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Monday, March 12, 2007

Directing for Beginners

"Mr. O'Brien — who, if you haven't heard, directed Tom Stoppard's 'The Coast of Utopia" trilogy at Lincoln Center — said he would encourage a young director to leave New York and find a home at a regional theater. Mr. O'Brien became the artistic director of the Old Globe in 1981, and 'for the next 20 years, I had the opportunity to literally direct everything,' he said. 'Quietly, outside of New York, I got all this exposure and experience that very few directors get.' "

- Jack O'Biren talking to NY Sun's Kate Taylor for her piece on what it takes to launch a directing career in America. (The "emerging" Pam McKinnon serves as her Exhibit A.)

Harder than it sounds, that "find a home" bit. But, "leave New York"--that'll be news to some folks.

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