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The Great Stage Directors: 100 Distinguished Careers of the Theater by Samuel L. Leiter 0816026025 Director reads. Two things you should do right away -- read through the textbooks + read Hamlet. In fact, it would be better, if you do it before we see each other for the first time in class.


Spectacle The links are not collected yet. See other directing pages, please. Bibliography, for example.

Use BOOKS directory's webpage for now. Books for Directors (list) will be placed in Appendix later.

Use the links!

You can add your books-links to THEATRE BOOKS htmlgear yourself!

Subscribe to Directors' Forum and ask the List!

Kids, I have no time for anything, I resigned from a few editing positions -- I have to work on own books-in-progress. This "progress" has to come to its end. So I advertise myself and my books. Write your comments, while the books are in progress.

Anatoly 2001


DIRECTING PLAYS by Don Taylor A Theatre Arts Book, 200 pp $20.95

To follow your textbook, see Script Analysis for periods, styles and theories

Other usefull books I will place in biblio file.

Read the directors and by the end of this semester, you will get a feeling, that all are working in the same direction: developing new languistic abilities of the stage languages. I say "languages"! Set, lighting, sound... only for a general purpose we can combine them under the name "design": in fact, they are the directorial tools -- and without them modern spectacle is impossible (Broadway is the extreme case).

My advice to directors is to recall the three main princinples of TEXTURE in the Aristotlian The Poetics: Language, Music, Spectacle. What if I am to position in order of priority:




Did you notice that that king of the stage (Language), whcih was the story of history under the name of "History of Drama" is not in the first place. We say "SHOWBUSINESS" -- we insist on SEEING, not hearing!
Acting One
Fundamentals : BioMethod

View from the Future: 2004 *


Vsevolod Meyerhold


NEW -- John Freedman: "Provoking Theater: Kama Ginkas Directs," the book I have written with Ginkas and published with Smith and Kraus.


Next time I should go back to "Directors on Directing" (textbook). And I should reorganized the syllabus in advance. Shrew2004 Meyerhold @ Work *

directing (list) *

stage management

Play Directing: Analysis, Communication, and Style, 6/E * Francis Hodge 0-205-41923-2
The authors emphasize that the role of the director is not as a dictator, but as a leader of artists working in collaboration who look to the director for ideas that will give impetus to their fullest, most creative expressions.The text emphasizes that directing is not a finite and specific “system” of production, but rather is a means for providing an intensive look at the structure of plays, of acting and actor-ownership, and of all the other crafts that together make a produced play.

play writing Amazon list *


One Acts "Small Chekhov" *

Fall 2005 UAF


Theatre Books Master-Page *

The Work of Living Art: A Theory of the Theatre by H. D. Albright, Adolphe Appia, Barnard Hewitt; University of Miami Press, 1960 - Adolphe Appia and "The Work of Living Art" - Preface - 1. the Elements - 2. Living Time - 3. Living Space - 4. Living Color - 5. Organic Unity - 6. Collaboration - 7. the Great Unknown and the Experience of Beauty - 8. Bearers of the Flame - Designs - Adolphe Appia's "Man is the Measure of All Things" (protagoras)

Drama / Theatre / Performance by Simon Shepherd, Mick Wallis; Routledge, 2004 - Part One: A Genealogy - 1: Drama and Theatre as University Subjects - 2: Drama and the Literary Tradition - 3: History, Theatre, Society - 4: The Essence of Drama - 5: Women, Theatre and the Ethics of the Academy - 6: Performance, Art and the Avant Garde - 7: The Rise of Performance Studies - 8: Performance Studies: Some Basic Concepts - 9: Postmodernism and Performance - 10: Recent Mappings of Drama-Theatre- Performance - Part Two: Keywords - Action - Aleatory - Catharsis - Character, Mask, Person - Defamiliarisation and Alienation - Embodiment - Empathy - Interculturalism - Kinaesthetic - Mimesis - Performativity - Presence and Representation - Semiotics and Phenomenology


biblio : Theatre Books & TEXTBOOK

SHOW = F (play, actors, design and etc.)

