|1. Description - |
|The qualifications of the director; the choice of plays for production; auditions and methods of casting; preparation of the play script; building the rehearsal schedule; fundamentals of composition, movement, stage business and characterization as applied to the directing of plays.|
|Prerequisite: THTR 20A.|
|Advisory: Not open to students with credit in DRAM 7 or 52.|
|2. Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- understand the relationship of the director to the total production.
- choose plays to direct in a multicultural world.
- prepare a script for production.
- audition and cast a play.
- direct the production of a play with an understanding of the process from rehearsal to production.
|3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
- Access to library, printed, audio visual research materials and video recording material.
- Three-ring binder for prompt book.
- Large flat rehearsal areas such as the auditorium stage.
- Appropriate rehearsal furniture.
|4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Identify and define the role of a director in a theatrical production
- Study the historical development of the director, analyzing how the role has changed from past to present.
- Interpretation and vision.
- Responsibilities to the production team in the overall process.
- Communication tactics and effective, constructive collaboration.
- Individuality of style.
- Develop criteria for choosing a play for production.
- Analyze elements of technical complications.
- Casting demands and community standards.
- Emphasis in the importance of selecting scripts that represent a wide range of cultural, social, racial and sexual backgrounds.
- Study script analysis and develop the process of script preparation for rehearsal and performance.
- Structure, plot, theme interpretation.
- Language and dialogue structure.
- Notation and building a prompt book.
- Understand efficient audition and casting processes.
- Casting of type vs talent.
- Process of auditioning, callbacks and final casting.
- Awareness of non-traditional casting (multi-ethnic, cross-age, etc.).
- Direct scenes with a focus on the communication of script elements.
- Communicate cohesive directorial concept and how it translates into production.
- Stage composition.
- Stage movement and business.
- Unity and style.
- Develop and use rehearsal schedules.
- Rehearse from a prompt book.
- Acquire production experience.
|5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.|
|6. Methods of Evaluation - |
- Directing projects will be observed and graded.
- Auditions, casting, blocking, laboratory rehearsals, performances will be observed and graded.
- Lighting, settings, costumes, sound and other technical aspects will be observed and graded.
- A midterm and final examination will also be given.
|7. Representative Text(s) - |
|Hodge, Francis and Michael Mclain. Play Directing: Analysis, Communication and Style. 7th ed. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2009. |
Ahern, John. A Director's Eye: A Comprehensive Guide for Directors and Actors. Colorado Springs: Meriwether Publishing Ltd., 2001.
|8. Disciplines - |
|Theater Arts |
|9. Method of Instruction - |
- Cooperative learning exercises
- Oral presentations
- Field trips
|10. Lab Content - |
- Field research through attending live performance.
- Development and rehearsal of student performance presentation projects.
|11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.|
|12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - |
- Noted director research oral presentations with supporting written analysis.
- Reading quizzes and discussion presentations.
- Post performance analysis and summation.
- Live performance critique.
|13. Need/Justification - |
|This course is a required core course for the A.A. degree in Theatre Arts. |