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1st Edition

The Art and Practice of Directing for Theatre

ISBN 9781138948518
Published September 1, 2016 by Routledge
248 Pages

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Book Description

The formation and communication of vision is one of the primary responsibilities of a director, before ever getting to the nuts and bolts of the process. The Art and Practice of Directing for Theatre helps the young director learn how to discover, harness, and meld the two. Providing both a practical and theoretical foundation for directors, this book explores how to craft an artistic vision for a production, and sparks inspiration in directors to put their learning into practice.

This book includes:

  • Guidance through day-to-day aspects of directing, including a director’s skillset and tools, script analysis, and rehearsal structure.
  • Advice on collaborating with production teams and actors, building communication skills and tools, and integrating digital media into these practices.
  • Discussion questions and practical worksheets covering script analysis, blocking, and planning rehearsals, with downloadable versions on a companion website.

Table of Contents



I. Purpose of a Director

II. Skills Directors Need

III. Director’s "Rules"

IV. Approaching a Script

V. Approaching Rehearsals

VI. Concerning Rehearsals

VII. It’s Open...What Now?

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Paul B. Crook is the Executive Director of the Etherredge Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, on the campus of the University of South Carolina Aiken, where he additionally serves on the theatre faculty. With over 20 years as a director, actor, and educator, Paul has worked in theatres across the country, from New Mexico to Ohio. He spent several years as the Associate Artistic Director of the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival, in Durant, OK, and was the Artistic Director of the B & B Theatre, in Rustion, LA, a small, professional company he started with his wife, Mary Fran. As an arts educator, prior to his arrival at USCA, Paul served as the Directing and Acting Professor at Louisiana Tech  University, Director of Theatre at Andrew College, and was on the faculty of Shelton State Community College. Paul and Mary Fran have four delightful children: George, CeCe, Bryant Ford, and Mary Ellis. 


"The Art and Practice of Directing for Theatre has the potential to become the "go-to" text for our next generation of theatrical directors. It is specific, carefully researched, well-constructed and still a delightful read. I will be incorporating it as my text of choice for my future directing classes, and I would urge anyone who teaches directing to give it a serious read." - Richard St. Peter, Clemson University, Southern Theatre