Typically, the Department of Theatre and Cinema will stage one student-directed show per semester. According to Wesley Young, associate professor and performance faculty head, when there are several qualified students who would like to direct, the department will go with the repertory system. Directors will then share time in Hawes Studio Theater and their plays alternate performances through the week.
Young has met with both student directors weekly to check on their progress and help ensure that both plays run smoothly. Working together helps the directors collaborate on problems and could help them in the future.
“I’m pretty good friends with James so it made the process easier. Really early on in the process we realized we were going to have to be very compromising with each other,” Hairston said.
“It’s very different and switching rehearsal space really affects the work you do,” Bristow added.
For more information about plays, casts and show times, visit the Radford University Department of Theatre and Cinema website.