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Introduction to Directing (THTR 2145)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course is an introduction to the basics of play directing, which includes guiding the beginning director through the various steps involved in casting, staging, rehearsing and presenting a play. You will gain hands-on experience through directing exercises related to composition, stage business and movement for the stage. You will have the opportunity to direct student actors in several assigned scenes for the class.

Topical Outline:
1. Stage directing styles and techniques
2. Stage terminology and directorial language and vocabulary
3. Four types of theater staging techniques to apply to different space configurations: proscenium, thrust, black box, and arena stages
4. Working with actors on selected scenes from plays

Learning Outcomes:
1. Direct effectively on a variety of different stage space configurations
2. Communicate effectively with actors using the terminology and language of the stage director
3. Communicate effectively with the creative team of designers: scenic, lighting, costume, and sound
4. Execute a ground plan and stage a scene with actors for performance
5. Understand how to analyze a play as dramatic literature
6. Articulate a personal response in a formatted play review to a play performance

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 0200 or ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042

MnTC: Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts