Maricopa Community Colleges  THP214   20024-20035 
Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 12/11/01
THP214 20024-20035 LEC 3 Credit(s) 3 Period(s)
Directing Techniques
Contemporary theory and practice in directing, the evolution of present-day directing procedures, and a sampling of scripts for directing practice. Principles of script analysis, blocking, casting, rehearsing, and performing. Prerequisites: None.
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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:
THP214   20024-20035 Directing Techniques
1. Compose written analyses of two scripts, including a description of the dramatic action, characters, and dialogue as well as a listing of given circumstances within a script and a description of the historical background of the script. (I)
2. Produce a ground plan for a selected script. (II)
3. Create and demonstrate a composition and blocking of a selected scene. (II)
4. Compose a written description of the staging, set dressing, scenery, properties, costumes, makeup, lighting, and sound effects for a selected script. (III)
5. Compose written descriptions of characters from a selected play and plans for auditioning actors for a selected script. (IV)
6. Produce a rehearsal schedule for a scene from a selected script. (IV)
7. Compile all of the written descriptions, plans, and schedules above into a director's workbook. (I, II, III, IV)
8. Demonstrate a variety of rehearsal techniques. (IV)
9. Direct and present a scene demonstrating application of directing techniques. (I, II, III, IV)
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MCCCD Official Course Outline:
THP214   20024-20035 Directing Techniques
    I. Analysis of the Script
        A. Dramatic action, characters, and dialogue
        B. Given circumstances in the script
        C. Historical background
        D. Contemporary directing practices
      II. Director-Actor Relationship
          A. Communication patterns
          B. Ground plan
          C. Composition and blocking
          D. Actors
            1. Gestures
            2. Improvisation with properties
            3. Picturization
          E. Stage movement
          F. Vocalization
          G. Contemporary directing practices
        III. Director-Designer Relationships
            A. Symbolization and synthesis
            B. Director's options
              1. Choice of stage
              2. Scenery
              3. Set dressing
              4. Properties
              5. Lighting
              6. Costumes
              7. Makeup
              8. Sound effects
            C. Contemporary directing practices
          IV. Director-Rehearsal of Production Techniques
              A. Casting and auditions
              B. Progressing through rehearsals
              C. Production
              D. Analysis of feedback from audience
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