Creating a Role

Creating a Role is designed to give students the experience of preparing a complex role from the beginning of a rehearsal process through the moment of performance. Working with both a professional director and a professional actor, students explore all the elements of acting in a full production, including text analysis, dramaturgy, character development, blocking, giving focus, taking direction, connecting to other actors, and dealing with the audience. This offering of the course culminates in four public performances of Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne, adapted by Laura Eason, a wildly theatrical version of the classic with sledge rides, elephant chases, and surprising relevance to the refugee crises facing the world today. Lots of fun and challenging roles for an ethnically diverse cast of students at all levels of experience. Auditions are low–key and consist of readings from the script – no monologue required.

Email to schedule an audition on January 8.


Creating a Role - Winter
Price: $620.00
Start Date: 1/15/2019 | End Date: 4/6/2019
Day of the week: Tuesday
Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Instructor(s): Randy Baker & Deidra LaWan Starnes

Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, Jan 15 – Apr 6 T & Th 7–10pm; Sat 1:30–4:30pm Tech Sat Mar 30 (10am–4pm), T Apr 2 (6–10pm), W Apr 3 (6–10pm) Evening performances Apr 4, 5, 6 Matinee Apr 6

Randy Baker is a playwright, director and co-Artistic Director of Rorschach Theatre. Recent shows he has directed with Rorschach include Very Still and Hard to See (Five Helen Nominations including Best Director), The Electric Baby, She Kills Monsters, The Minotaur and After the Quake. Recent shows he has directed outside of Rorschach include the seven-room living installation piece, Hello, May Name Is…at the Welders (Three Helen Nominations including Best Director), a shadow puppet gamelan-inspired A Midsummer Night's Dream at WSC Avant Bard, Big Love at Catholic University, Anon/ymous at Georgetown University and his own adaption of Rashomon at American University. Recent playwriting projects include Forgotten Kingdoms and Truth and Beauty Bombs at Rorschach Theatre and workshops and educational productions of The Burning Road (Arena Stage), Monastery (Theater J), Rashomon (American University and Spooky Action Theatre), Circus of Fallen Angels (NCDA and American University) and wild42hold (George Washington University).



Deidra LaWan Starnes’ acting credits include Milk Like Sugar and The Gospel of Lovingkindness at Mosaic Theater, The Good Counselor at 1st Stage, Julius Caesar, Invisible Man (Helen Hayes Award), Intimate Apparel (Helen Hayes Award), A Raisin in the Sun, I Have before Me a Remarkable Document…., Two Trains Running, Spunk, Twelve Days of Christmas, Charlotte’s Web, Passing Strange, In the Red and Brown Water, Radio Golf, King Lear, Doubt and for colored girls … directed by Ntozake Shange. Film credits include Chasing Refuge, Nocturnal Agony, and Ladder 49. Directing credits include Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Helen Hayes Nomination for Outstanding Production), for colored girls … (Theatre Alliance), and The Name Game (DC Theatre Festival. She holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Maryland, an MFA in Drama from the University of Connecticut, and an MA from American University in Producing Film, TV, and Video.