You Want Me to Direct a Cast of How Many?!

Where to start? When working with a large cast of varying ages and skill-levels, the key to a successful rehearsal process lies with creative casting, scheduling and pre-rehearsal warm-ups designed to focus and engage your cast. Along with developing a framework for casting and scheduling before rehearsals begin, this workshop will provide you with tools to help you help your students build fundamental skills for realizing your production. Whether you plan to direct your first play or if you've directed 30, explore how hour-long rehearsal blocks with twenty minutes of pre-rehearsal theatre games and exercises can potentially save you weeks of non-productive rehearsal time and result in a higher standard of performance.


  • Heartland Plays, Inc.
    Rebecca Ryland

    Rebecca Ryland holds an MFA in Acting/Directing with professional credits in acting, directing and play-writing. In 1992, after interning at the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard, Rebecca founded a non-profit arts organization that specialized in theatre-arts training for youth. Over the next 18 years, as artistic and managing director, she developed numerous arts-in-education touring and performance projects, headed the program's after-school classes for youth and directed annual plays and musicals with casts of up to 85, ages 5-18. Between 2000 and 2004, Rebecca was contracted as the drama consultant for two school systems' Gifted and Talented programs working directly with students and leading training sessions for educators. As a playwright, her works published with Pioneer Drama Service have been produced in theaters and schools across the U.S. and Canada. In 2010 Rebecca founded Heartland Plays, Inc. which publishes plays for all stages and in 2014 launched the Last Chance New Play Fest in Helena, Montana, an annual 10-day celebration of new plays by Montana and northwest playwrights.