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Date Created: 03/03/16
Director The leader not dictator Galvanize to bring together the collection of assorted personalities and temperaments into a functioning whole must inspire as well as unify Possible to have theatre without a director but in current practice a director is usually considered indispensable Ancient Leaders Greek theatre the playwright who at first were also actors appear to have made various production decisions Selected supporting action Coordinated the chorus Hellenistic Era artist priest in charge of productions Rome acting usually led by the manager or leading actor Both male and female actors appear to have been in charge in ancient China and Japan Medieval Europe During the cycle plays biblical dramas a number of play masters promptersordinaries appears Coordinated and stages cycle play for specific communities Play masters begin touring Promptbooks often include the play text drawings of sets ground plans stage directions and various production notes 17th amp 18th century Most western professional theatre companies were led by actormanagers Actor managers made financial decisions selected the repertory of plays hired the actors and performed They had little to do with staging Stage movement was minimal When an actor took over a role made popular by another actor he was expected to reproduce the favorite physical moments while adding his own touches the performance 19th century o Antiquarianism historical accuracy three dimensional scenery local color very detailed stage directions and complicated scenic effects demanded first by romantic melodrama and then realism 0 Transition from rolling repertory system rotation of the same shows to consecutive productions Late 19th Early 20th century 0 Artistic power shifted from star actors and managers to people who ere masterful at interpreting plays and convincing actors to take direction in order to coordinate the stage effects and acting ensemble 0 Theatrical event 0 Organizing stage pictures 0 Artistic vision 0 18701880 Duke on SaxeMeiningen and Ludwig Chronegk SaxeMeiningen and Chronegk 0 Access to a lot of money 0 They built a remarkable acting ensemble in which all leading actors were also required to take walkon roles o SaxeMeiningen designed sets and costumes exclusively according to historical accuracy 0 Chronegk worked out staging in meticulous detail 0 A new standard was set The Effects of SaxeMeiningen Troupe 0 Andre Antoine placed furniture along the curtain line and directed his actions to frequently turn their back to the audience thus creating the fourth wall 0 The fourth wall treats the stage space as if it were an enclosed room 0 The effect is that of peering in on an actual event rather than witnessing a theatrical performance 0 Konstantin Stanislavsky focused on the acting ensemble and actor training 0 By the 20th century in the west directions were fully in charge Interpretation 0 Interpretation is creating meaning beyond what is literal or obvious in the text 0 Interpretation cannot be avoided o The director as an interpretive artist attempts to unify the production o Tries to champion the intent or perceived intent of the playwright o The director may use the script more as a pretext in order to present the director39s own vision or ideas that are inspired or supported by the script Developing Concept 0 Interpretation leads to concrete choices in production 0 Concept is made up of the artistic decisions meant to communicate a specific interpretation to the audience 0 Created visually and aurally it made manifest in scenery costume lighting tempo line readings movement and compositionthe very things modern director creates coordinates or approves o The audience can always receive the sensory results of concept 0 A dramaturg is a literary and historical advisor assigned specifically to the production 0 Consultant conducting research on the play author and historical period
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