Fall 2013

The Director's Process

Listed in: Theater and Dance, as THDA-240

Formerly listed as: THDA-45


Charlotte L. Brathwaite (Section 01)


The goal of this course is to develop the students’ practical abilities to stage vivid, moving, meaningful works of theatre. Combining Viewpoints techniques with an intercultural performancevocabulary, we will enhance the students’ knowledge of their body and voice as an instrument for creating both devised and text based work. Each class begins with preparing a ground work of physical exercises and warm ups that are designed to warm the body and understand the natural principles of movement, time and space on stage. We then move on to compositions, whereeach student will serve as a director, writer, designer, dramaturg, performer, etc. in the creation of new works. The class involves weekly scene work and critical analysis while seeking to engage in an intensive investigation into the art of directing. Texts will be chosen from a wide repertoire of national and international playwrights including Antonin Artaud, Amiri Baraka, Samuel Beckett, Alfred Jarry, Heiner Mueller, Suzan-Lori Parks, William Shakespeare, Gertrude Stein and Gao Xingjian. Compositions are site specific or performed in class and include specific criteria. Students are expected to dedicate significant outside rehearsal time to this class.

Requisites: One of the following--THDA 111, 112 or 113, or equivalent college-level experience with consent of the instructor. Fall semester. Visiting Asst. Professor Brathwaite.

THDA 240 - L/D

Section 01
Tu 09:15 AM - 11:15 AM WEBS 19
Th 09:15 AM - 11:15 AM WEBS 19

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
The Empty Space Touchstone Peter Brook Amherst Books TBD
The Actor and the Target TCG Declan Donnellan Amherst Books TBD
A Midsummer Night's Dream Pelican William Shakespeare Amherst Books TBD
Macbeth Pelican William Shakespeare Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2013, Fall 2024