Broadway Director Rob Ruggiero conducted a directing workshop via Zoom for Mr. Warfel’s Introduction to Theatre class on March 2nd. He shared his own professional story and discussed the directing process during the 80-minute session with the students.
Mr. Ruggiero is the Producing Artistic Director for TheatreWorks Hartford, an award-winning regional theatre that specializes in contemporary plays and musicals. Additionally, he has directed the Broadway productions of High and Looped. His directing credits include productions at the Goodspeed Opera House, Pittsburgh Playhouse and The MUNY in St. Louis.
Mr. Ruggiero provided students with advice about directing their one-act plays and finding their own directorial vision for the work. Additionally, he offered an insight into his directing process, from selecting plays, interpreting text and the design process for stage productions. Students shared their selections with the award-winning director, sharing with him what drew them to the script. The class of first-time directors will certainly benefit from the professional knowledge shared by Mr. Ruggiero as they develop their own productions.