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The Director as Collaborator

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The Director as Collaborator teaches essential directing skills while emphasizing how directors and theatre productions benefit from collaboration. Good collaboration occurs when the director shares responsibility for the artistic creation with the entire production, including actors, designers, stage managers and technical staff. Leadership does not preclude collaboration; in theatre, these concepts can and should be complementary. Students will develop their abilities by directing short scenes and plays and by participating in group exercises.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Dedication
  6. Table of Contents
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. Introduction
    1. What Is Collaboration?
    2. The Core Action
    3. The Responsibilities of Collaboration
    4. Fundamental Techniques
    5. Supplemental Reading
  9. 1 Collaboration and Leadership
    1. Balancing Leadership and Collaboration
    2. Supplemental Reading
  10. 2 Core Action
    1. Story and Plot
    2. Exercise Critique
    3. Action Analysis
    4. Script Analysis
    5. KeyTenns
    6. Supplemental Reading
  11. 3 Collaboration in Rehearsal
    1. The First Scene Collaboration
    2. Preparation
      1. Sample Rehearsal Schedule
    3. Rehearsal Observations
    4. Videotaping Rehearsals
    5. Supplemental Reading
  12. 4 Directing Elements
    1. Textual Elements
      1. Structure
      2. Actions and Objectives
      3. Shifts and Key Moments
      4. Groundplan
      5. Character
      6. Relationship and Status
      7. Language
    2. Visceral Elements
      1. Tempo and Rhythm
      2. Sound and Mood
      3. Visual Composition
      4. Movement
      5. Gesture
      6. Environment
      7. Style
    3. Integrating Directing Elements
    4. Script Analysis
    5. Dramaturgy Checklist
  13. 5 Design Collaboration
    1. Core Action Statements
      1. Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
      2. The Baltimore Waltz by Paula Vogel
      3. The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter
      4. Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
    2. Design Timetable
    3. Key Terms
    4. Supplemental Reading
  14. 6 Other Collaborators
    1. Playwrights
      1. Readings and Staged Readings
    2. Dramaturgs
    3. Music Directors and Choreographers
    4. Key Terms
  15. 7 Auditions and Casting
    1. Casting the One-Act Plays
    2. Audition Goals
    3. Supplemental Reading
  16. Appendix A Forms
    1. Project Proposal Form
    2. Sample Audition Notice
    3. Audition Form
    4. Sample Callback Form
    5. Sample Cast List
    6. Rehearsal Observation Form
    7. Producing Checklist
    8. Program Information
    9. Poster Information
    10. Course Outline
  17. Appendix B Glossary of Key Terms
  18. Appendix C Bibliography of One-Act Plays
  19. Appendix D Selected Bibliography
    1. Directing
    2. Acting
    3. Design
    4. Playwriting
    5. Dramaturgy
    6. Ensembles
    7. Theater History and Theory
    8. Management
    9. Publicity
  20. Index