I have never seen anything but issues with Co-directing. I think it just causes problems. Students and other collaborators have a difficult time brining things together and knowing who to follow, which has a negative effect on the dynamic and, ultimately, the show. A production needs a single director; a cohesive vision. Two people cannot drive the same car at the same time.I think you need to have a difficult conversation with your co-director. If need be, perhaps you can alternate one does one show, another does the next? It is unfortunate that the existing structure was set up before you.
Hi Casey,I really like your suggestion of having the students summarize the scene, establish tableaus, and then work within those tableaus. If I have to keep co-directing with the same person, I will try to institute that plan. That way it isn't "my" blocking or "their" blocking, but the students'.
You need one director on the project. If you don't want to ruffle feathers now stay with the situation till the end and then don't invite the same situation to occur again. The bigger issue and the more important issue is face masks and going against district policy. See your principal and tell them about it. Have the principal tell the co-director to step down for not following the school's policy. And you kill two birds with one stone.
Don't let them be without masks for rehearsal. It is too dangerous. PERIOD.
Kelly M. Thomas
Department of Theatre
Dr. Ralph H. Poteet High School
3300 Poteet Drive
Mesquite, Texas 75150