PERF06039 2013 Directing 1

General Details

Full Title
Directing 1
Transcript Title
Directing 1
N/A %
Subject Area
PERF - Performing Arts
COMP - Computing & Creative Practices
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Rhona Trench
Programme Membership
SG_APERF_H08 201300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Performing Arts SG_APERA_B07 201700 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Acting) SG_APERT_B07 201700 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Theatre Design)

This introductory module asks learners to consider the idea of a director/direction/directing. The module introduces learners to the foundations of direction as a collablorative process, encouraging them to develop basic skills, capacities and attitudes for effective interdisciplinary co-authored work. Learners acquire an overview of the role, function and demands of directing/direction. Students get to explore key theatre directors, such as Stanislavsky, Brecht and Meyerhold for example, in an effort to examine different approaches to directing.  

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


develop and practice own vocabulary and ways of exploring and communicating with fellow creative collaborators to develop a shared understanding of the play.


explore plays from the perspectives of the different disciplines involved in the creation of a performed work. 


experience directing as part of the collaborative process necesary to practically evolve a scene from a play.


acquire a basic understanding of the collaborative processes of directing/direction


experience the practical evolution of a scene from a play to its performance

Module Assessment Strategies

Director's analysis of a chosen scene from a playtext 20%

Log journal 30%

Class contribution 25%

Individual scene direction 25%

Indicative Syllabus

General Introduction to Directing 1: What is directing? What is direction? What is a director? What are the key characteristics needed to be a director in a collaborativre environment?

Assessing the role of the director: Relationship with the play, actors, designers, space and audience.

The demands of collaborative processes of directing

Exploring the perspectives of the different disciplines involved in the creation of a performed work

Different approaches to directing

Examining the craft of directing through studies of key directors such as Brecht, Stanislavsky and Meyerhold.

The processes involved in the journey from page to stage: Selecting a play, casting, rehearsals, staging, blocking and into the mode of production.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Written Report scene analysis Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
2 Performance Evaluation class contribution Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 25 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
3 Individual Project scene direction Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 25 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5
4 Individual Project Log Journal Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Workshop Black Box Directing 1 Project 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

W.B. Worthen, The Wadsworth Anthology of Drama Fifth Edition, (Earl McPeek: Harcourt, 2005)

Mitchell, Katie, The Director's Craft: A Handbook for the Theatre, (London: Routledge, 2008)

Mitter, Shomit and Shevtsova, Fitfy Key Directors, (London: Routledge, 2005)

Rebecca Schneider and Gabrielle Cody (Eds.), Re: Direction: A Theoretical Guide, (London: Routledge, 2002)

Bloom, Michael, Thinking Like a Director: A Practical Handbook, (New York: Faber and Faber, 2001) 

Braun, Edward, The Director and the Stage: From Naturalism to Growtowski, (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1982)

Mitter, Shomit, Systems of Rehearsal, Stanislavsky, Brecht, Growtowski and Brook, (London: Routledge, 1992)

Brook, Peter. The Empty Space, (NY: Touchstone, 1996)

Braun, Edward. The Director and the Stage, (London: Methuen Drama, 1982)

Leiter, S. L. The Great Stage Directors, (New York: Facts on File, 1994)

Other Resources

Break away space for students to be able to work on directing ideas

Room with sink to work on props/costume/design concepts/art materials