Module Identifier DR22910  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Mr Richard Cheshire  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite Successful completion of Part 1 Drama, DR10220 , DR10320  
Course delivery Workshop   10 Hours 10 x 2 hours  
Assessment Practical exercise   The presentation (Gregynog 3 - 6 May 2002) of an extract from a play-text between 6 - 8 minutes duration, not involving more than 4 actors, in the presence of 2 examiners   60%  
  Essay   2000 word essay   40%  


- To introduce students to twentieth century developments in directing practice for the European stage.
- To introduce students to the basic principles and methodologies of directing theatrical texts.
- To provide opportunities for students to practice such principles and methodologies, under supervision, in the context of a rehearsal environment.

Learning Outcomes:

Typically, upon completion of this module, the student will be able:

- To demonstrate an intelligent awareness of the role of the stage director in contemporary theatre practice.
- To use appropriate methodologies in the analysis of a theatre text from a stage director’s point of view.
- To direct rehearsals and offer appropriate assistance to actors in the creation of a short theatre extract, presented before peers.


- A historical survey tracing the development of the role of the director since 1850, focusing on the work of Saxe-Meiningen, Antoine, Stanislavski, Meyerhold, Michael Chekhov, Brecht, Peter Stein, Peter Brook. Jonathan Miller, and Katie Mitchell.
- Practical exploration of directing methodologies and techniques, including composing the stage picture, developing the through-line of action, intentions and actions, characterization through both psychological and physical exploration.
- An opportunity to work independently on the selection, rehearsal and presentation of a short play extract, involving up to three actors, of between six and eight minutes duration, at Gregynog.

Students will be expected to contribute approximately £40 towards the cost of accommodation and food at Gregynog.

Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
Delgado & Heritage (eds.),. (1996) In Contact with the Gods. Manchester University Press
Taylor, Don,. (1996) Directing Plays. D & C Black
Bartow, A.. (1988) The Director's Voice. Theatre Communications Group
Braun, Edward,. (1982) The Director and the Stage. Methuen
Brook, Peter. (1972) The Empty Space. Penguin
Hodge, Alison. (1999) Twentieth Century Actor Training. Routledge
Hodge, Francis. (1982) Play Directing, Analysis, Communication, and Style. Eaglewood Cliffs, N.J.
Mitter, Shomit. (1992) Systems of Rehearsal.
** Recommended Text
Brady, David and Williams, David. (1988) Director's Theatre. Macmillan
Cole, Toby and Chinoy, Helen Kirch. (1976) Directors on Directing. Indianapolis
Gorchakov, Michael A. (1954) Stanislavsky Directs.
Giannachi, Gabriella (ed.). (1999) On Directing. Faber and Faber
Mackintosh, Ian. (1993) Architecture, Actor and Audience. Routledge
Miller, J. (1986) Subsequent Performances.
Roose-Evans, James. (1984) Experimental Theatre from Stanislavsky to Peter Brook. Routledge