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THE163 - Fundamentals of Directing

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Introduces basic directing skills with emphasis on script interpretation, scoring, casting, blocking, working with actors /technical staff, rehearsal and performance.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
At the completion of the course, as documented by demonstrations, analysis, problem-solving and productions, the student will be able to:

1.Select appropriate material to direct.
2.Analyze scripts and interpret a theme.
3.Describe what a production team is and how it works.
4.Describe and implement casting procedures.
5.Score a script, breaking it into beats and objectives.
6.Develop an audition process and hold auditions.
7.Supervise meetings with designer staff. Write a synopsis of what the needs of the production are and oversee production staff.
8.Develop a technique when working with actors, developing the actor's process (voice, movement, and acting skills).
9.Develop a rehearsal process by writing a schedule, including a calendar breakdown of scenes and objectives to be met.
10.Direct a Ten-Minute Play.
11.Write a journal, depicting the rehearsal process.

12.*Write a conclusive paper about the experience of directing a scene, including,
the original scoring, beat by beat breakdown, character analysis of all characters in the play, theme, casting, rehearsal process, and show outcomes.*

*This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the College's Comprehensive Assessment Plan. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data (see Assessing Student Learning Outcomes form) and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Assessment and Special Projects.

Content Outline:
1. Introduction of the role of director.
2. The role of the director in production.
3. Finding appropriate material.
4. Researching the project chosen.
5. Establishing theme.
6. Breaking the script into objectives and beats.
7. Hiring staff.
8. Casting the production.
9. The rehearsal process.
10. Performance.

Effective Term: Fall 2008