Please welcome to The Theatre Project’s production team, Noah Kirby. Noah will be working as the Director for The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
What was your very first theatre experience?
My first theatrical experience was when I was 4 years old. I was in a historical recap play and was so nervous before I went onstage that I nearly passed out. However, once I took to the stage, it was evident that this was where I am supposed to be.
How did you get into directing?
I got into directing my first semester of college. I had the opportunity to try several different facets of theatre early on in life, but I had never gotten the chance to direct a piece until an introductory class all beginning theatre majors are required to take. I knew from the first rehearsal that this the path I wanted to venture along.
If you could do any show, besides the upcoming one, what would it be and why?
If I could direct any show that isn’t Hunchback, it would be Come From Away. I love the story, the music, and the challenges the piece offers. And I think it’s the type of story we can’t get enough of right now.
What makes a good director?
A good director needs to have two skills that a very finely sharpened: 1.) They need to have the ability to visualize anything they hear or read. Without a vision, how can you helm the storytelling of a show? 2.) They need to have Multi-faceted communication skills. The director is in charge of pulling together all of the different worlds of the theatre to make one world for each show. Communication is key in finding success here.
How do you motivate your performers?
I choose to motivate actors by talking them into the moments of each scene. I remind them that they were given their roles because they have the abilities to be successful if they will put in the work! Every actor is different, and so every motivation I give is different. Again, communication is key!
How are you preparing for The Hunchback of Notre Dame?
I have been prepping to do this show by reading, meeting with Libby and the designers, reading, writing down my notes on the story, reading, taking measurements and playing with a model of the set, reading, listening to the score and reading some more. There is so much history in Notre Dame, and there is so much to think about psychologically in all of the characters in the story. I am so excited to put all of the pieces together, but being a story teller means making sure that you know your story well enough to tell.
Stephen Sondheim or Andrew Lloyd Webber?
Stephen Joshua Sondheim. No question.
What do you do outside of theatre?
My favorite thing to do when I’m not working on various theatre projects is to watch comedians online or in live performance.