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Directing Workshops @ City Garage

Be bold. Learn to direct for the stage with acclaimed and unconventional director Frederique Michel, Artistic Director of City Garage. Develop a piece from initial conception through final execution, receiving expert feedback and guidance. Each week directors work with experienced actors onstage. Once a year, select directors are chosen to have their final result presented onstage in front of an invited audience.

Sessions:     Saturdays, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Fees:           $500/month
Admission:   By interview and submission of project

Work onstage at the most critically-esteemed small theatres in Los Angeles, City Garage. Interact, learn from others, and benefit from a focused, on-going process to help get you to create work for the stage.

Call 310.453.9939 or email workshops@citygarage.org go to submit a directing project overview and schedule an interview.

About Frédérique Michel
Frédérique was born in Paris and studied theatre at the Conservatoire. She has led the company as Artistic Director since its founding in 1987. She received a Dramalogue Award for her direction of Dissident. Her 1998 production of George Sand: An Erotic Odyssey in Seven Tableaux was nominated for four L.A. Weekly Theater Awards, including Best Director. She was nominated again for Best Director for MedeaText: Los Angeles/Despoiled Shore (2000). In 2005 she won the LA Weekly Award for Best Direction (one-act) for La Leçon. Her production of The Battle: ABC was nominated for Best Direction and received the 2006 LA Weekly Award for Best Ensemble. She once again won Best Direction (one-act) for Quartet at the 2008 LA Weekly Theater Awards and was also nominated for her direction of The Bald Soprano. At the 2009 LA Weekly Theater Awards, she received (along with Charles Duncombe) the “Queen of the Angels Award” for “decades of directing and producing scintillating, politically charged theater that challenges audiences to reconsider their assumptions about the nature of politics and the nature of theater itself.”  She, along with her partner Charles Duncombe, won the Best Translation Award for their version of The Marriage of Figaro. In 2011 her work with the company was recognized by its being awarded the “Margaret Hartford Award for Sustained Excellence” by the Los Angeles Drama Critic’s Circle. Her production of Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis was nominated for Revival Production of the Year by the LA Weekly. In 2012 she worked with Neal LaBute in a new, west coast version of Filthy Talk for Troubled Times. Recent projects at City Garage at Bergamot Station are world premieres of Charles Mee’s Orestes 3.0, Magda Romanska’s Opheliamachine, Charles Duncombe’s Caged, Stephen Leigh Morris’s Moskva, the LA premiere of When the Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell, Charles Duncombe’s Bulgakov/Moliere as well as his play Timepiece.