As a director my main objective is to tell the story. I grew up with multiple generations of storytellers. Not people who worked in theatre but regular blue collar folks who could craft these vivid reimaginings from memories and events of yesteryear. All without lights, sound cues, costumes, or a set. Just the performer and an empty space. That has left a lasting impression on me and now contributes to my work as a director today. I strive to make authentic art without stifling the playwright's words. To empower actors to scream these stories from the rooftops. For the audience to share this communal experience that sparks a sense of desire. I believe theatre can ask those elusive questions society shies away from. The best part about watching those storytellers was the reaction from the family. Most expressed themselves through laughter or sadness. Others wanted to know more, while some gave their side of the story. It created a conversation amongst everyone.
Most of America would say “Theatre is performed by the rich for the wealthy”. While most
artists would say “theatre is here to create change”. I personally feel it’s neither. It is an artform of expression to create a discussion. I believe a play should leave the audience wanting. Wanting to watch more scenes. Wanting to learn about side characters' backstories. Wanting to decipher its themes and contents. Wanting to converse. Theatre isn’t here to change anything but to simply create the discussion. Therefore, what we do as a society afterwards is key.
Devin Christor is a director that focuses on plays that create a discussion. Since receiving his B.A in Drama from the University of North Texas he has traveled the country working for several professional theaters to observe established directors and study the ecology of regional theater in America. He was recently the Directing Resident at Milwaukee Rep, where he directed Julius Caesar & God of Carnage and assisted directed Indivisible With. Other directing credits include Into the Side of a Hill (Flint Repertory Theater "New Works Festival"), Freeze Out (Trinity Repertory Company “America Too" Festival), and Oba (Triangle Rainbow Productions "LGBTQ Short Play" Festival), The Gift of the Magi (American Players Theatre). He is the Founder of Nomad Street Theatre. A nomadic site-specific theater company that uses plays in the kitchen sink drama or well made play format.