* Spring 2005/06/07 Textbook: The Director's Eye [ hyperlinked to the subject pages ]

Part I -- Basics
Chapter 1. Theatre & Life
2. The Nature of Theatre
3. The Role of the Director
4. Finding the Dramatic Action
Assignments & Summary

Part II -- Rehearsals
Chapter 5. Entering the World of the Play
6. Mindset
7. Those Powerful Words
8. These Things We Do
9. This Incredible Place
10. Rhythm

Part III -- Script
11. Analysis, Discovery and Images
12. The Rehearsal Unit
13. Life's Rhythms and the Scoring of the Play
14. The Concept Statement
Assignments & Summary

Part IV -- Style
15. An Intro to Style
16. Style and the Creative Process
17. The Theatre and Style
18. Ritual and the "Holy" Theatre
19. The Deceptive Challenges of Comedy
20. Comedy: Nuts and Bolds
21. Choosing Models and Labels
Assignments & Summary

Part V -- Working with Your Collaborators
22. Communicating with Actors
23. Memorization: The First of Five Golden Rings
24. Emotion, Gestation, Boarding and Function: The Other Golden Rings
25. Working with Playwrights, Designers and Others (Stage Manager)
Assignments and Summary

Part VI -- Theatrical Space
26. Theatrical Space: A Meeting Place for Actor and Audience
27. The Director's Approach to Space
28. Design in Space: Sharing Responsibilities
29. Guidelines for Blocking (Mise-en-Scene)
30. Blocking: Lenses for Viewing
31. Blocking: The Bigger Picture
Assignments and Summary

Part VII -- The Whole Picture
32. From Scenes to Plays
33. Rehearsal Progression
34. The Critic and the Director
35. Miracles, Changes and Basics
Assignments & Summary

* Spring 2006 see book
[ "Directors on Directing" Notes ]
After Theory of Directing required reading, post 200-word papers on Directing ONLINE (all students in class must subscribe).

Use the Homework and Questions sections for guidence.

Read the pages on HOW to write papers. Also, use the archives of directing classes for samples.

The textbook (see contents) has two main parts: Vision and Method, and The Director at Work -- we will try to cover both (most of it). In the syllabus I use the pages from the 1990 edition.

We won't touch part 4. Staging Shakespeare: A survey of the Current Problems and Opinion. You many use it as a ference, while working on 12th Night and Hamlet, the period stages won't be graded in class.

Part 3. Director At Work should give you a better idea about what "directorial process" is required. Please, read part 2 before reading part 3.


Play Directing: Analysis, Communication, and Style (5th Edition)

Directing for the Stage (Stagecraft)
Stage Directions Guide to Directing (Stage Directions Guides)
Stage Directing, A Practical Guide * Chris Baldwin An illustrated, hands-on guide written for all those involved in stage directing, particularly students, amateurs, and experienced stage directors.
144 pp • 6 1/2 x 9 • 54 b/w photos, 6 diagrams 1 86126 603 0 • April • $29.95 Paperback Original • The Crowood Press




[ Directors on Directing Textbook 1990 ed. ]

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One good look at your textbook, shows that this history of directing is short -- 20th century only. Easy to remember and understand -- this is is the Age of Cinema! Is there some main tendency we can notice in developing many directorial method and style? After reading Appia (138) and Craig (147) we know that DIRECTING is NEW TECNHOLOGY of theatre. With Meyerhold and Brecht it's became obvious; they understood the nature of SPECTACLE had chage, because the PUBLIC chnged (part 4 of our studies). As a result the Directorial Revolution changes the drama and acting. The Moscow Art Theatre (Stanislavsky & Nemirovich-Danchenko) had no lesser impart on Chekhov' writing, then Chekhov' plays on the forms of their theatre. The obvious case -- Bercholt Brecht himself: director, who writed for himself.

