Collaborative Stage Directing: A Guide to Creating and Managing a Positive Theatre Environment focuses on the director’s collaboration with actors and the creative team, and the importance of communication and leadership skills to create and manage a healthy working environment. Speaking directly to the student, this compact resource walks the aspiring director through basic principles of group dynamics, active listening, open-ended questioning, brainstorming, and motivational leadership, supported by examples and case studies offered by current professional and academic directors. With a focus on preparing the student director for resume-building opportunities beyond the studio lab, Collaborative Stage Directing challenges readers with reflective activities, a series of guiding questions to apply to three short plays, and an extensive checklist to assist them with independent directing projects. As an easy-to-use resource, Collaborative Stage Directing works as a supplement to a classic directing text or as a stand-alone guide.
Table of Contents
Part 1: The Collaborative Theatre Environment 1. The Director’s Challenge 2. Creating a Positive Environment for Theatre Collaboration 3. Managing the Collaborative Theatre Environment 4. Synthesizing the Principles: A Case Study Part 2: An Application of the Guiding Questions: Three Short Plays 5. Goggles 6. Application of Guiding Questions to Preparation Phase: Goggles 7. Deleted 8. Application of Guiding Questions to Pre-Production Phase: Deleted 9. Social Media Intermezzo 1.0 10. Application of Guiding Questions to Rehearsal Phase: Social Media Intermezzo 1.0 Part 3: The Independent Project 11. The Guiding Questions Checklist 12. Concluding Thoughts
Jean Burgess, PhD is a theatre educator, director, and playwright who taught college-level theatre for over twenty years and has been directing for over forty years. She received an MA in Theatre from Northwestern University and a PhD in Educational Theatre from New York University.