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Histories and Theories of Directing [DRAM 321]

DRAM 321/3.0 Histories and Theories of Directing

Interested in Directing? This course is the prerequisite for upper year directing courses DRAM 323 and 422.

This course is an introduction to major theorists and practitioners of directing in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The goal of this course is to examine the evolution of the theatre director’s role. Students will be exposed to a variety of directorial practices, and critically consider how directorial choices shape performance creation and reception. The course will also ask questions about the role of the director in the theatre of today, and theatre in the future. We might ask, what prompted the creation of the role of the director? What theatrical problems did it aim to solve? What is the evolving role of the director today?

Students will also be pushed to consider themselves as the next generation of theatremakers and will be asked to reflect on their own preferences and practices: What kind of theatre do you want to make? What kind of theatre do you want to watch? What kind(s) of theatre are important for us, here, now?

Since the director’s vision of theatre cannot be realized except as part of a collaborative venture, the course will also include attention to design and acting theory, when relevant. Students will engage with materials through lecture, in-class discussion, in-class exercises, and written assignments.

INSTRUCTOR: Kelsey Jacobson