Directing Theater 101: 10 Steps to Successful Productions

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This guide provides regional theater companies and new directors with the knowledge and tools needed to produce successful shows. Drawing on years of experience directing and producing plays, Wilma Marcus Chandler covers such topics as how to read and analyze a script to really understand it. She guides new directors with how to visualize a show and explains how to get started, researching and thinking about concept, music, lights, sound, and costumes. Tips are provided for how to hold auditions as well as information on how to talk to the cast and crew - and how to listen. New directors will learn how to stage a play, using blocking, body movement, stage business, exits and entrances. She shares skills for preparing a production, including rehearsal techniques, time lines, budgets, royalties, and publicity. Also included is a valuable discussion on how to prepare for a career in directing.

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- Written for the inexperienced or young director
- Focus is on developing confidence in a new director's aesthetic judgments and choices
- Emphasis is on how to develop a concept for production based on understanding the text
- Practical step-by-step methods for completing a production with integrity and polish
- Discussion of other styles of theater providing the new director an opportunity to examine other ways of producing a play based on his/her own perceptions and interpretations of the world
- Information for continuing to train - suggestions for what to read and how to think as a director.
This guide provides regional theater companies and new directors with the knowledge and tools needed to produce successful shows. Drawing on years of experience directing and producing plays, Wilma Marcus Chandler covers such topics as how to read and analyze a script to really understand it. She guides new directors with how to visualize a show and explains how to get started, researching and thinking about concept, music, lights, sound, and costumes. Tips are provided for how to hold auditions as well as information on how to talk to the cast and crew - and how to listen. New directors will learn how to stage a play, using blocking, body movement, stage business, exits and entrances. She shares skills for preparing a production, including rehearsal techniques, time lines, budgets, royalties, and publicity. Also included is a valuable discussion on how to prepare for a career in directing.

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WILMA MARCUS CHANDLER is a director, choreographer, and acting teacher. She chaired the Theatre Arts department at Cabrillo College, in Santa Cruz, California, for many years and has directed productions for many Bay Area theater companies. She was co-founder of the National Festival of Women's Theatre and the Santa Cruz Actors' Theatre "eight tens@eight festival" of ten-minute plays. She is the editor of four other popular books published by Smith and Kraus.

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"An indispensable handbook for any director, young or old." --PHILIP SLATER, playwright and author of "THE PURSUIT OF LONELINESS"

"Thomas Carlyle said "Man is a tool-using animal...without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all". Wilma Marcus Chandler's Directing 101 is a tool you will want to keep close by." --IAN McRAE, former assistant to Sanford Meisner and senior acting faculty The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre (1990-1997)

Verdict: This slender work is an easy-to-read, affordable addition to the plethora of how-to books on directing currently available. Background: With this introductory material for the new director, theater arts instructor and director Chandler intends to start the reader "on the path toward understanding the work of the theater director and those who work alongside the director." The chapters on play analysis, fundamentals of directing, production preparation, auditions, rehearsals, problem solving, production people, performance, and continuing training provide a sound overview of the profession for the novice. Of special note is the inclusion of the complete text of Lady Gregory s one-act play, The Rising of the Moon. Chandler introduces it in the chapter on play analysis and effectively uses this play as the context for discussing further directorial decisions, such as set, lighting, sound effects, and costuming, throughout the following chapters. --Library Journal Xpress Reviews

"An indispensable handbook for any director, young or old." --PHILIP SLATER, playwright and author of "THE PURSUIT OF LONELINESS"

"Thomas Carlyle said "Man is a tool-using animal...without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all". Wilma Marcus Chandler's Directing 101 is a tool you will want to keep close by." --IAN McRAE, former assistant to Sanford Meisner and senior acting faculty The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre (1990-1997)

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