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Stage Directing: A Director's Itinerary

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With Stage Directing: A Director's Itinerary, the student of theatrical directing now has a step-by-step guide to directing a production, from choosing a play to opening night. Unlike other directing textbooks, this practical guidebook provides instruction on how to organize the work of the director through the practical challenges of the directorial process, such as organizing a budget spreadsheet, writing casting notices, and setting up an audition space. In Stage Directing, the process of directing a production takes the form of twenty-one chapters, which contain helpful examples and tried-and-true exercises, as well as information on how to organize the directorandrsquo;s documents into a directorandrsquo;s production notebook.

andquot;This is the most comprehensive, common sense, step-by-step textbook on directing I have seen. Reading it is like having your your master director dad sitting next to youandmdash;guiding you as you work.andquot;

andmdash;Bruce Miller, University of Miami

andquot;Finally! A directing guidebook that takes the student through the craft of directing in an easy-to-process fashion.andquot;

andmdash;Beate Pettigrew, Johnson County Community College

andquot;Mr. Wainsteinandrsquo;s book is ideal for the beginning director because it offers practical and workable advice for both understanding the play and getting the play on its feet. Chapters on running rehearsals and those about staging both a straight play and a musical are especially valuable for directors with minimal experience or training. Think of it as a training manual in the best sense of the term and keep it as handy as your prompt book as you go from choosing the play to the opening night cast party.andquot;

andmdash; David Rush, Playwright

Michael Wainstein is the Chair of the Department of Performing Arts at Savannah College of Art and Design. He has directed almost two hundred productions at theatres in the United States and Europe.

Synopsis:

Stage Directing: A Director's Itinerary is a practical guidebook that provides instruction on how to organize the work of the director throughout the entire production process. Designed for the undergraduate student director, this book covers everything from choosing the play to opening night.

Synopsis:

With Stage Directing: A Director's Itinerary, the student of theatrical directing now has a step-by-step guide to directing a production, from choosing a play to opening night. Unlike other directing textbooks, this practical guidebook provides instruction on how to organize the work of the director through the practical challenges of the directorial process (e.g., organizing a budget spreadsheet, writing casting notices, setting up an audition space, etc.). In Stage Directing, the process of directing a production takes the form of twenty-one chapters, which contain helpful examples and tried-and-true exercises, as well as information on how to organize the directorandrsquo;s documents into a directorandrsquo;s production notebook.

About the Author

Michael Wainstein is the Chair of the Department of Performing Arts at Savannah College of Art and Design. He has directed almost two hundred productions at theatres in the United States and Europe. Wainstein was the Artistic Director of companies such as the Firehouse Center for the Arts, The Naples Dinner Theatre, The Lincoln Playhouse, and others. He has worked at The Buxton Festival, The Academy Theatre, The Blowing Rock Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Chicago Opera Theatre, Cincinnati Opera, and The Chautauqua Conservatory Theatre.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments and Photo Credits

Preface

PART I: First Things First

Chapter 1: A brief history of directing

Chapter 2: Choosing a play and securing a performance license

Chapter 3: Budgeting

Chapter 4: Reading the play

Chapter 5: Interpreting the Script

Chapter 6: Research

Chapter 7: Concept

PART II: Written word to three-dimensional world

Chapter 8: The Visual Collaboration

Chapter 9: Casting

PART III: Rehearsals

Chapter 10: Preparing for Rehearsals

Chapter 11: The First Rehearsal and Table Work

Chapter 12: Staging Rehearsals

Chapter 13: Blocking in different stage configurations

PART IV: Rehearsing a Musical

Chapter 14: Initial Rehearsals of a Musical

Chapter 15: Staging Musical Scenes

PART V: Rehearsals Continue

Chapter 16: Listen to your Inner Voice and Directing the Moments

Chapter 17: Working with actors

Chapter 18: Solving Problems

Chapter 19: Stumble-throughs, Work-throughs, and Run-throughs

Chapter 20: Technical Rehearsals and Adding Elements

PART VI: Opening the Show

Chapter 21: Final Dress to Opening NightAppendix 1: Genre and Playing Style

Appendix 2: Script Analysis Case Studyandmdash;The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

Appendix 3: Sample Rehearsal Schedules

Appendix 4: Master Schedule of Production Deadlines

Appendix 5: Contracts

Glossary

Product Details

ISBN:
9781585103959
Subtitle:
A Director's Itinerary
Publisher:
Focus
Author:
Wainstein, Michael
Subject:
Theater - Direction & Production
Subject:
Drama-Directing and Production
Subject:
Directing
Subject:
Theatre
Subject:
Practical
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20120315
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Charts, diagrams
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 7 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Drama » Directing and Production
Arts and Entertainment » Drama » Production » General
History and Social Science » Literary History » General

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Stage Directing: A Director's Itinerary is a practical guidebook that provides instruction on how to organize the work of the director throughout the entire production process. Designed for the undergraduate student director, this book covers everything from choosing the play to opening night.
"Synopsis" by ,
With Stage Directing: A Director's Itinerary, the student of theatrical directing now has a step-by-step guide to directing a production, from choosing a play to opening night. Unlike other directing textbooks, this practical guidebook provides instruction on how to organize the work of the director through the practical challenges of the directorial process (e.g., organizing a budget spreadsheet, writing casting notices, setting up an audition space, etc.). In Stage Directing, the process of directing a production takes the form of twenty-one chapters, which contain helpful examples and tried-and-true exercises, as well as information on how to organize the directorandrsquo;s documents into a directorandrsquo;s production notebook.
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