Discipline: Drama
Instructor: Rosenfield
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1540
End: 1655
Field Work: Day 1 | South Africa
Prerequisites: Acting I or Script Analysis or Introduction to Theatre or permission of instructor Download Syllabus

Directing is a subtle and complex process involving both analytical and creative skills. This course will introduce theories and practices of stage direction beginning with the basics of stage geography, composition and movement, and moving on to formal text analysis, rehearsal procedure and scene study. It is a workshop, discussion and performance based course; students are required to act as well as to direct, to participate in colleague’s projects and to constructively engage in criticism and analysis. There is the possibility for hands-on workshops with professional companies in the countries visited. Potential Field lab port: Cape Town, South Africa (directing protest and reconciliation)

Field Work

Country: South Africa
Day: 1

Students will travel to the University of Cape Town’s Drama department to participate in a full day Master Class led by Sara Matchett.  Sara’s expertise is in autobiographical performance making within a ritual frame.  She is the founder and artistic director of Mothertongue, a community-based women’s theatre company in Cape Town.  The Master Class will investigate the genre of autobiographical theatre and students will actively participate in developing pieces. A small group of South African students will also participate in a workshop and attend a meal with SAS students for a vibrant cross-cultural exchange.
Academic Objectives: 1. To learn from a professional director who specializes in autobiographical theatre 2. To view a community biography performance 3. To analyze the directing and the genre of the performance seen.