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Theatre Makers: Drew der Kinderen

Directors at Work

Year: 2021, 20 mins
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Ever wondered how directors bring their vision to life?

Theatre Makers: Directors at Work is a four part docu-series that follows innovative theatre directors and their process in devising theatre.

From interviews, working with actors on the floor in both workshops and rehearsals, to the polished scene, see how these contemporary directors bring their work to life.

Each episode focuses on a specific director, and explores their personal philosophies, methodologies and approaches to theatre making. Includes practical exercises for immediate application in the classroom or rehearsal room.

Drew der Kinderen is a Brisbane-based director, movement artist and acting teacher.  In 2008 Drew was accepted into the Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre Internship Program as an intern director.  Upon the conclusion of the internship, Drew was invited to join Zen Zen Zo as a senior teacher.  In 2009 Drew was asked to become one of the Associate Directors and Principle Instructors with the company.

Throughout this time, Drew has maintained a commitment to teaching and training. He organised the subject Creating Body at the Queensland University of Technology, which emphasised physical approaches to devising work, he mentored student directors through the Performance 1 and Performance 2 subjects and taught the Acting strand students in Embodied performance techniques for stage and film realism. He has also taught for Zen Zen Zo interstate and overseas.

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Drew der Kinderen is a Brisbane-based director, movement artist and acting teacher.  In 2008 Drew was accepted into the Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre Internship Program as an intern director.  Upon the conclusion of the internship, Drew was invited to join Zen Zen Zo as a senior teacher.  In 2009 Drew was asked to become one of the Associate Directors and Principle Instructors with the company.

Drew’s directing credits include Away (2003), Blood Wedding (2008), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2009), Antigone (2009), and an adaptation of Othello entitled Iago’s Web (2009). In 2010 Drew directed The Bacchae, an adaptation of The Tempest, and the devised piece, Hello Spaceboy for the Queensland Arts Council for touring throughout Queensland, which was then accepted into the Out of the Box festival program in 2012. In 2011, he wrote and directed Future//Culture with Canberra Grammar School, and Rising, for Corinda State High School.  In September of 2011 Drew devised and directed a show with QUT Student Theatre Company, Vena Cava, A Practical User’s Guide to the Afterlife, as part of the Atrium season.  In 2012, he directed Medea with Redcliffe State High School’s Drama Excellence students. He also undertook a 10-day training intensive with renowned Japanese Butoh company, Diarakudakan, as well as directing and devising the end of year show for the 2012 Zen Zen Zo Company Interns, Last Drinks. In 2013, Drew directed the sell-out season of Medea: The River Runs Backwards, for Zen Zen Zo’s annual In The Raw season. In 2014 Drew directed The Touch Industry, under his own company, The Sonder Line, as part of the Anywhere Festival.

Throughout this time, Drew has maintained a commitment to teaching and training. He organised the subject Creating Body at the Queensland University of Technology, which emphasised physical approaches to devising work, he mentored student directors through the Performance 1 and Performance 2 subjects and taught the Acting strand students in Embodied performance techniques for stage and film realism. He has also taught for Zen Zen Zo interstate and overseas.

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