I am Morgan Gruber, the Assistant Director of this years fall play, Pride & Prejudice. The rehearsal process is still in the beginning phases, so what I currently do will change as the play gets pieced together more and more. As of now, the majority of my work is writing down everything that happens in each scene. I make note of who enters and exits where and when. I also write down all of the actors’ blocking and stage directions. Because I am a visual person and I like to be organized, I draw out a lot of the scenes. Along with my script, I keep a notebook that has pictures of all of the setups for each new scene. Once we begin blocking a scene, I sometimes give notes to the actors about a possible change they could make. Once the show is completely blocked and starts to develop its flow, I will be able to give more notes because the actors are becoming more and more comfortable with making strong choices. Although the actors’ lines aren’t completely memorized yet, they will be soon, which means my job is to be on book for them. If someone forgets a line or if the scene is skipping around, I will be following along in my own script and will shout out, if it is necessary, where they should actually be in the script. Although it is a lot of work, I thoroughly enjoy being the assistant director because it is so special to see something that you have put so much time and effort into, come to life. I love working side by side with the director, Jordan, and the whole cast and I have come to realize that directing is something I am really passionate about.
-- Morgan Gruber, '13