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The Director as Collaborator by Robert Knopf

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Introduction

 

 

Titles possess great significance for most directors. The title of this book, The Director as Collaborator, might strike you as intriguing or as a contradiction in terms, depending upon your experience with directors and as a director. If you think of the director as the dominant force in creating the production, the idea of collaborating with an ensemble of actors, designers, technical staff, and, in some cases, a dramaturg or playwright, might at first seem to require directors to give up too much artistic control. Some of you might believe that directing is collaborative by nature, and that the title of this book is redundant. But most directors combine aspects of collaboration with more “controlling” working ...

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