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This subject focuses on the application of a directorial practice rooted in close productive collaboration with artists from disciplines that are key to a director’s creative team – such as actors, designers, choreographers, dramaturgs and writers.
The subject is delivered through a variety of practical workshops, intensives and collaborative projects with students from other theatre courses (e.g. actors, writers, dramaturgs, etc.) or from other disciplines such as dance, film, music theatre or production. The projects may range in scale from table work to scene studies and full productions, with a focus on the development and application of a directorial practice that is flexible, responsive, with strong ethical grounding.
You will work alongside acting students in weekly workshops in order to gain practical knowhow of actors’ processes of developing a role; in collaboration with playwrights and dramaturgs in writing workshops, enabling the acquisition of skills in the generation and direction of new performance texts; and in hands-on laboratory classes with students and industry professionals from disciplines such as dance, design, composition and visual arts in order to develop embodied understanding of interdisciplinary collaboration and performance making.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should be able to:
- work constructively and flexibly with actors, writers, designers, dramaturgs and choreographers in the conception, creation, presentation and evaluation of new performance material;
- clearly and effectively communicate creative concepts to collaborators, audiences and other stakeholders, orally and in writing;
- adapt directorial methods and approaches in response to different collaborative environments and circumstances;
- critically reflect on your own processes and outputs as a director of new performance material with artists of varying disciplines;
- articulate ethical working methods in collaborative creative environments.
Last updated: 14 September 2021