Did you see the SHOW formula on the top of the page? What is this "f"? Function! Director!

Spectacle = Directors/F (texts, actors, design. & etc.)

No, no, I am dead serious!


Stage Directing by Jim Patterson, University of South Carolina

ISBN: 0-205-38963-5 * Publisher: Allyn & Bacon Copyright: 2004 * Format: Paper; 208 pp


Step One: Selecting the Playscript. 

Step Two: Analyzing and Researching the Playscript. 
A. Structure. 
B. Acts, Units, and Beats. 
C. Character. 
D. Meaning. 

Step Three: Conceiving the Production. 
A. The World of the Play. 
B. What the Audience Hears. 
C. Helping the Audience to See: The Ground Plan. 

Step Four: Casting the Production: The Ideal and the Real. 

Step Five: Rehearsing the Production: Staging, Shaping Polishing. 
A. Stage Basics. 
B. What the Audience Sees: Composing the Action. 
C. What the Audience Sees: Picturing the Action. 
D. Actors Must Learn Lines So Directors Can Shape the Action. 
E. Intensifying the Action: The Actor. 
F. Polishing. 

Step Six: Giving and Receiving Criticism. 

ABC of Stage Technology

Directing Plays (Theatre Arts) Directing Plays explores both the theory and practice of directing plays, with particular emphasis on textual interpretation. Don Taylor guides the student through the complex process of choosing a play, the working partnership of director, playwright and designer, the delicate matter of casting a play, the rehearsal process and everything which needs to happen before the production is up and running.

Stage Directing: A Practical Guide

Directing for the Stage by Lloyd Anton Frerer

Directing for the Stage explores the rudiments of the theatre director's role and responsibilities by walking you through the various phases of a theatrical production.
* Directing for the Stage

Author: Lloyd Anton Frerer

ISBN: 0-844-25902-0
Description: ©1996 / Softcover
Publication Date: February 2001

Overview: Directing for the Stage explores the rudiments of the theatre director's role and responsibilities by walking you through the various phases of a theatrical production.

Features: "The Process of Directing" explores the director's tasks at the beginning of a production--namely, choosing, analyzing, and blocking a play. "Before Rehearsals Begin" illustrates more in-depth script analysis (in both theoretical and practical terms)and the audition and casting process. "Rehearsing the Play" discusses the relationship between directors and actors, staging crown scenes, and the rehearsal process. "Further Considerations" investigates directing challenges that arise with thrust and central staging and examines the different dimensions involved in directing musicals and motion pictures.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Process of Directing

Chapter 1: Responsibilities of the Director
Chapter 2: Staging a Scene: The Analysis
Chapter 3: Staging a Scene: The Blocking

Part 2: Before Rehearsals Begin

Chapter 4: Choosing the Play
Chapter 5: Script Analysis: Conflict Structure
Chapter 6: Script Analysis: Possibilities
Chapter 7: Script Analysis: Practical Challenges
Chapter 8: Script Analysis: Examples
Chapter 9: Audience Reaction
Chapter 10: Auditions and Casting

Part 3: Rehearsing the Play

Chapter 11: The Relationship Between Director and Actors
Chapter 12: Principles of Arrangement
Chapter 13: Staging Crowd Scenes
Chapter 14: Creativity in Rehearsal
Chapter 15: Blocking Rehearsals
Chapter 16: Polishing Rehearsals
Chapter 17: Preparing for Performance

Part 4: Further Considerations

Chapter 18: Central Staging and Thrust Staging
Chapter 19: Directing the Musical
Chapter 20: Directing the Motion Picture





Edges of Loss : From Modern Drama to Postmodern Theory (Theater: Theory/Text/Performance) (Hardcover) by Mark Pizzato 0472109146

Plato Read. A lot. And not just textbooks.

Good books.

One day I will get to the writers who changed my life. [theatre theory]

Anatoly (Plato, above) * biblio