Actors ran Shakespeare's company, there was no director in the modern sense. And therefore it was appropriate that the leader of the artistic endeavors of the recreated Globe be an actor.
In this talk Professor Ralph Cohen explores this line of thinking and discusses how looking backward has the salutary effect of requiring us to reexamine reigning paradigms and to rediscover approaches that may have useful applications for contemporary theatre.
He will discuss the decline of the agency of actors in the production of theatre, and using the work of the actors at the Blackfriars Playhouse as the basis for the talk, explore some of the prospects for and obstacles to a present day actor-driven theatre.
The Theo Crosby Fellowship lecture is given in memory of Theo Crosby who helped articulate Sam Wanamaker's vision by providing plans for the International Shakespeare Globe Centre.