Notes on Directing

130 Lessons in Leadership from the Director's Chair
Author: Frank Hauser,Russell Reich
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 080271708X
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 160
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An accessible edition of a classic guide to film and theater directing offers insight into the craft's unique challenges from managing personalities and anticipating problems to working with a script and the key elements of staging, in a primer that also features life lessons gleaned by the co-authors throughout their careers. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.

Thinking Like a Director

A Practical Handbook
Author: Michael Bloom
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0571199941
Category: Drama
Page: 239
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"Concise and engaging, Michael Bloom's book is for anyone who has ever uttered the phrase, "But what I really want to do is direct.""--BOOK JACKET.

A sense of direction

some observations on the art of directing
Author: William Ball
Publisher: Quite Specific Media Group
ISBN: N.A
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 182
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Directing in Musical Theatre

An Essential Guide
Author: Joe Deer
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136246703
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 288
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This comprehensive guide, from the author of Acting in Musical Theatre, will equip aspiring directors with all of the skills that they will need in order to guide a production from beginning to end. From the very first conception and collaborations with crew and cast, through rehearsals and technical production all the way to the final performance, Joe Deer covers the full range. Deer’s accessible and compellingly practical approach uses proven, repeatable methods for addressing all aspects of a production. The focus at every stage is on working with others, using insights from experienced, successful directors to tackle common problems and devise solutions. Each section uses the same structure, to stimulate creative thinking: Timetables: detailed instructions on what to do and when, to provide a flexible organization template Prompts and Investigations: addressing conceptual questions about style, characterization and design Skills Workshops: Exercises and ‘how-to’ guides to essential skills Essential Forms and Formats: Including staging notation, script annotation and rehearsal checklists Case Studies: Well-known productions show how to apply each chapter’s ideas Directing in Musical Theatre not only provides all of the essential skills, but explains when and how to put them to use; how to think like a director.

Play Director's Survival Kit

A Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Producing Theater in Any School Or Community Setting
Author: James W. Rodgers,Wanda C. Rodgers
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780876285657
Category: Education
Page: 304
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A complete step-by-step guide to producing theater in any school or community setting, organized into six sections Play Selection, Pre-Production, Rehearsals & Performances, Audience Development, and Directory. Includes proven strategies for working with students, over 55 reproducible checklists, forms, samples, and more.

Leading from the Second Chair

Serving Your Church, Fulfilling Your Role, and Realizing Your Dreams
Author: Mike Bonem,Roger Patterson
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118429559
Category: Religion
Page: 208
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LEADING FROM THE SECOND CHAIR will raise awareness of the need for strong leaders in secondary positions. It will describe the value they can bring to their organization and to primary leaders when they are serving at their full potential. It will reshape the way they view their role, with an emphasis on their own responsibility as leaders. It recognizes the unique challenges and frustrations of serving in a subordinate position and equips these leaders with the attitudes and skills that they will need to survive and thrive in this new paradigm. Because of the scarcity of resources for second chair leaders, particularly those in the church, this book will offer a practical way to improve the performance of any organization. Leading Congregational Change discussed the importance of a "vision community"--a diverse group of key members who discern and implement the vision for a congregation--to guide the transformation of a church. This work will extend the theme of an empowered leadership team as we explore how individual clergy and laity can lead effectively.

How to Direct a Musical


Author: David Young
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135857571
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 200
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How to Direct a Musical is a lively and practical guide to the seemingly overwhelming task of directing a musical. David Young brings to this handbook his extensive experience as a director of over 100 productions and more than 250 workshops in the US, China, Senegal and Brazil. Young takes a pragmatic, do-it-yourself approach, guiding the reader from planning to casting, rehearsal to opening night. Topics covered include script analysis, collaboration with designers, musical directors, choreographers and crew, eliminating lengthy pauses between scenes, dress rehearsals and curtain calls.

