stage direction - an instruction written as part of the script of a play
instruction, direction - a message describing how something is to be done; "he gave directions faster than she could follow them" drama, dramatic play, play - a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage; "he wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway"
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SYNONYMS amateur, dabbler, dilettante. These nouns mean one engaging in a pursuit but lacking professional skill: a musician who is a gifted amateur, not a professional; a dabbler in the stock market; a sculptor but a mere dilettante.

ANTONYM professional

WORD HISTORY When Mrs. T.W. Atkinson remarked in her 1863 Recollections of the Tartar Steppes and their Inhabitants, ˇ°I am no amateur of these melons,ˇ± she used amateur in a sense unfamiliar to us. That sense, ˇ°a lover, an admirer,ˇ± is, however, clearly descended from the senses of the word's ultimate Latin source, am¨ˇtor, ˇ°lover, devoted friend, devotee, enthusiastic pursuer of an objective,ˇ± and from its Latin-derived French source, amateur, with a similar range of meanings. First recorded in English in 1784 with the sense in which Mrs. Atkinson used it, amateur is found in 1786 with a meaning more familiar to us, ˇ°a person who engages in an art, for example, as a pastime rather than as a profession,ˇ± a sense that had already developed in French. Given the limitations of doing something as an amateur, it is not surprising that the word is soon after recorded in the disparaging sense we still use to refer to someone who lacks professional skill or ease in performance.


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B.2. The Director

Directors assume responsibility for the overall interpretation of a script, and they have the authority to approve, control, and coordinate all the elements of a production. Since the 1860s in Europe, the presence of a single artist guiding all artistic or creative aspects of a production has been an accepted practice. Before that time, leading actors, theater managers, and playwrights staged plays, dictated financial matters, and made decisions on casting, scenery, and costumes. As these artist-managers gave greater attention to creating a unified artistic product on stage, the role of the modern director took shape. The efforts of Duke Georg II of Saxe-Meiningen in Germany, Andr§Ű Antoine in France, and Konstantin Stanislavsky in Russia defined the modern director's role as the single artist responsible for all creative decisions, resulting in a production that is a harmonious and unified entity.

Today, the stage director collaborates with the playwright, actors, designers, and technicians to stage a carefully crafted vision of life based upon his or her interpretation of the script. In all events, the director is the controlling artist responsible for unifying the production elements. The director works intensely with actors in rehearsals, helping them discover their characters' inner lives and project their discoveries vocally and visually to the audience. Directors vary in how they approach the interpretation of the script and the rehearsal process, but the final goal is the unified production. Audiences today experience a production largely through the director's imagination, making the director as distinct a force in the modern theater as the playwright. Notable 20th-century directors include Max Reinhardt and Bertolt Brecht of Germany, Jean-Louis Barrault and Ariane Mnouchkine of France, Elia Kazan of the United States, Peter Brook and Sir Peter Hall of Britain, Giorgio Strehler of Italy, and Ingmar Bergman of Sweden. See also Directing.

directing -- the art of leading dramatic performances on the stage or in films. The modern theatrical director is in complete charge of all the artistic aspects of a dramatic presentation... [The Columbia Encyclopedia]


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The verb direct has 13 meanings:

Meaning #1: command with authority

Meaning #2: intend (something) to move towards a certain goal
  Synonyms: target, aim, place, point

Meaning #3: guide the actors in (plays and films)

Meaning #4: be in charge of

Meaning #5: take somebody somewhere
  Synonyms: lead, take, conduct, guide

Meaning #6: cause to go somewhere
  Synonym: send

Meaning #7: aim or direct at; as of blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment
  Synonyms: aim, take, train, take aim

Meaning #8: lead, as in the performance of a musical composition; Bairenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"
  Synonyms: conduct, lead

Meaning #9: give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction

Meaning #10: specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public
  Synonyms: calculate, aim

Meaning #11: direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
  Synonyms: steer, maneuver, manoeuvre, point, head, guide, channelize, channelise

Meaning #12: put an address on (an envelope, for example)
  Synonym: address

Meaning #13: plan and direct (a complex undertaking)
  Synonyms: mastermind, engineer, organize, organise, orchestrate
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