Directing for Community Theatre  book cover
1st Edition

Directing for Community Theatre

  • Available for pre-order on May 4, 2023. Item will ship after May 25, 2023
ISBN 9781032418834
May 25, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
216 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

FREE Standard Shipping
SAVE $7.99
was $39.95
USD $31.96

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

Directing for Community Theatre is a primer for the amateur director working in community theatre. With an emphasis on preparedness, this book gives the amateur director the tools and techniques needed to effectively work on a community theatre production. Covering play analysis, blocking, staging, communication, and working with actors, designers, and other theatre personnel, this how-to book is designed to have the community theatre director up and running quickly, with full knowledge of how to direct a show. The book also contains sample forms and guidelines, including acting analysis, character analysis, rehearsal schedule, audition form, prop list, and blocking pans. Directing for Community Theatre is written for the community theatre participant who is interested, or already cast, in the role of the director.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Obsession

3. Blocking notes

4. Stages of Rehearsal

5. A Directing Primer

6. Play Analysis

7. Production Organization

8. Directors and Design

9. The Visual Tools

10. Acting Exercises

11. Playwrighting

12. Memorization

13. Ethics and Behavior

14. Diversity

15. The Stage Manager

View More



Daniel L. Patterson is a Professor Emeritus of Keene State College in New Hampshire, where he taught for forty years, and directed over forty productions. He received two Kennedy Center medallions for his work with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. He is an MFA graduate of the University of Texas at Austin (1975) and was one of the co-founders of the THEATREWORKS company in Colorado Springs in 1975. He has acted in 18 of Shakespeare’s plays in various companies around the country. Professor Patterson also worked with the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) where he served as a director and an actor in their new play development program.