Theatre Practice II: Directing (DRA3009)

StaffMr Martin Harvey - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesDRA1004 Acting and Not Acting and DRA2067 Staging the Text
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module aims to offer students an opportunity to explore the possibilities and methodologies of the director's role in depth, and its social implications.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. An ability to work with a theoretical and research-based knowledge of directing and play-texts
  • 2. An understanding of the place of criticism in interpretative practice
  • 3. An ability to manage the rehearsal and production process in order to stage a theatrical text.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Relate to others in theatrical processes and performances; to work effectively with others in small task-orientated groups and to initiate and sustain creative, analytic and interpretative work within strict time limits and to solve a number of specific technical problems and apply that understanding to performance work.
  • 5. Demonstrate the advanced ability to utilise research tools and to translate theory into practice.
  • 6. Demonstrate the ability to engage critically and analytically with physical discipline; the development of thoughtful creative processes, understanding of physicalisation in performance and the capacity to articulate that understanding in appropriate ways.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. Develop group cooperation skills, including the ability to give and receive constructive critical feedback, and to improve communication skills and advanced analytic abilities in discussions.
  • 8. Demonstrate the ability to collaborate in various groups and group sizes, to learn elements of teamwork and presentation, to negotiate and manage conflict when appropriate and to demonstrate leadership skills when appropriate.
  • 9. Demonstrate the ability to balance between self-direction and collaborative work; to adapt and design working methods for each new situation, self-management, collaborative working skills, problem solving, critical analysis and valuing own and others' ideas and beliefs

Syllabus plan

The module begins with students working with one actor on a monologue. Each director then develops collaborative work and directs a scene working with two actors and possibly with new writers; the module culminates with a performance of a scene in a found space in a series of open showings.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities66Workshops
Guided independent study234Preparation

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Practical assessment7015 min + 40 min1-5, 7-9verbal and written feedback
Portfolio303,000 words max1-2, 6, 9written feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Practical assessmentPractical assessment OR piece of written work1-5, 7-9Referral/deferral period
PortfolioPortfolio1-2, 6, 9Referral/deferral period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

 L. Catron, The Director's Vision, Mountain View, Calif: Mayfield, 1989

A. Dean & L. Carra, Fundamentals of Play Directing, NY: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1989

E. Donkin & C. Clement, Upstaging Big Daddy, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1993

D. Donnellan, The Actor and the Target, London: Nick Hern Books, 2002

D. Kahn & D. Breed, Scriptwork: A Director's Approach to New Play Development, Carbondale: Southern Illinois Press, 1995

R. Schneider and Gabrielle Cody (eds.), Re:direction., London and New York: Routledge, 2002)

J. Whitmore, Directing Postmodern Theatre, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1994

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March 2012

Key words search

directing, theatre, staging