Theatre Craft

A Director's Practical Companion from A to Z
Author: John Caird
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571305113
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 816
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Theatre Craft is an all-encompassing, practical guide for anyone working in the theatre, from the enthusiastic amateur to the committed professional. With entries arranged alphabetically, Theatre Craft offers advice on all areas of directing, from Acting, Adaptation, and Accent to Sound Effects, Superstition, Trap Doors and Wardrobe. Enlightening and entertaining by turns, the celebrated director John Caird shares his profound knowledge of the stage to provide an invaluable companion to anyone creating a play, musical or opera. Whatever the theatre space - the backroom of a bar, a studio theatre, or the biggest stages of the West End or Broadway - this authoritative volume is an essential reference tool for the modern theatre practitioner. Internationally renowned theatre director John Caird has directed and adapted countless productions of plays, operas, and musicals for the Royal Shakespeare Company, London's National Theatre, in the West End, and on Broadway-from Les Misrables and Nicholas Nickleby to Hamlet and Peter Pan.

True and False

Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor
Author: David Mamet
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307806499
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 144
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One of our most brilliantly iconoclastic playwrights takes on the art of profession of acting with these words: invent nothing, deny nothing, speak up, stand up, stay out of school. Acting schools, “interpretation,” “sense memory,” “The Method”—David Mamet takes a jackhammer to the idols of contemporary acting, while revealing the true heroism and nobility of the craft. He shows actors how to undertake auditions and rehearsals, deal with agents and directors, engage audiences, and stay faithful to the script, while rejecting the temptations that seduce so many of their colleagues. Bracing in its clarity, exhilarating in its common sense, True and False is as shocking as it is practical, as witty as it is instructive, and as irreverent as it is inspiring.

The Art and Practice of Directing for Theatre


Author: Paul B. Crook
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1317364554
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 236
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The formation and communication of vision is one of the primary responsibilities of a director, before ever getting to the nuts and bolts of the process. The Art and Practice of Directing for Theatre helps the young director learn how to discover, harness, and meld the two. Providing both a practical and theoretical foundation for directors, this book explores how to craft an artistic vision for a production, and sparks inspiration in directors to put their learning into practice.

Directors on Directing

A Source Book of the Modern Theatre
Author: Toby Cole,Helen Krich Chinoy
Publisher: Allegro Editions
ISBN: 9781626549616
Category: Theater
Page: 464
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Now that directors such as Stephen Spielberg, George Lucas, and Francis Ford Coppola are celebrated along-side movie stars, it is hard to imagine that little more than a century ago the director was a nameless, faceless entity-an overseer of workflow in the shuffle of shadows offstage. In surveying the pioneers who transformed theater into the dynamic art form it is today, "Directors on Directing" presents a timeless collection of writings offering insight into what it means to direct and how to better appreciate theatrical performances.

Different Every Night

Freeing the Actor
Author: Mike Alfreds
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
ISBN: 1854599674
Category: Drama
Page: 362
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A top-ranking director sets out his rehearsal techniques in this invaluable handbook for actors and directors. Different Every Night is the culmination of a lifetime of work in the theatre, the most complete rehearsal methodology in print since Stanislavsky. It offers a vital masterclass for actors and directors, full of sound practical advice and guidance, and is packed with techniques for bringing the text to life and keeping it alive - both in rehearsal and performance. 'Most of what I am as an actress I owe to Mike Alfreds. He gave me the language and the tools I needed for my craft' Pam Ferris, from her Foreword 'If I was allowed to train again to be an actor, but I was only allowed one teacher, it would have to be Mike Alfreds. To me he is a genius when it comes to acting and storytelling' Mark Rylance 'an illuminating and inspiring book... based in rich experience and acute observation of actors at work (and play)... essential reading for actors and directors' Rogues & Vagabonds

Kazan on Directing


Author: Elia Kazan
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0307271412
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 368
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Elia Kazan was the twentieth century’s most celebrated director of both stage and screen, and this monumental, revelatory book shows us the master at work. Kazan’s list of Broadway and Hollywood successes—A Streetcar Named Desire, Death of a Salesman, On the Waterfront, to name a few—is a testament to his profound impact on the art of directing. This remarkable book, drawn from his notebooks, letters, interviews, and autobiography, reveals Kazan’s method: how he uncovered the “spine,” or core, of each script; how he analyzed each piece in terms of his own experience; and how he determined the specifics of his production. And in the final section, “The Pleasures of Directing”—written during Kazan’s final years—he becomes a wise old pro offering advice and insight for budding artists, writers, actors, and directors. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Fundamentals of Play Directing


