Being a Director A Life in Theatre
Di Trevis is a world-renowned director, whose work with Britain’s National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, and directing productions worldwide, has deeply informed her knowledge of the director’s craft.
In Being a Director, she draws on a wealth of first-hand experience to present an immersive, engaging and vital insight into the role of a director.
The book elegantly blends the personal and the pedagogical, illustrating how the parameters of Time, Space and Motion are essential when creating a successful production.
Throughout, the author explores and recycles her own formative life experiences in order to demonstrate that who you are is as integral to being a director as what you do.
Introduction Part 1: Directing: The Parameters 1. Space 2.Motion 3.Time Part 2: Directing: The Specifics 4. Deciding to direct 5. Choosing the play 6. Reading a play 7. The meaning of a play 8. Choosing actors 9. Rehearsing the actors 10. Sounding the text 11. Shakespeare 12. Designing and Lighting a space 13. Finding music 14. Showing the play Part 3: Directing: The Kwoth 15. My journey, personal and professional
'Hard to remember how few women directors there were when I was cast in Di’s first play. She was revolutionary, an actor directing, one of the company, conscious of a wide European repertoire and irreverent imaginative theatrical magic. Inspired by the subtle dance of words, she was just so excited to create a playful rehearsal room, her laugh infectious. Rehearsing in 1984, she had me standing outside McDonald’s on a box haranguing hamburger eaters. I haven’t stepped inside a McDonald’s since. That’s how good Di is.' – Mark Rylance