Theatre Practice II: Directing (DRA3009)

StaffMiss Alix Harris - 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. Work with a theoretical and research-based knowledge of directing and play-texts
  • 2. Understand the place of criticism in interpretative practice
  • 3. 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. Work effectively with others in small task-orientated groups; 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. Utilise research tools and to translate theory into practice
  • 6. 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. Collaborate in various groups and group sizes, negotiating and managing conflict, and demonstrating leadership skills when appropriate
  • 9. Balance self-direction and collaborative work; 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

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that the module will begin 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.. 

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
Process into performance70Ongoing (includes a 15 minute and a 40 minute practical assignment)1-5, 7-9Oral and written feedback
Portfolio303000 words1-2, 6, 9Written

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Process into performancePortfolio - 5000 words or equivalent if using audio-visual materials 1-5, 7-9Referral/Deferral period
PortfolioPortfolio1-2, 6, 9Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

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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directing, theatre, staging