Start Date: November 2020

Screen Wexford, in partnership with Bodecii Film, is seeking Wexford-based participants for a two-day Directing For Film & TV Workshop with leading Irish Film Director Dearbhla Walsh. Funded through Creative Ireland and supported by Wexford County Council ‘s Arts and Economic Development departments, this workshop aims to strengthen participants’ drama directing skills for film and TV.*


Dearbhla Walsh is an award-winning director who has worked on drama series including most recently Tales from the Loop, The Handmaid’s Tale, EastEnders, Shameless, Penny Dreadful, The Tudors and much to her nephew’s delight the Netflix Marvel series The Punisher. She won the 2009 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special for Little Dorrit. She directed Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot, starring Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench, a television film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel of the same name. She has also directed several art/dance films, funded by the Arts Council, in collaboration with Fearghus Ó Conchúir including Match and I’m Roger Casement. Walsh has been nominated for the Irish Film and Television Awards nine times and won three times for directing in 2011, 2018 and   2020 respectively. Dearbhla Walsh is from Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo.


This masterclass will provide an insight into Dearbhla’s approach to directing. In addition to this, participants will work in small groups to direct scenes with actors in a remote capacity. This workshop is limited to ten participants. Areas covered will include:

  • Approach to reading a script.
  • How to communicate your vision. 
  • How to break down a scene on paper. 
  • Aids for spatial visualization of a  scene
  • How to block a scene with two actors and think of what is the  third character in the scene 
  • Finding the beats and mini beats within a scene and using that to inform your approach to blocking. 
  • How to guide an actor’s performance on the set.
  • Dealing with particularly difficult scenes e.g. love and violence. 
  • A one to one de-brief with each director at the end of the session. 

Participant Profile:

This workshop is aimed at emerging and experienced Wexford based drama directors. Directors must have directed at least one short film.

Application Procedure:

Applications Closed

Date: Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th November 2020 

Duration: 2 Days

Venue: Online

Cost: Free
Deadline: 17th November 2020 

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