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Unformatted text preview: A. What is a director, anyway?
-An Audience surrogate?
2. Style Dictator? Leader? Collaborator? B. Types of Directors
1. Literal Bringing the playwright’s vision to the stage Highly faithful to the text 2. Conceptual / Interpretive Bringing the audience the spirit of the playwright’s text Faithful to the dialogue Changes to given circumstances: Time, place, etc. 3. Auteur Bringing the audience their own vision Text as raw material to be changed at will C. (One version of) A Director’s Process Play selection If Necessary:
-Cut text Read – repeatedly
-Beats? Actions? Throughline/Spine? Emotional responses? Images? Practical needs? Research Approach/Concept Begin work with design team
: Approach; specific requirements
-Oversight, control, or collaboration? Casting
-90% of good directing?
-Looking for: Presence? Training? Skills? Chemistry? Attitude? Experience? Fit to role?
Directability? Rehearsals (more info ahead) Letting Go D. Elements of the Rehearsal Process (in Michelle’s Preferred Order)
1. Ensemble building & Table work Read-through 2. Preliminary Rehearsals Improvisation Relationship work Playing extremes 3. Blocking Where (and how) the actors move Director driven or collaboratively decided? 4. Working scenes Sometimes happens alongside blocking Clarity and depth 5. Repetition and refinement Run-throughs Transitions 6. Tech / Dress Adding technical elements Dress runs E. What is the Director Looking for in Rehearsal?
2. Stage pictures Contribute meaning
-Emphasis Looking pretty F. Collaborator: The Stage Manager
1. Works closely with the director
2. Facilitates communication
3. Takes blocking
4. Oversees Crew
5. Maintains the integrity of the crew ...
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- Spring '08