We first met at the Lincoln Center Directors Lab in 2010, and were so inspired by the relationships forged there that a core group of directors began to develop the idea of an international directors’ festival. We desired to continue collaborating with each other in a way that would draw on the best elements of our Lab experience: learning about traditions other than our own, collaborating on new ideas and techniques, and working on projects and methods outside of our normal practice. The Lincoln Center Directors Lab gave us an opportunity to experiment in a way we aren’t normally able to do because of the demands of our professional practice, and we wanted to keep that spirit alive.
Due to the Lincoln Center Directors Lab new relationship with the Watermill Center, we were invited there in October, 2011 to participate in a residency to plan what this might look like in practice.
At the Watermill residency, twelve of us spent a week meeting, running workshops, developing work and sharing meals together. Over the course of our time at the Watermill, the notion of “feasting” became a running theme, inspired by our communal meals reflecting the flavors of our different cultural backgrounds. Thus, the plans for a festival turned into a Directors Feast, using the metaphor of food to create a menu of entertainment options to choose from. Our desire is to create an immersive and sumptuous theatrical experience; to invite audiences into our kitchen, our creative home, and to entertain them with a variety of international (globally inspired) “dishes”—and to commune with them over a bit of actual food and drink too!
In the summer of 2012, we gathered at in New York City to spend three weeks working together on developing new work, excerpts of which were presented at the Irondale Center in front of an invited audience.
In 2013, we created a production of short works created through director collaborations at the Irondale Center, in 2014 we created six new plays at Teatro Due in Rome, Italy, and in 2015, we created an evening of work at the Apollo Theater on the island of Syros in Greece.
Below are photos from the work we presented at the Irondale Center in August, 2012. All photos by Tom Henning.