|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Graduate coursework|
|Fees||Subject 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.
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