Author: Alexander Dean,Lawrence Carra
Publisher: Waveland PressInc
ISBN: 9781577666486
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 374
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This landmark work has influenced generations of stage directors and is considered the most influential treatment of the art of directing. Both theoretical and practical, this book offers content and information on the major technical and visual issues of stage directing that beginning directors will find invaluable. Following introductory chapters, readers are introduced to the basics--play analysis, basic technique for the actor, and the director's media. These chapters form an essential preparation for an in-depth examination of the five fundamentals of play directing that make up the core of the text: composition, picturization, movement, rhythm, and pantomimic dramatization.

Directing Shakespeare in America

Current Practices
Author: Charles Ney
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1474239854
Category: Drama
Page: 376
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In this first substantive study of directing Shakespeare in the USA, Charles Ney compares and contrasts directors working at major companies across the country. Because of the complexities of directing Shakespeare for audiences today, a director's methods, values and biases are more readily perceptible in their work on Shakespeare than in more contemporary work. Directors disclose their interpretation of the text, their management of the various stages of production, how they go about supervising rehearsals and share tactics. This book will be useful to students wanting to develop skills, practitioners who want to learn from what other directors are doing, and scholars and students studying production practice and performance.

The Film Director's Intuition

Script Analysis and Rehearsal Techniques
Author: Judith Weston
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781615932085
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 389
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Based on the author's experience of presenting directing and acting workshops around the world for over 10 years, this book is a creative exploration on how to access and stimulate the filmmaker's most precious assets - instinct, imagination and intuition.

Surviving Production

The Art of Production Management for Film and Television
Author: Deborah S. Patz
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780941188241
Category:
Page: 263
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Then what Happens?

Storytelling and Adapting for the Theatre
Author: Mike Alfreds
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
ISBN: 9781848422704
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 432
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Includes over two hundred exercises, improvisations and workshops dealing with the practical aspects of story-theatre.

Stage Directing

The First Experiences, Second Edition
Author: Jim Patterson
Publisher: Waveland Press
ISBN: 1478626860
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 256
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Flexible and concise, Stage Directing details the seven steps that make up the directing process: selecting a work, analyzing and researching the playscript, conceiving the production, casting, beginning rehearsals, polishing rehearsals, and giving and receiving criticism. Each step is highlighted with valuable directing tips, as well as examples from modern and contemporary playscripts and productions. Exercises, objectives, and key terms put directing precepts to a practical test, revealing what is significant about each phase of the process. Over eighty charts, graphs, and photographs unite to exemplify the text. With a fresh voice and an engaging writing style, Patterson provides insightful questions, suggestions, and illustrations that define and invoke contemplation about the role of the director. Three original short plays provide the opportunity for hands-on analysis and the application of practical concepts. In a final essay, Patterson highlights the function and growing artistry of the director in the modern and postmodern theatre by concisely examining the history of the director.

The Director's Craft

A Handbook for the Theatre
Author: Katie Mitchell
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134138083
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 256
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The Director’s Craft is a unique and completely indispensable step-by-step guide to directing for the stage. Written by one of the most adventurous and respected directors working today, this book will be an essential item in every student and practitioner’s kitbag. It provides detailed assistance with each aspect of the varied challenges facing all theatre directors, and does so with startling clarity. It will inspire everyone, from the beginner just starting out to the experienced practitioner looking to reinvigorate their practice. Katie Mitchell shares and explains the key practical tools she uses to approach her work with both actors, production teams, and the text itself. She addresses topics such as: the ideas that underpin a play’s text preparing improvizations Twelve Golden Rules for working with actors managing the transition from rehearsal room to theatre analyzing your work after a run has ended. Each chapter concludes with a summary of its critical points, making this an ideal reference work for both directors and actors at any stage of their development.