How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog 69- TMI in Stage Directions

The 69th post in the video blog from NMI Artistic Director Elise Dewsberry – How to Get NO Feedback from Elise. Some advice about avoiding too much information in stage directions – such as backstory, summary of the scene to come, and micro-managing your actors’ inner lives. To see more from this series, subscribe to the vlog at… We create new musicals.

Elise Dewsberry Artistic Director, New Musicals Inc. Artistic Director of New Musicals Inc., Elise has been involved in the development of new works for over forty years: as an actor/singer, as a director, as a dramaturge, and as a writer. While living in Toronto, Elise served as the Assistant Artistic Director of the Muskoka Festival; the Co-Ordinator of the festival’s annual Musical Theatre Writer’s Colony, the Associate Dramaturge of the Canadian Stage Company; the Resident Dramaturge of the Smile Theatre Company; and was the co-founder of Toronto’s Script Lab. Elise spent many years touring Canada with Nine Months – a one-woman musical which she commissioned from writers Carl Ritchie and Stephen Woodjetts. Elise and Carl also co-wrote Any Body Home?, which was produced by the Cordova Bay Theatre in Victoria, British Columbia, and published by Dramatic Publishing. Elise joined ANMT as Associate Artistic Director in 2003; joined Founding Artistic Director John Sparks as Co-Artistic Director in 2010; and became Artistic Director of New Musicals Inc. in 2013. Elise is also the author and evaluator of the Book Lab and the Outlining Lab, offered online through, and publishes a monthly blog on the craft of musical theatre available at