Theatre 450

THEA 450: Directing II

Prerequisites: THEA 227, THEA 327, and THEA 350; or permission of the instructor

Credit Hours: (3) Two hours lecture; two hours laboratory

The study of various significant figures and theories of stage production. Students are required to complete a final advanced project for public presentation of a one-act play. A final portfolio is also required.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

The purpose of the course is to give students advanced instruction in the directing of plays.

1. Introduction to the course

2. Texts and reading lists assigned

3. Review of principles of directing

4. Explanation of analysis expected

5. Assignment of shows for first performance

6. Analysis work is handed in

7. Auditions

8. Rehearsals

        a. Read through

        b. Blocking

        c. Polishing

        d. Technical

        e. Dress

        f. Performances

        g. Strike

        h. Critiques

9. Assignment of shows for second performance

        a - h repeated

10. Written final examination


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

This will be a very structured and demanding course with a great deal of outside rehearsal required of the students. The students in this course will be directing other students, so their maturity and responsibility is also being tested and judged.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

At the conclusion of the course the student will have directed the production of an assigned one-act play in a structured and supervised manner.


Assessment Measures

Each of the steps in section B will be assessed and graded.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

April, 2009