Direk Nicky Trivino – the only Filipino to join Director’s Lab class of 2018!

Nicky Trivino is in NYC now and is the only Filipino participant in the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab 2018.
She was chosen as one of only 68 participants out of hundreds of applicants from all over the world.
A brief background on the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab taken from their website.
The LCT Directors Lab is a developmental program for nurturing stage directors from around the country and around the world. Approximately 70 directors participate each year. It is a series of workshops, shared sessions, rehearsals, investigations, and discussions with master artists that provide the emerging directors with an intensive investigation of their craft while fostering collaborative relationships among a peer community of artists. The Directors Lab is geared toward professional directors in early career stages and is free of charge. The Lab is not open to students, or those planning to return to school. It is designed for emerging directors who are working professionals, who have finished their studies. And studies are not required – many Lab directors are working directors who have never gone to college. The Lab also seeks directors working in a wide variety of ways – from new play directors, to Broadway AD’s, to directors in experimental theater, in church drama ministries, in opera, in devised work, in theme parks and cruise ships, in theaters newly founded in small communities. All are welcome. Last year the Lab accepted 68 directors from 22 countries and 13 US states.

Why did you decide to join the lab? When did you plan to and why this year?
For the last couple of years, Joel Trinidad, directorial collaborator, and I have talked about going to New York and taking classes. We wanted to grow and get better at our craft. We wanted to take classes in acting, writing, directing, etc. But, both of us have been very busy with projects the past couple of years, that we never got around to researching or doing anything about it. At the beginning of the year, Joel came across the program and immediately applied. I on the other hand hesitated, as I didn’t know if I was ready. I’ve only been directing for two-and-a-half years and I didn’t know if I was ready to join something as collaborative as the Directors Lab. With Joel’s encouragement, and with nothing to lose, I sent my application a day before the deadline. I can honestly say that I really didn’t plan any of it. I just took a chance and it happened.
What will be the focus for this lab? Will you have a culminating activity like a play to direct at the end of this Lab?
In the application, they mentioned that this year’s lab will be all about directors going beyond their comfort zone, and trying something they’ve never tried before. They also said that in the past Labs, they start with an idea and sometimes, the whole experience takes them somewhere else. So it’s safe to say, that all the participants should be ready to roll with the punches, and be open to changes in the Lab’s objective. There is no culminating activity, as the sessions are all about discovery through practical applications. Every director in the lab will have a day where they are leading

the session.

How many Filipinos joined this lab in the previous year?
There were no Filipinos in the lab the previous year. I can’t say if there were ever Filipinos who joined in the past 23 years, but I’m sure I can find out.
Lastly what are your reactions on having landed the opportunity and what is your advice to people who want to follow your footsteps?

I was honestly shocked. I didn’t think I would get in, since they were accepting applications from all over the world. They only accepted 68 directors and I am honored to be one of them. Being an introvert, I am also scared and nervous about the whole experience, but I’m mostly excited. I’m excited to meet directors from all over the world. I’m interested in finding out their process and I’m looking forward to learning from them. My advice for people who want to apply for the Directors Lab, share your passion on your application form, and let them know the kind of director you are, and what you’re going to bring to the table. The Lab is all about learning through collaboration. Go to their website and wait for announcements for the future labs. Make sure that you read about what they plan for the Lab that year, so that you can appropriate your answers to what they’re looking for (but still being honest). In the meantime, you can look at the past Labs and see what it’s all about, see if it’s for you.
If you want to know more about the other things Nicky has been doing and learning in New York, Follow her public Journal at this Link
She makes the Filipinos proud! We are excited for her future plays, musicals and her other endeavors! Congrats again to you!
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