL DANCES, created with Nadien Chu. She also directs for Studio Theatre at the University of Alberta and recently directed DRACULA by Mac Wellman, replete with masks and social distancing. . Many of her innovative productions such as THE HAUNTED HOUSE HAMLET and HEDDA GABBLER AT RUTHERFORD HOUSE are well known across the country.