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The Director as Collaborator by Robert Knopf

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5

Design Collaboration

 

 

 

In your early work as a director, in most cases your ensemble will consist primarily of actors. If you are very fortunate, you may have a stage manager in rehearsal, and he or she may run the show in production or work with an assistant stage manager or a light and/or sound board operator to implement some basic lighting or sound cues. Generally, though, you won’t have a design team; instead, you’ll design the production to the best of your abilities within an extremely limited budget. You might run sound cues from a portable CD player or computer. In these first productions, you will be directing and producing “poor theater.” The term “poor” describes the financial and technical resources available ...

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