My Thoughts on Casting

A wise man once told me “directing is just correcting the mistakes you made when you cast the show.” This fits neatly into an observation I made early on in my career: there are many directors who are amazing at the nuts and bolts of directing. My own directing mentor, David Feldshuh, is a perfect […]

A Brave Move

The title of this posting refers not to myself, but rather to my theatrical parents, Dave and Susie Couch, proprietors of the Circle Bar B Dinner Theatre and some of the few people I know with the brass cajones to run a for-profit theater. No grants, no school tours, no fundraisers; it’s capitalism and theater […]

Vaulting Ambition

As you may have read in the About page, based on my current situation, I have decided that I need a Master’s degree. This decision is based on a few different factors: 1) I would like to know more about certain aspects of theater and teaching methods in order to be a better teacher; 2) […]

Getting the band back together

Okay, so now it’s time to introduce you to project number one: the day job. As I mentioned in the About page, I teach drama at a local independent school. One of the associated duties with such an illustrious appointment is the undertaking of a musical every spring. I admit, I had mixed feelings regarding […]

As if there wasn’t enough on my plate…

So, I received word that a Shakespeare workshop I had expressed interest in will be meeting in the latter part of March. Not the most ideal situation, since I will be in the middle of rehearsing two shows at that point, but I think I’m going to make the time. Of course, there are things […]

Under Construction…

This is my attempt to document a particularly fevered year in my career: I am currently slated to direct four shows, begin a program to earn my master’s degree, and help to start an outdoor Shakespeare festival here in the Santa Barbara area, all before the end of summer. I am hoping to not only […]