STN Blog #15: A Director Made for Scaring

Christopher Bibby 2

I love, love, love working with Kristen Foley.  I was thrilled when the production team chose her.  From the first table read of Crazy Love (as it was known then) in October 2010, Kristen has gotten every line and all the meaning between the words.  It helps that we share a devious sense of humor, enjoy farces, and love playing on stage.

I always enjoy seeing a director elevate script (a great example is Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris on Little Miss Sunshine).  Kristen blocked a difficult script seamlessly.  She has added accents and touches throughout that only she could invent.  Believe it or not, it takes a lot to make me laugh, but she seems to find a way.  She’s also very open to ideas and has a collaborative approach.

I’ve learned a lot about directing by watching her work with the actors, corral the production team and keep forward momentum.

Thank you, Kristen.  You are  gift to the Normals.