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The Director's Craft : A Handbook for the Theatre - Katie Mitchell

The Director's Craft

A Handbook for the Theatre

Paperback Published: 12th August 2008
ISBN: 9780415404396
Number Of Pages: 256

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The Directora (TM)s Craft is a unique and completely indispensable step-by-step guide to directing for the stage.

Written by one of the most adventurous and respected directors working today, this book will be an essential item in every student and practitionera (TM)s kitbag. It provides detailed assistance with each aspect of the varied challenges facing all theatre directors, and does so with startling clarity. It will inspire everyone, from the beginner just starting out to the experienced practitioner looking to reinvigorate their practice.

Katie Mitchell shares and explains the key practical tools she uses to approach her work with both actors, production teams, and the text itself. She addresses topics such as:

  • the ideas that underpin a playa (TM)s text
  • preparing improvizations
  • Twelve Golden Rules for working with actors
  • managing the transition from rehearsal room to theatre
  • analyzing your work after a run has ended.

Each chapter concludes with a summary of its critical points, making this an ideal reference work for both directors and actors at any stage of their development.

Industry Reviews

'As an introduction to Stanislavski, and a demystification of the director's role, this is a comprehensive read.' - Total Theatre 'This is particularly useful for A level students... The book has a clear, matter-of-fact style throughout... A useful resource to staff and A level students alike.' - Teaching Drama

Preparing for Rehearsals
Organising your early responses to the text
Organising information about each scene
Investigating the big ideas of the play
Analysing the action of the play
Deepening work on character
Building relationships with your production team
Selecting actors and testing starting points for rehearsals
Preparing the rehearsal environment
The initial few days of rehearsals
Building the world of the play
Working on the scenes of the play
Getting into the Theatre and the Public Performances
Technical and dress rehearsals
The public performances
Context and Sources
How I learnt the skills the book describes
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ISBN: 9780415404396
ISBN-10: 0415404398
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 12th August 2008
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.9  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 2

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