PERF06063 2013 Directing 2

General Details

Full Title
Directing 2
Transcript Title
Directing 2
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 module is designed  to further develop the interdisciplinary nature involved in the process of creating theatre. It enables learners to develop methodologies in the context of visual and material culture which define directorial approaches from a range of possibilities through shared experiences. It provides the learner with practical experience working with peers in small groups. Learners will explore 20th century key theatre and visual art movements and examine dominant influences to inform and enhance their development.

Learning Outcomes

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


recognise the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of creating a work of theatre/performance


process information on a range of visual, cultural and creative disciplines which can inform and develop the process of creating performance


explore how original concepts can be realised in in the creation of a work of theatre


articulate and reflect on the challenges, successes and failures of the process verbally and in writing


demonstrate understanding of key 20th century practitioners who have strongly influenced the development of theatre and performance movements


explore space, objects, cultural and visual material to create images that convey meaning

Module Assessment Strategies

Continuous assessment of the preparation and rehearsal process

Log books: students record and evaluate their personal journey in the directing process

Practical evaluation of the performance/workshop of the directed piece

Research Presentation: students demonstrate research, interpretation and reflection on the findings of their research experience


Indicative Syllabus

Selection of text

Exploration of cultural and visual contexts to inform the stylistic and interpretative choices for the production of a chosen text.

Examine the production process with an emphasis on and in the context of the collaborative, intercultural and interdisciplinary nature of directing

Examination of the artistic and practical demands of evolving a work of theatre, including spatial dynamics and exploration, scenography, technical requirements, and approaches to rehearsal.

The director's preparation process

To evolve, under the supervision of tutors from each strand (team-teaching), a text-based project.

Research dominant forces in the evolution of theatre and visual movements in the 20th century including key theatre practitioners work (for example, Andre Antoine, Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, Max Reinhardt, Alexander Tairov, Erwin Piscator, Jacques Copeau, Jean Vilar, Lee Strasberg, Jerzy Grotowski, Jurij Ljubimov, Giorgio Strehler, Peter Brook, Augusto Boal, Steven Berkoff)


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment preparation and process Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 60 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6
2 Presentation research Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 15 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6
3 Practical Evaluation workshop presentation Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 15 % OnGoing 1,2,4,6
4 Written Report reflective log Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % OnGoing 1,2,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Practical Black Box exploration, workshop 3 Weekly 3.00
Practical Black Box research/workshop/presentation 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 6.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Berkoff, Steven: The Theatre of Steven Berkoff. London: Methuen Drama, 1992.

Berkoff,  Steven, Graft: Tales of an Actor, (UK :Oberon Books, 1999)

Boal, Augusto. Games for Actors and Non-Actors. London: Routledge, 1992.

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

Brook, Peter. The shifting point. London: Methuen Drama, 1988.

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

Chothia, J. Directors in Perspective: André Antoine. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.

Cross, Robert, Steven Berkoff and the Theatre of Self-performance, (Manchester University Press, 2004)

Grotowski, Jerzy. Towards a Poor Theatre. London: Methuen, 1991.

Hethmon, Robert H. ed. Strasberg at the Actors Studio. New York: Theater Communications Group, 1991.

Kumiega, Jennifer, The Theatre of Grotowski, (London: Metheun, 1985)

Leach, R. and Borovsky, V. eds. A History of Russian Theatre. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

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

Mitter, Shomit. Systems of Rehearsal - Stanislavsky, Brecht, Grotwski and Brook. London: Routledge, 1992.

Nemirovich-Danchenko, V. I. My Life in the Russian Theatre. Trans. John Cournos. NY: Theatre Arts Books, 1987.

Richards, Thomas. At Work with Grotowsi on Physical Actions. London: Routledge, 1995.

Rudlin, John. Jacques Copeau. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986.

Rudlin, John and Paul, Norman H. eds and trans. Jacques Copeau: Texts on Theatre. London: Routledge, 1990.

Strasberg, Lee. A Dream of Passion. London: Penguin, 1987.

Styan, J. L. Max Reinhardt. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982.



Other Resources

Black Box

Break away space for rehearsals