Maricopa Community Colleges  THP214   19966-20022 
Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 04/23/96
THP214 19966-20022 LEC 3 Credit(s) 3 Period(s)
Directing: Theatre Techniques
Contemporary theory and practice in directing, the evolution of present-day directing procedures, and a sampling of plays for directing practice. Principles of stage movement, blocking, casting, rehearsing, and performance. Prerequisites: None.
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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:
THP214   19966-20022 Directing: Theatre 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 play. (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 play. (III)
5. Compose written descriptions of characters from a selected play and plans for auditioning actors for a selected play. (IV)
6. Produce a rehearsal schedule for a scene from a selected play. (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 theatre techniques. (I, II, III, IV)
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MCCCD Official Course Outline:
THP214   19966-20022 Directing: Theatre 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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