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Directing for the Twenty-first Century

Semester and Year FA 2018
Course Number ARTS-UG1032
Section 001
Instructor Kristin Horton
Days T
Time 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Units 4
Level U


Same as DRLIT-UA 508 001.


With the advent of emerging technologies and new populations of generative artists entering the field, the artistic landscape of the American theater is rapidly changing. What are the implications concerning the role of the director? This course examines the origin of the stage director and how the craft has evolved since the last century. We will begin with several hands-on components that explore the fundamentals of stage direction including theatrical composition, analysis of material, collaboration with actors and designers, and the development of a directorial point of view. Special emphasis will be given to rehearsal frameworks that cultivate an understanding of the collaborative nature of directing as well as build equitable and inclusive spaces fostering generosity, encouragement, and risk-taking. Throughout the course particular attention will be given to the relationship between form and content, modes of spectatorship, and the political and philosophical implications of staging choices. Students will attend and analyze productions in New York City, present and observe creative work using a vocabulary for critical analysis, and keep a journal responding to readings. Our investigation is intended to lead to the development of an individual voice for each student and clarity in one’s directorial point of view.


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Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)