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Tips for the Devising Director

Tips for the Devising Director, from Emily Harvey (director of NDGM, Barn Show and 30 Hours):

Good ideas are inherently stronger than bad ideas.

A question from an observer is the greatest gift you can receive.

Kill your idols and your babies.

Time is your friend.

Try it, don’t talk about it.

Do something physical at the beginning of rehearsal to shake off your day.

The more scared you are of doing something, the more rewarding the pay off will be.

Fix a problem every day.

Surround yourself with people who will debate with you.

Remember what the audience doesn’t know.

Theatre is always made better by collaboration.

You will learn something new everyday, so never think you have it figured out.

Emily Harvey – Co Artistic Director

Specializing in Directing, Playwrighting, Stage Management, Production Manager and Marketing

Personal Manifesto

Leap before you look.


Emily directs, stage manages, writes, production manages and occasionally acts. She loves Seattle and she loves experimental theatre.


Blood Ensemble Credits  Director: NDGM, Barn Show, 30 Hours | Playwright: Nevermore  | Associate Director, Projection Design: Blood/Sailing  |  Director: Was/Is/Will Be Music

Directing credits: Paper Bullets, Black Vengeance, Vaudeville  (Ghost Light Theatricals) |  All In the Timing (StageRight)  |  Macbeth (Hell-Kite Productions) | Outside of A Horse (Autonomous Theatre Collective)|  Birth (Driftwood Players)| Songs for a New World, Anouilh’s Antigone (Student Theatre Productions) | Uncommon Women and Others (Western Washington University)

Assistant Directing Credits: Oklahoma! (5th Avenue Theatre) |  reasons to pretty (ArtsWest) |  Dog Sees God (WWU) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Summerstock)

Production Management Credits: 2012 Seattle Fringe Festival |  Master Harold… and the boys (West of Lenin)

Stage Management Credits: Titanic, Snow, Aladdin, A Christmas Story, Journey West, Best of Northwest Bookshelf, Rosie the Riveter!, Joseph… (5th Avenue Theatre)|  Frog and Toad (Seattle Children’s Theatre) |  Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, If You Give A Moose A Muffin, The Other Side of the Island, Kiss Me, Kate, The Velveteen Rabbit (The Orlando Shakespeare Theatre) |  Zanna, Don’t!, New Voices (Contemporary Classics) | I Love You Because (Centerstage Theatre), Objection! (WingIt Productions)