FEST Academy offers next Director Workshop

Workshop has been postponed! New dates will be announced on this space.

The FEST Academy presents:

Directing a Scene

led by Jim Phetterplace, Jr.

This two-day workshop is designed to expose beginning directors to the actual process of preparing and directing a scene, as a microcosm for the process of directing the whole play. Even directors with some experience may find it a refreshing reminder or new perspective.

Participants will be asked to choose and submit a scene (7-10 minutes) and script beforehand (alternatively, a suitable one will be provided), so we can determine casting needs. On day one of the workshop, we’ll discuss the process and analyze the scene structure, with emphasis on working with actors. Participants will be assigned actors to work with and rehearse with them for performance of the scenes on the following day. On day two, you’ll perform your scenes for me in the morning and I’ll give input as appropriate.

Participants and actors are free to invite friends and family to watch the performances in the afternoon. After performance, we’ll come together for a short round of feedback and to review the lessons learned.

When:  Saturday and Sunday, November 25 & 26, 2017 from 11:00-16:00
Where: Saalbau Gallus, Frankenallee 111, 60326 Frankfurt
Cost:  €40 (€30 for participants of Intro to Directing Workshop)
We’ll run the workshop with a minimum of 4 participants and maximum 8, so sign up quickly by sending a mail to [email protected]!

This workshop is the second in a planned series of Directing workshops, and the workshop is one of the core courses being offering in the newly formed FEST Academy.

About the workshop leader, Jim Phetterplace, Jr.


Jim studied acting and directing for the stage at Illinois Wesleyan University in the US. After university, he worked in theater in Chicago in these capacities until coming to Germany in 1998. There his credits include Oliver (Bumble), Evita (chorus, Perón), Mass Appeal (Mark), The Gingerbread Lady (Jimmy), Jesus Christ Superstar (Pilate). After an 18-year hiatus, he is now again involved in theater in both functions, performing in Breakaway and The Scheme for FEST (2015), The Tempest for The LOFT (2016), and Mordplan for the Interkulturelle Bühne (2017, and directing Our Country’s Good for FEST (2016). He will appear in The LOFT’s production of Twelfth Night this fall. He has also performed staged readings of The Laramie Project (2016) and Wit (2017) for Theatre Language Studio and directed a staged reading of Love, Loss and What I Wore for FEST (2017). An advocate of life-long learning, Jim has further taken courses in acting (The LOFT under PJ Escobio), Meisner Technique (TLS under Maria OTT), and stage combat with rapier and dagger (Stage Combat Deutschland under John Bellomo), and studied singing locally with Andrea Doig and voice with Francesca Fuchs. Jim’s other workshops for FEST include Reading Shakespeare Aloud: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2017) and the upcoming Directing a Scene. Reading Shakespeare Aloud will also be repeated with other Shakespeare plays.