Director's Workshops

Presented by REP Studio


Date: Saturday, 18 May 2024
Time: 10am - 12noon
Location: Canberra REP Theatre


Member — $15
Non-member — $40

Concession— $25
All sales are subject to a $4 per transaction Telephone Booking Fee


Preparing the Instrument and Meeting the challenge of the Script and Character.

In this workshop, designed primarily for actors and beginners, Aarne will guide participants through the process of acting- lifting the words off a page and transforming them into a viable character, which in turn illuminates the play.

Numbers are strictly limited. Early bookings are encouraged.


Aarne Neeme AM has been working in Theatre for the past 60 years. Mostly as a Theatre Director, but also in Television, and teaching in both Vocational and Academic Drama Schools. His Theatre work covers the whole range of periods and styles, with an emphasis on new writing. He has been associated with Canberra REP for some 30 years with productions including: A Doll’s House (Ibsen); Witness For The Prosecution (Christie); The Threepenny Opera (Brecht/Weill); Arcadia (Stoppard); Don Parties On (Williamson); The Pig Iron People (Doyle); Sly Fox (Gelbart); Black Comedy (Shaffer); Tom And Viv (Hastings); Gasping (Elton); Away (Gow); Tartuffe (Moliere); Just Between Ourselves (Ayckbourn); and Enter A Free Man (Stoppard). His recent production of The Gospel According To Paul (Biggins) has toured successfully around Australia. He has won various awards across the country over the years, and the Order of Australia (AM) in 2013.

Aarne is the director for REP's 2024 production of The Actress, playing 2 - 18 May.

Throughout the year, the directors from REP's mainstage productions will each present a one-off Director's workshop. Topics will be chosen by each director with limited paid spots available for each session. So, if you see one you like, best book in quick!

If you have any questions please email or call (02) 6257 1950 or (02) 6247 4222 - Wed - Fri 10am - 4pm.

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PAST Workshops

A Director's Vision with Anne Somes — 7pm, Monday 4 March 2024 — CLICK FOR DETAILS 


Monday 4 March

Anne will take participants through the key elements a director needs to consider when approaching a play - from casting and technical design, through to more practical aspects like drafting a rehearsal schedule and developing a lighting plot and soundscape.

About Anne

Anne formed Free-Rain Theatre Company in 1995 and this is the 28th year the company has been in production. Free-Rain Theatre Company was the Company in Residence at the Currong Contemporary Arts Theatre in 1999. Free-Rain was based at the Courtyard Studio from 2000 to 2015. In 2013, the Company staged The Phantom of the Opera in the Canberra Theatre. This was followed by Mary PoppinsThe Little Mermaid and Wicked. Free-Rain has produced Mamma MiaPricilla, Queen of the Desert at the Q. In 2024, the company will be staging Billy Elliot, The Musical. Some firm favourites Anne has directed for Free-Rain are: A Street Car Named DesireEquusA Month of SundaysChicagoCosiThe RemovalistsBrilliant LiesGuys and Dolls and West Side Story.

Anne was a Judge for the Canberra Area Theatre Awards between 2007 and 2017 and enjoyed seeing artists and companies grow over the years. Since its inception, the Company has won over 70 awards in both local and interstate performances. This includes 7 Canberra Critics Circle Awards and personal directing awards. Anne is Joint Head of the Play Panel for The Ovations which are a new Performing Arts Awards entity formed in 2021 for the Canberra/Queanbeyan district. In 2019, Anne was recognized as an ACT Finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards. 

Anne first love of theatre came from sitting in a Riverside Hut where Canberra Repertory performed in the early years. Anne has previously directed two great plays To Kill a Mockingbird and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof for REP She is delighted to be joining with REP to present Neil Simon’s witty play about 1960s sexual revolution Last of the Red Hot Lovers.



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