9 episodes

What are some of the most intriguing challenges that Artistic Directors face every day? Join NAC English Theatre Artistic Director Jillian Keiley as she chats with Artistic Directors and Directors about the daily dilemmas, tough questions and thorny challenges that come with the job. When your job is bringing people together, how do you keep from falling apart?

Stage Advice with Jillian Keiley Canada's National Arts Centre

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What are some of the most intriguing challenges that Artistic Directors face every day? Join NAC English Theatre Artistic Director Jillian Keiley as she chats with Artistic Directors and Directors about the daily dilemmas, tough questions and thorny challenges that come with the job. When your job is bringing people together, how do you keep from falling apart?

    Julie Taymor: Dancing for the Gods

    Julie Taymor: Dancing for the Gods

    Jillian speaks with directing supernova Julie Taymor about pushing theatricality in cinema and innovating cinematic language in the theatre. Also: playing with idiographs across scale, the poetry of transitions, gender in Shakespeare, and working with your life partner.

    • 56 min
    Robert Lepage

    Robert Lepage

    Jillian speaks with singular international theatre maker and Artistic Director of Quebec City’s Ex Machina, Robert Lepage, about stretching rehearsal schedules to make space for the “rendering farm”, creating the conditions which optimize creative agency, and technicians as brilliant puppeteers.


    Also: collaborating with one’s critics, and the galvanizing power of subtitles.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Weyni Mengesha: The Unabashed Self

    Weyni Mengesha: The Unabashed Self

    Jillian speaks with Soulpepper Artistic Director Weyni Mengesha about the crucial vitality of bringing your whole unabashed self as a director, radical gestures of welcome, and theatre as a sacred space. Also: individual and collective responsibility for centering the marginalized, and not making assumptions about your audience.

    • 48 min
    Yaël Farber: The Third Space

    Yaël Farber: The Third Space

    Jillian speaks with internationally acclaimed director Yaël Farber about the rehearsal room as a sacred ecosystem where the civic and the spiritual collide, vulnerability is nurtured, and unpredictability is welcomed as the kernel of transformation for both artists and audience. Also: the actor as activist and the wholeness required for sustainable truth-telling.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Daniel Brooks: An Uncompromising Commitment to Liveness

    Daniel Brooks: An Uncompromising Commitment to Liveness

    Jillian speaks with Daniel Brooks, one of Canada’s foremost directors and inaugural Siminovitch Prize laureate, about his expansive and unyielding devotion to process and his ethos (with longtime collaborator Daniel MacIvor) of maximum preparedness, maximum spontaneity. Also: trusting the intuition of your body as a director.

    • 47 min
    Jivesh Parasram: Staging Marginalization

    Jivesh Parasram: Staging Marginalization

    Jillian speaks with Jivesh Parasram, Artistic Director of Rumble Theatre and Artistic Producer of Pandemic Theatre, about creating safe spaces for artists, getting past fragility, and the responsibility owed to the subjects of documentary theatre. Also: insta-pots and rehearsing in a garbage room.

    • 43 min

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14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Pierre Simpson ,

Great insights

Loved this peek behind the curtain with prominent artistic directors across Canada on their directing work, tips and tricks and s(t)age advice.

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