Theater Master Gerald Freedman Unveils THE SCHOOL OF DOING Guide to the Craft
Coming this fall, The School of Doing is a comprehensive guide to the craft and teachings of internationally renowned stage director and educator Gerald Freedman, including lessons on acting, directing, text analysis, comedy technique, camera technique, Shakespeare, musical theater, design, pedagogy, and show business.
After just 8 days, the Kickstarter campaign is fully funded, with over $20,000 raised. Both paperback and eBook versions are available as rewards.
To support the project, and see the video featuring Mandy Patinkin, Austin Pendleton, Alfred Uhry, and more, visit kickstarter.com/projects/theschoolofdoing/the-school-of-doing-lessons-from-gerald-freedman.
In this unique and thrilling tribute to a legend of the American theater, author Isaac Klein corroborates Freedman's wisdom with quotes from luminaries like Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, Mandy Patinkin, Chita Rivera, Olympia Dukakis, Debbie Allen, Christine Baranski, Anna Camp, John Cullum, William Daniels, Dane DeHaan, Jules Fisher, Paul Gemignani, Bernard Gersten, Lee Grant, Sheldon Harnick, George Hearn, Desmond Heeley, HAl Holbrook, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Stacy Keach, Carol Lawrence, Ming Cho Lee, Billy Magnussen, Jack O'Brien, Austin Pendleton, Alfred Uhry, Sam Waterston, and many more.
Gerald Freedman began his career working for Columbia Pictures in Hollywood, and assistant directing Broadway musicals, including the original production of West Side Story for Jerome Robbins. Alongside Joseph Papp and Bernard Gersten, he founded The Public Theater, where he directed many productions of both classic and new works, including the world premiere of HAIR. Over the course of his six decade career, he directed plays, operas, and musicals on and off Broadway, regionally, and around the world. He won an Obie Award, became the first American to direct at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, and served as Artistic Director of The New York Shakespeare Festival (now known as Shakespeare in the Park), Stratford's American Shakespeare Theater, Cleveland's Great Lakes Theater, and as co-Artistic Director of The Acting Company. He taught at The Juilliard School, Northwestern University, Yale University, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he served as Dean of the School of Drama for twenty-one years, becoming Dean Emeritus in 2012.
The School of Doing is written and edited by director and writer Isaac Klein, who was mentored by Freedman at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.