Director-choreographer Lynne Taylor-Corbett, the creative force behind the Broadway musical Swing!, will be the subject of a Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF) interview program on Feb. 16.
Conducted by SDCF executive director David Diamond, this latest in a popular series of interviews begins with a one-on-one discussion and will be followed by a question and answer period with the audience.
In the past, Diamond has interviewed Hal Prince, Jerry Zaks, Susan Stroman and Joe Dowling to name a few. His interviews are later published, in whole or in part in the Journal for Stage Directors and Choreographers, his organization's biannual publication. Copies are available either by subscription or from Applause Books or Drama Books.
"The tenor of the interviews has to do with artistic development and the creative process," Diamond told Playbill On-Line. "That's what I try to get to after filling in a little of their background."
Diamond said that he had just finished doing an interview in Chicago with Joe Dowling of Minneapolis' Guthrie Theatre. "He was fascinating," Diamond said. "One thing I've learned is that everybody's career path is completely unique. There is no set way to launch a career as a director or choreographer. It seems it's done as much by training and luck and being in the right place at the right time as it is by anything else.
"The people that are the most successful," Diamond suggested, "have a strong creative urge. If they feel the need to do this more than anything, then they're going to be directors or choreographers whether someone hires them or not."
The SDCF executive cited examples of theatre success stories that could be traced to an indomitable creative drive, including director choreographer Susan Stroman who teamed with Scott Ellis to do a musical revue of Kander and Ebb songs when she found no one would give her work. Diamond said that revue, And the World Goes Round, really put her on the map as a choreographer.
Members of the theatre community and theatre aficionados alike are welcome at the discussion, which takes place Feb. 16 at 5:30 PM at the SDCF's office at 1501 Broadway, Suite 1701. Tickets are $6 for members of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, or $12 for non members. Reservations can be made through Smarttix at (212) 532-8887. For information on the discussions or the SDCF contact David Diamond at (212) 302-5359.