TEXTS: Director's Eye
The following plays are your required reading: Tragedy -- HAMLET, Oedipus, Shakespeare Comedy -- Twelfth Night Drama -- Three Sisters, Chekhov
Please read all plays right away as they will be used as examples throughout the course.
Recommend: The Director's Eye
Directors on DIRECTING (recom)
DIRECTING ACTORS by Judith Weston (recommend)
and check "5 Approaches to Acting" THR 221 Intermediate Acting Textbook).
ATTENDANCE: Each student will be allowed one absence without penalty. After one, each subsequent non-excused absence will result in lowering the final grade for the course by 5%.
ALL ASSIGNMENTS (written or performed) WILL BE SUBMITTED ON TIME OR PENALIZED 5% FOR EACH LATE DAY. LATE WORK FROM DIRECTORS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. All written assignments, unless otherwise noted, are to be typed double-spaced, emailed or posted.
PERFORMANCE PROJECTS may include: -a silent scene -a video assignment -a period assignment -a movement assignmentFirst Scene: a short scene from Hamlet, Inspector General or Three Sisters directed with the Intermediate Acting students (THR 221) for the Midterm.
WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS may include: -a scene analysis (graph & domino list) -1 play critique from a directorial standpoint -a promptbook, including analysis of scene, play, characters, rehearsal schedule, ground-plan, graphs, prop/light/costume plots, rehearsal diaries, etc.
PRODUCTIONS CRITIQUE REQUIRED: You are required to see the shows of the Spring season, select one for your directorial analysis. You are required to write one critique which must be submitted before the discussion in class. (see a critique checklist/format in THR 331 Master File, THR UAF office).
Week 1: Intro, History, Functions. Spectatorship. Theory: Begin Script Analysis. Review Aristotle's "Poetics". Idea(s) into Concept. Textbook: I.
Week 2: Discussion/Script Analysis. Scene Graphs. ABC of Dramatic Composition. Textbook: III.
Week 3: Text and Subtext: Dramatic and Performance Composition. Focus Scenes Due/Begin Blocking. Theory: Stanislavsky and Meyerhold. Method Acting (Realism) and Scenometrics. Textbook: V.
Week 4: Movement and Blocking. Objective and Obstacle. `Silent Scene'-- visualization and physicalization. Textbook: IV.
Week 5: Time and Space. Working with Actors: Acting Areas. Dramatic Theory Test. Textbook: IX.
Week 6: FIRST ROUND OF SCENES. First Prompt Book Due.
Week 7: Discussion of the Scenes presented. Written Responses Due. Midterm Exam/ with 221 Actors.
Week 8: "Winter Shorts" Discussion. Design/Lighting/Sound concepts. Assignments for Final Scenes. Basic Semiotics for Directors. Video.
Week 9: Rehearsal Techniques; Actors -- medium and tools. Textbook: I. Class Project: Endgame.
Week 10: Discuss FINAL VIDEO SCENES concepts. Genre. Style.
Week 11: Director's choices. Theory Test.
Week 12: Video production; discussion. Director's Check-list.
Week 13: Editing I. Viewing.
Week 14: Film techniques for stage directing.
Lab Theatre. Final Exam. Together with THR 221 Intermediate Acting. Video tapes and Prompt Books Due.
For anyone who wants it, you may report on any book related to theatre directing in a written fashion. Glossary and lists of Recommended reading are in the Master File 331. Watch the videos on the list for "Film and Drama" (THR 380 W). Familiarize yourself with the Intermediate Acting course (THR 221).
Assignments : staging exercises, scenework, text analysis, writing, reading
Exams : final scene 10-15 minutes in length involving two or more performers. Final production book.
Term Papers : production book
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