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Take a note -- Advanced Directing is no longer offered; directors must take senior thesis (same 3 credits) for graduation. Consult your advisor!

If you major in Directing, you will have extra assignments in this class.

Highly recommended that you take THR215 Dramatic Literature Class before enrolling in this course!

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Updated (Spring 2002) syllabus will be in your directory @ StageMatrix

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THR 331 Fundamentals of Stage and Film Direction

Anatoly Antohin

SPRING, 2002
T, R 3.40-5.10 pm
Green Room & Lab Theatre
Office Hrs: by appointment
Phone: 474-7754
This course will be focused on the art (science) of stage direction and film directing -- a brief history of its development, functions of the director, and components of the art. Specific areas to be studied are script analysis, composition, working with actors, and organizing a production. The student will direct two scenes (stage and video) and a number of shorter performance assignments dealing with focus, movement, and prop. There are two prompt books (for midterm and final exams), scene analyses, rehearsal schedules, and one written critique of a UAF Spring productions viewed in performance. Two tests on Dramatic, Performance and Film theory.

Directors on DIRECTING
DIRECTING ACTORS by Judith Weston (recommend)
The following plays are also your required reading Tragedy -- HAMLET, Shakespeare Comedy -- Inspector General, Gogol or/and Twelfth Night Drama -- Three Sisters, Chekhov
Please read all three plays right away as they will be used as examples throughout the course.
Recommend: ACTING in Person and Style, by Jerry Crawford (Check "Actors on Acting" THR 221 Intermediate Acting Textbook).

ATTENDANCE: Each student will be allowed one absence without penalty. After one, each subsequent non-excused absence will result in lowering the final grade for the course by 5%.

Attendance/participation & discussion 20%
Performance projects (scenes): Midterm and Final exams 20% + 30%
Written assignments + Promt Book 10%
Class Projects 10%
Tests 5% + 5%

ALL ASSIGNMENTS (written or performed) WILL BE SUBMITTED ON TIME OR PENALIZED 5% FOR EACH LATE DAY. LATE WORK FROM DIRECTORS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. All written assignments, unless otherwise noted, are to be typed double-spaced, emailed or posted.

   -a silent scene
   -a video assignment
   -a period assignment
   -a movement assignment

First Scene: a short scene from Hamlet, Inspector General or Three Sisters directed with the Intermediate Acting students (THR 221) for the Midterm.
Second Scene: Video project

   -a scene analysis (graph & domino list)  
   -1 play critique from a directorial standpoint
   -a promptbook, including analysis of scene, play, characters,
rehearsal schedule, ground-plan, graphs, prop/light/costume
plots, rehearsal diaries, etc.

PRODUCTIONS CRITIQUE REQUIRED: You are required to see the shows of the Spring season, select one for your directorial analysis. You are required to write one critique which must be submitted before the discussion in class. (see a critique checklist/format in THR 331 Master File).


Week 1 1/17: Intro, History, Functions. Spectatorship. Theory: Begin Script Analysis. Review Aristotle's "Poetics". Idea(s) into Concept. Textbook: VII.

Week 2: Discussion/Script Analysis. Scene Graphs. ABC of Dramatic Composition. Textbook: VIII.

Week 3: Text and Subtext: Dramatic and Performance Composition. Focus Scenes Due/Begin Blocking. Theory: Stanislavsky and Meyerhold. Method Acting (Realism) and Scenometrics. Textbook: V.

Week 4: Movement and Blocking. Objective and Obstacle. `Silent Scene'-- visualization and physicalization. Textbook: IV.

Week 5: Time and Space. Working with Actors: Acting Areas. Dramatic Theory Test. Textbook: IX.

Week 6: FIRST ROUND OF SCENES. First Prompt Book Due.

Week 7: Discussion of the Scenes presented. Written Responses Due. Midterm Exam/ with 221 Actors.

Week 8: "Winter Shorts" Discussion. Design/Lighting/Sound concepts. Assignments for Final Scenes. Basic Semiotics for Directors. Video.

Week 9: Rehearsal Techniques; Actors -- medium and tools. Textbook: I. Class Project: Endgame.

Week 10: Discuss FINAL VIDEO SCENES concepts. Genre. Style.

Week 11: Director's choices. Theory Test.

Week 12: Video production; discussion. Director's Check-list.

Week 13: Editing I. Viewing.

Week 14: Film techniques for stage directing.

Lab Theatre. Final Exam. Together with THR 221 Intermediate Acting. Video tapes and Prompt Books Due.
2004 & After



in focus: shows

projects: Bergman

read: books


playsChekhov, Ibsen, Shakespeare


For anyone who wants it, you may report on any book related to theatre directing in a written fashion. Glossary and lists of Recommended reading are in the Master File 331. Watch the videos on the list for "Film and Drama" (THR 380 W). Familiarize yourself with the Intermediate Acting course (THR 221).

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