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^M00:00:10>>[Background music] I thought you wouldn’t
come. I came to the theater through dance. I studied ballet as a child like a lot of
little girls and there, I started doing plays. It was in my undergrad that I started taking
directing classes. That’s when things really changed.
>>After graduating from DePaul University, Daria Davis began working as a freelance director
in Chicago. In 2010, she came to UT as an MFA student and spent a 4 year of her life
directing an adaption of Jekyll & Hyde. [noise]>>Everyone who comes into this program has
got some professional experience under their belt. It’s also a highly, highly selective
program so the designers you get here are absolutely top of their field top notch. The
work that we do here on this building mimics a professional experience. Once we get into
rehearsal, I am no longer available to any other part of the world. [laughter] That’s
been an interesting thing to negotiate being in school. One must have like a pitch perfect
precision and understanding of where they are in the process of what they wish to accomplish.
It’s my job to facilitate that for a much larger group of people. Once the show opens,
my job is to figure out how to be irrelevant to it. That’s very difficult. It’s a hard
thing to let go of your baby, you know, and that is what plays are to me. I love little
else in this world more than I love plays. You’re sad. You have to frighten women to
keep them. You have to pay them not to go. There’s an incredible thing that happens that
only happens in the theater. It exists and then it’s gone. And it can never be again
and only lives on in the minds of the community who saw it that never gets old.