This advanced undergraduate course will examine the role of the director from a range of perspectives with a focus on the shifting relationship between social and historical context and aesthetics. The syllabus places equal emphasis on work by male and female directors. We begin with elements of directing employed by theatre managers and other artistic personal prior to the formal emergence of the role and end with the work of major contemporary directors. Students will be exposed to the work of an international range of artists. We will analyze directors’ strategies for rehearsal, development, and play analysis and approaches to character, story, movement, vocal technique, style, composition, collaboration, and political engagement. Students will mine these techniques for use in original student work and develop strategies for structuring the world of the play and communicating a story to the audience. Prerequisite: introductory course in fundamentals of play directing.
Contact Jesisca Silsby Brater at firstname.lastname@example.org.