Jayne Mooney Brookes was theatre director at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Mass. for 20 years. She directed 51 plays there and also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Berkshire Theatre Festival. In addition to directing plays on both the Main and Unicorn stages of the BTF, she founded and ran the Playwrights’ Workshop. After moving to New York City, she started her own company, Apple Acting, and worked at Actors’ Repertory Theater Inc. with Larry Moss and Warren Robertson. Jayne was also actively involved with the Theatre for the Handicapped, and Bailey House.

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Jayne Mooney Brookes

 

I learned to direct by directing, working with actors and technicians many of whom were patients in a psychiatric hospital; most had never been on a stage or seen a light board before in their lives. Since then I have worked in different places and on different stages with both Equity and amateur actors, but I have never again witnessed the level of creativity and talent I saw on the stage of The Austen Riggs Ensemble Theatre. This blog is dedicated to the members of that group.

Jayne Mooney Brookes, 2009


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Director Jayne Mooney Brookes at rehearsal, 1977, {photo; Walter Scott}

A GUIDE TO JAYNE’S BLOG

A.  Narratives

Starting out

Learning to be an ensemble

Getting Technical

Details

B.  ANALYSIS

Becoming the character

Subtext

Individual productions e.g. Marat/Sade, In Circles

C.  PERSONAL

Portraits

Tidbits

Celebrities