The Art of the Theatre, Craig: When he (the stage-director) interprets the plays of the dramatist by means of his actors, his scene-painters, and his other craftsmen, then he is a craftsman – a master craftsman; when he will have mastered the use of actions, words, line, colour, and rhythm, then he may become an artist. Then we shall no longer need the assistance of the playwright – for our art will then be self-reliant. (148)
... 2009 :
Is it possible that now after UAF I will do my textbook?
Theatre in Ethiopia -- updates in Total Director
stagematrix.vtheatre.net -- new theory
"Every child is an artist. The problem is to remain an artist after he grows up." -Picasso
"The Stage Team" -- no, I am not get myself in the same trap, as in film Directing (FM) talking about director and writer, director and actor, director and dsigners, production cycles, no, thank you very much, I will write about director and director, director himself!
Fundamentals of Stage Direction
Dramatic and Visual Composition
Scene Breakdown [ scene study SS ]
Floor (ground) plan
Featured Pages: Biomechanics DIRECTORS ON DIRECTING by Toby Cole, Macmillan Pub. 0023233001 $64
SummaryI keep my webpages for my notes, preparing for classes. The pages are in addition to your textbook and my lectures in class.
The Possessed 2003
Notes2004-2004 UAF season * * Acting I : BioMethod
2005: in addition to master-teachers (Meyerhold and Stanislavsky) there are several "guest-artists" -- Grotowski, Artaud, Brecht, Beckett.
This course is an orientation to play direction and covers all the basic skills, requirements, and responsibilities of stage directing. Topics and areas explored are: relationships with designers, playwrights, stage-managers, producers, actors, and dramaturgs. The course also explores and puts into practical demonstration; script analysis and interpretation, blocking technique, principles of stage movement and effective stage pictures, directorial concept and realization of the text. Other topics include: auditioning, casting, rehearsal technique and the final rendition of a production.
Dramatic Text: The author's written text - the script - sometimes further defined as that text spoken by actors during a production.
Performance text: "all that is made visible or audible on stage" [Pavis, 1992 Crossroads, 25], and includes the dramatic text, the vocal delivery of that text, physicality, facial expression, the use of mask, light, movement, the use of space, costume and so on.
Famed director Sir Tyrone Guthrie has cautioned that "the only way to learn how to direct a play, is ... to get a group of actors simple enough to allow you to let you direct them, and direct."
If "dramatic text" (play), acting (performance) and mise-en-scene are the means of directing the public, what is Part IV? Genre and Time! Directing chronotope is this special subjective universe, where all (writer, actor, director and spectator) experience drama together...
Another note: director "acts" and actor "directs" -- what a paradox?
This is why I have such subtitle as "Method Acting for Directors" and "Directing for Actors" -- this is one process as far as spectator is concerned. It is only in the world of profession, we separate what is always together in this amaturish soul of our audience... Spectator, like a child, does not "take apart" his dramatic living, that's why we have "critics" -- what's why spectator resists any analysis, he is by nature is inufying force. After we finished the "cooking" we have to hide the labor, we must keep the kitchen away from the dinning table, we should left them, audience, alone -- to enjoy themselves. We pretend that there is no craft, no recipies, no control and manipulation -- we have to let them feel in control, it's their dream now. They should feel themselves CREATORS, authors, owners of their theatre experience!
I hope that part V (Showcases) could demonstrate this process, when the preparation cycles become invisible, leave public free for one (focused and intense) and one only expirience -- of making stories in their minds and hearts! But is the subject of the other web-project -- The Book of Spectator!
Well, this is the time to leave webpages and get back to real pages (books); the web structure becomes outdated at some point, when you want plain texts (text-only) without the hyper-links and pix... I will try to do it in filmplus.org/d (2005).
First, I have to bring together film and theatre directing!
2005 updates: Small Chekhov Fall * "Four Farces & One Funeral" -- Chekhov.05
The Theatre Team: Playwright, Producer, Director, Designers, and Actors. Contributors: Jeane Luere - editor, Sidney Berger - editor. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of Publication: Westport, CT. Publication Year: 1998. (quotes)
* Directors on Directing: A Source Book of the Modern Theater by Helen Krich Chinoy, Toby Cole; Bobbs-Merrill, 1963 - 1: The Emergence of the Director
- 2: Vision and Method
- 3: The Director at Work
The Language(s) of the Show (The Book of Spectator)
... PS? I do not plan to make new pages in this directory, even if I will be teaching directing in Ethiopia [LUL]. No more "formal" courses American-style, apprenticeship. Where this type will be developed online? I do not know. ANT
This is the main subject of this book -- the secrets. Three Texts
I do not write much about directing the text, because I have the SCRIPT analysis webpages, and I do not talk about directing actors eighter, because it is covered in Method Acting and Biomechanics. Not much about the public, because it is in the Spectator directory... What I want to focus on is Time-Space directing...Stanislavsky and directing? I better stay away from it -- directing actors, yes, read the acting directories...
I will be teaching Fundamentals of Directing in the Spring 2002 -- and will fix the pages before that time (ruined by theGlobe's death). And of course, read the directories I mentioned above.
This is the only stage directing class we have: FunDaMentals of Direction
Directing One: TextDirector & Text
Script Analysis for Directors
Directing Two: ActorsDirector & Actor(s)
Read Acting One and Method and Biomechanics directories.
