Director As Collaborator

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  • ISBN-13: 9780205397099
  • ISBN: 0205397093
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley


Knopf, Robert


The Director as Collaboratorteaches 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.Features Active learning exercises throughout the textencourage students to learn through firsthand experience. A chapter on directing elements, organized into textual and visceral elements, introduces students to the fundamental building blocks that help directors achieve their unique artistic interpretations. Notes on collaboration by designers, playwrights, actors, and music directorsprovide students with real-world feedback on the importance of collaboration for a theatre production. A full chapter on working with designers, with case studies and photos, helps students develop the skills necessary to form collaborative relationships with designers on future productions (Chapter 5). In-class writing exerciseshelp students explore their ideas and develop communication skills. Discussion questions and key terms after each exercisehelp students solidify their knowledge and acquire the terminology that professionals use. Appendiceswith forms for auditions, rehearsals, and productions; aglossary; and acomprehensive list of one-act play anthologiesprovide additional resources for assignments, projects, and productions. Praise forThe Director as Collaborator"This is a well-thought-out book that has a new and exciting approach to the field of theater directing. The concept of collaboration is an important (and oft-ignored) part of the directing process. There are stunning nuggets of wisdom within this text that drive the text forward - it's the director's job to be an idealist, and this work chooses to show how this idealism can be fore-grounded and made a significant part of the process." --Christopher Berchild, Indiana State University"This is a very readable book, written in an easy, conversational style using personal experiences and well-defined examples. I think that this is an excellent text for beginning directors of any age. Because of his teaching and directing style, one feels that the author is sitting across the production table having a conversation with a group of friends." --Margaret Brennan, Harrisburg Area Community CollegeKnopf, Robert is the author of 'Director As Collaborator ', published 2005 under ISBN 9780205397099 and ISBN 0205397093.

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