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Directing Theater 101: 10 Steps to Successful Productions for New Directors and Regional Theater Companies

Directing Theater 101: 10 Steps to Successful Productions for New Directors and Regional Theater Companies
Your Price: $22.95 CDN
Author: Wilma Marcus Chandler
Publisher: Smith & Kraus
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 143
Pub. Date: 2008
ISBN-10: 1575255839
ISBN-13: 9781575255835

About the Book:

What are the practical and creative elements for becoming a director? How do you get started? What is the best way for actors, designers, and crew to work with directors?

Directing Theater 101 is an essential reference guide guide that provides regional and community theater companies and new directors with the knowledge and tools needed to produce successful shows. It will also give drama students a chance to fully understand the art and the craft of stage directing.

Drawing on years of experience directing and producing plays, Wilma Marcus Chandler covers such topics as how to read and analyze a script to really understand it. She guides new directors with how to visualize a show and explains how to get started, researching and thinking about concept, music, lights, sound, and costumes. Tips are provided for how to hold auditions as well as information on how to talk to the cast and crew – and how to listen. New directors will learn how to stage a play, using blocking, body movement, stage business, exits and entrances. She shares skills for preparing a production, including rehearsal techniques, time lines, budgets, royalties, and publicity. Also included in Directing Theater 101 is a valuable discussion on how to prepare for a career in directing.

What people say:

"...a concise handbook that summarizes the key elements of play direction. Included: how to read and analyze a script; visualizing the show, research and concept; music, lights, sound and costumes; auditions; how to prepare the production, including timelines, budgets, royalties, and publicity; staging a play, including blocking body movement, stage business, exits and entrances, and talking with actors ... those in need of a quick-immersion experience – particularly someone with an 'Oh, my God, I've got to direct a play' deer-in-the-headlights situation – should find much of value here." — Stage Directions magazine

About the Author:

Wilma Marcus Chandler is an American director, choreographer, and acting teacher. She chaired the Theatre Arts department at Cabrillo College, in Santa Cruz, California, for many years and has directed productions for many Bay Area theater companies. She was co-founder of the National Festival of Women's Theatre and the Santa Cruz Actors' Theatre festival of ten-minute plays.