Directing Three: StageChronotope: Time-Space directing
See Theatre Theory pages on "chronotope"
Directing Four: PublicDirector as Spectator
Our main character (hero) is Meyerhold ("Meyer" as friends called him) in my Biomechanics directories goes under the name "Master" [ from time to time you would see "Teacher" (Stanislavsky) poping up ]. "Master" (above) was the fist (at least in Russia) who understood the profession of stage director.
I never met him, he died before I was born (shot by Stalin); and I don't think that I like him (you'll see why). I write about his ideas, which I believe work for theatre. I use them in my directing and classes. Yes, it's my interpretation of the theatrical concepts of M (Meyer or Master for short). Does it really matter who, where, when, why and what introduced the idea, as long as it work for you? Mister M, Mr. A (Anatoly, me) or Mr. S (Stanislavsky)? If the stage concepts in the book could help you -- don't worry about the source: use them!
A: Yes, I am here, sir.
Master: Good. Why don't you shot up and get to the point -- directing.
A: Yes, Master. Part I -- the plays. For a long time I called it "texts" (the other still do). But if SHOW is a combination of performance "texts," we should call scripts "pre-texts"... Right? But the final dramatic experience takes place within the spectator's mind, heart and soul; should we call dramatic writings "pre-pre-texts"?
M: I like it! Where did you get it?
A: Semiotics, sir. Studying of signs. Stage statements in stage laguages...
M: The science? Go on.
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ACT III SCENE II A hall in the castle. [Enter HAMLET and Players] HAMLET Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue: but if you mouth it, as many of your players do, I had as lief the town-crier spoke my lines. Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus, but use all gently; for in the very torrent, tempest, and, as I may say, the whirlwind of passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance that may give it smoothness. O, it offends me to the soul to hear a robustious periwig-pated fellow tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings, who for the most part are capable of nothing but inexplicable dumbshows and noise: I would have such a fellow whipped for o'erdoing Termagant; it out-herods Herod: pray you, avoid it. First Player I warrant your honour. HAMLET Be not too tame neither, but let your own discretion be your tutor: suit the action to the word, the word to the action; with this special o'erstep not the modesty of nature: for any thing so overdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first and now, was and is, to hold, as 'twere, the mirror up to nature; to show virtue her own feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of the time his form and pressure. Now this overdone, or come tardy off, though it make the unskilful laugh, cannot but make the judicious grieve; the censure of the which one must in your allowance o'erweigh a whole theatre of others. O, there be players that I have seen play, and heard others praise, and that highly, not to speak it profanely, that, neither having the accent of Christians nor the gait of Christian, pagan, nor man, have so strutted and bellowed that I have thought some of nature's journeymen had made men and not made them well, they imitated humanity so abominably. First Player I hope we have reformed that indifferently with us, sir. HAMLET O, reform it altogether. And let those that play your clowns speak no more than is set down for them; for there be of them that will themselves laugh, to set on some quantity of barren spectators to laugh too; though, in the mean time, some necessary question of the play be then to be considered: that's villanous, and shows a most pitiful ambition in the fool that uses it. Go, make you ready. [Exeunt Players]
... Grotowski, Brecht... Contemporary directors? [ list ]
How much History and Theory of directing this "Fundamentals" class can take?
Perhaps, introduction should be in reversed chronology; from the present to past. They, students are postmodern creatures... Montage, film, games, collage, and so on -- their reality.
... Spring 2007 -- pomo.vtheatre.net : but how to intoduce it?
... Everything that doesn't fit, I am moving to filmplus.org/thr "theatre theory"!
Well, well, here we go -- Godot. To talk about Stoppard we need to talk about Pinter and his father -- Beckett.
A few words about navigation and the road signs. (I keep working on it!)
The banners and logos you see on my pages:
[ for Mining Film (links & books) ]
[ glossaries and dictionaries ]
[ film list-forum ]
[ Film Analysis pages (class) ]
Flash banner "film.vtheatre.net" takes you to Film Analysis pages.
Popup alert here and there is for my film email email@example.com
New big and tall popup windows slideshow select pages (like the one that came out with this page).
Well, this is in theory, of course. Other signs and symbols are self-explanatory: film books and etc.
[ POV, nonfiction pages ]
and the Film600 directory -- flash banners "Wrong Theories + Bad Subjects" [ film as philosophy ]
Film Directing: filmplus.org/film
flash banner "Directing 101"
200X class Aesthetics ("Arts Through Film"):
logo (small and big)...
Confusing? I pay for Yahoo and Tripod -- and they gave new, shorter domain names:
GeoAlaska = vtheatre.net
Film-North = filmplus.org
Oh, yeah! Virtual Theatre! Several symbols, depending of what aspect of VT is in focus -- stage, film, web and etc.
[ what does it? I don't know. Dancing! ]
Acting One: act.vtheatre.net
Method Acting: method.vtheatre.net
Script Analysis: script.vtheatre.net
Theatre Theory: filmplus.org/thr [ there is a big logo with the naked girl "Theatre Academy & Platonic Girls" ]
Books directories. Film : filmplus.org/books... Easy to remember?
Theatre: vtheatre.net/books -- you see the logo in the right table (not everywhere).
Writing: write.vtheatre.net (Russian)
Plays: plays.vtheatre.net -- did you see this flash banner? Well, this directory for my new plays-in-progress. In Russian. You are in English directory: filmplus.org/plays (click -- and you will get to the title page).
Web: web.vtheatre.net and the flash banner with the same URL. Wait! SHOWS: shows.vtheatre.net -- no logo? I can't believe it!
If you see my photo -- it must something about me: resume, bio, cv... [ one day I will make it better! ]
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