In response to popular demand, Tarragon will be offering TWO Directing Courses with Richard Rose this season. From conceptualization to rehearsal, both courses will examine/explore the directing process – a how-to-go from your first reading’s gut impression to moment-by-moment rehearsal with actors. Central to this process is the principle of action — the tool through which a director can tell stories, motivate actors, visualize designs and actualize metaphors. Students will look at the relationship between instinctual reactions, concept, research, analysis, design, characterizations and rehearsal.

The NEW Fall workshop is open to actors and directors alike, as well as past participants and newcomers.  As this incarnation of the course spans over three months, participants will undergo a deeper investigation of the work via a more thorough execution of principles.  Focus will be given to the director’s approach to research, and how a director evokes meaning onstage through form and concept.


Please email your CV and a cover letter explaining why you would like to take this course to Registration is limited.


$550 Regular
and $450 Equity/Artist discount

Note: Once a participant has been approved to join the course, their spot will not be reserved until the theatre has received a 20% deposit.

FALL 2017 DATES & TIMES: 9 CLASSES FROM 6:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M.

Monday, September 11th
Monday, September 18th
Monday, September 25th
Monday, October 2nd
Monday, October 16th
Monday, October 30th
Monday, November 6th
Monday, November 13th
Monday, November 20th


Richard Rose is the Artistic Director of Tarragon Theatre. Prior to joining the Tarragon in 2002, Richard was Founding Artistic Director at Necessary Angel (a position he held from 1978–2002), Associate Director for Canadian Stage Company, Director of the Stratford Festival Young Company and spent ten seasons directing at the Stratford Festival.

He has directed plays across Canada, the United States, and in London’s West End in styles ranging from the environmental to the classical. Richard is well known for developing new work, including four plays that won the Governor General’s Award and nine other nominated plays. He is a four-time Dora award winner for direction and production and has had numerous nominations.

At Tarragon, as director: The Bakelite Masterpiece, The Summoned, Wormwood, The Realistic Jones, Abyss, Much Ado About Nothing, The Bakelite Masterpiece, An Enemy of the People, A God in Need of Help, The Valley, This is War, No Great Mischief, The Real World?, Forests, Courageous, Another Home Invasion, Molière, Democracy, Scorched, Léo, Humble Boy, Remnants, 3 in the Back, 2 in the Head, It’s All True, Prague..