Rory Ledbetter is an actor’s director who has a strong talent for highlighting the story and emotional undertones of a play. His directing process focuses on relationships, rhythm, pacing, text, and movement to imbue each production with a vitality that captivates the audience and makes them connect to their inner imagination. Rory’s extensive training in Fitzmaurice Voicework® gives him a unique understanding of how to highlight meaning in the text, how to coach actors to pour their authentic self into their words, and how to create texture and dynamics in the delivery of lines. He is adept at directing Shakespeare, workshopping new plays, and creating devised pieces of theatre. Also, Rory’s directing repertoire extends to modern plays, theatre for young audiences, and musicals.
Reviews of Rory’s Direction:
“The director’s hand in this is nearly invisible, which in the case of mingled repartee, combat, and slapstick is a very good and mature thing. Ledbetter’s ‘Playboy’ seems effortless and natural, which is a bit of magic.” — Tuscaloosa News
“The musical ‘Gentlemen’ that opened this week in the Lab Theatre had exactly the right cheeky charm and scruffy spirit….The well-oiled ensemble effectively demolished the ‘fourth wall’, interacting freely with the audience and even bringing the action into the seats.” — Tallahassee Democrat
“‘The Shape of Thins’ is outstanding — it shines both technically and artistically. Director Rory Ledbetter was able to take LaBute’s extremely complicated script and turn it into a very honest and exciting piece of theatre.” –FSView