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Director, Actor and Text (DRAM90021)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 25On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeDRAM90021
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Director, Actor and Text builds on the knowledge and techniques specific to the discipline of directing for theatre introduced in Directing Methodologies and Dramaturgy, Text and Performance and Cross-Disciplinary Laboratory in Semester 1, with a particular focus on the direction of actors with text. Through group-based skills classes, seminars, individual supervision and workshops, the subject explores the role of the director as part of a creative team, defining the skills, qualities and processes that are essential to the practising professional director.

The subject comprises three distinct, but inter-related modules – an intensive focused on approaches to text analysis and interpretation with actors; a workshop series in which text is explored on the floor in a

scene study context and a program of engagement with new writing in development. Underpinning these modules is a series of seminars conducted throughout the semester. The subjectwill examine text through a variety of lenses, each elucidating a particular aspect of directorial practice.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should be able to: 

  • articulate an individual directing philosophy that has at its base the qualities of creative curiosity and experimentation;
  • engage rigorously with dramatic texts, through private analysis and collaborative processes with writers, dramaturgs and actors;
  • direct with confidence a text-based theatre scene and a rehearsed reading of a piece of new writing in development, applying methods of background research, dramaturgical analysis and direction of actors;
  • work ethically within a rehearsal room context;
  • work productively and respectfully with writers and actors in new play development;
  • engage in rigorous self-critique and self-reflection, confidently evaluating their own and others' creative processes and outcomes.

Generic skills

Upon completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Create and organise aesthetic material
  • Use a range of research tools and methodologies
  • Solve problems
  • Lead others in the skills of problem solving
  • Interpret and analyse
  • Develop the capacity for critical thinking
  • Work as a leader showing initiative and openness

Last updated: 27 August 2019