【MUKA Training: Director’s Workshop】Exploring Directorial Secrets (Intermediate Level)

【MUKA Training: Director’s Workshop (Intermediate Level)】 A Brand-New Workshop Mode Unveiling Directorial Secrets 20+ Directorial Techniques Revealed in Director’s Workshop

Instructor: Dr. Deric Gan 

Workshop Date: February 26th, 2023 (Sunday)

Workshop Time: Starting at 1:00 PM (Workshop duration will be determined by participants’ performance, maximum of 8 hours)

Venue: The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre

Language: Mandarin

Number of Participants: Limited to 12 participants (Participants should have basic acting skills)

Age: 18 years and above

Suitable for: Theatre and film directors, as well as actors interested in understanding the director’s work

Course Introduction:

The theatre director guides the actors, paints the stage layout, and devises the director’s plan. However, what you won’t find in the drama director’s tutorials and books is how to handle the directorial techniques. Yes, these are the exclusive formulas that no director can easily share, distilled from the essence of rehearsals by experienced directors. As a director, are you following the stage cues in the script for rehearsals? Anyone can become a director by following cues in the script. Why is it that the same script, under different directors, produces completely different stage effects? The answer lies in the mastery of directorial techniques! Without directorial techniques, your performance will remain ordinary. This is a completely new workshop experience for you. The theoretical part of the class is summed up in one sentence, but participants will be “competing in creative rehearsal” throughout, using their skills to win the directorial creative secrets accumulated by the instructor over the years. The length of the class will also be determined by the participants. Maybe it will take 4 hours to conquer all the secrets, or maybe 8 hours will be futile. Whether participants can obtain all the secrets or collaborate to create new directorial techniques, everything happens in the classroom.

Instructor’s Profile:

Dr.Deric Gan Director, playwright, acting instructor, songwriter, artistic director of MuKa Space (Kuala Lumpur), doctoral advisor at New Era University College’s International Education Institute, the first Malaysian to earn a doctoral degree in Drama and Traditional Chinese Opera in China. Named one of the most influential directors in contemporary Chinese small theater after 40 years in 2022.

Graduated in 2004 with a Master’s degree in Directing from the Central Academy of Drama, pursued a Ph.D. in Performance from the same institution in 2007. In 2008, served as the director for the sports exhibitions at the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics. In 2010, founded the theory of “Life Performance Studies.” To date, has directed over 50 stage productions, known for the unique transformation of characters, versatile stage visuals, and the integration of Eastern and Western cultures in directorial techniques. Has received over 50 theater awards both domestically and internationally, consecutively named Malaysia’s Best Theater Director for seven years, establishing as one of the most influential theater directors in 21st-century Malaysia.

Directorial works: “Nyonya Emily,” “Medea,” “Eileen Chang,” “Forbidden Games of Youth,” “Tartuffe,” “The Dawn Here Are Quiet” “Richard III” “Peking Man” “Touching the Gold Urn,” “Platonov,” “I Am Happy,” “The Ring of Nibelung” “Rasa Melaka” and more.

Theatrical writings: “The Lone Ranger on Stage,” “Everyone’s a Great Actor,” “The Show Must Go On,” “100 Games to Play with Children”, “Seeking Duke of Saxe-Meiningen” “Stop Acting, Live A Life!” “Theatre Hunter: Where Is The Next?” “No Music No Life”

【Special Note】 *Participants who are unable to attend the workshop for personal reasons will not be refunded. Participants can transfer their spots to a friend (one person) with completion of the registration process. *The organizing committee reserves the right to make flexible adjustments and changes to course content, schedule, and venue-related matters.

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