'Conversations' to discuss experiences of a theater director

University Park, Pa. — It’s extremely rare for anyone to make a living as a theater director, but that’s just what Di Trevis has been doing for 30 years. When she began, it was almost unheard of for a woman to direct, especially in a respected and professional capacity, but after eight years as an actress, she transitioned to directing and has had a successful career. She’ll talk about her journey with host Patty Satalia on “Conversations from Penn State.” The show will air at 12:30 p.m. March 21 on the Big Ten Network. It also will air at 9 p.m. March 24 and 6 p.m. March 27 on WPSU-TV.

“I felt that to be a woman director would be an amazing and exciting thing, although it was absolutely terrifying,” Di Trevis, theatre director said. “I made that decision suddenly one day, walking depressed and heartbroken on Portobello Road in London and I sort of have never looked back.”

Trevis was the first woman to run a company at Britain’s Royal National Theatre and believes that successful directors coordinate assorted interests—always balancing organization and creativity. She says working with actors and technicians, maintaining a schedule and fostering imagination are just some of the diverse elements of theatre that directors are constantly trying to balance.

"Conversations from Penn State" is a series hosted by veteran interviewer Patty Satalia. The program offers thoughtful, in-depth exchanges with a broad range of remarkable people. In many cases, their trailblazing work has advanced their field and drawn national and worldwide attention.

Di Trevis is a theatre director. She was born in Birmingham and educated at Sussex University. She began directing in 1981 after eight years as an actress. She was the first woman to run a company at Britain’s Royal National Theatre, directing Happy Birthday Brecht, The Mother and The School for Wives among others. She has also worked extensively at the Royal Shakespeare Company with productions of The Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing and Happy End. Trevis has been teaching internationally for seven years, holding workshops in the United States, England, France, Germany, Austria and Cuba.

The show also can be viewed at http://conversations.psu.edu online.

For more than 20 years, Satalia has engaged dynamic individuals from all walks of life and areas of expertise. No matter the guest, she approaches each conversation with the same dedication to research and with a passion for helping people share their stories and insights with the world.

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Last Updated March 21, 2011