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The Director’s Vision by Louis Catron Frequent scripts and handouts as given by the instructor
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Other Required Materials: Large three-ring binder, small box of Legos. RECCOMENDED TEXTS: Thinking Like a Director by Michael Bloom Backwards and Forwards by David Ball Directors on Directing by Toby Cole and Helen Krich Chinoy In contact with the Gods? Directors talk theater. ed. By Maria Delgado and Paul Heritage DESCRIPTION: From the Catalogue: Theory and practice of directing with emphasis on the realistic genre. Prerequisites: THE 115 and a declared major in Theatre. Recommended prerequisite: one-quarter credit in a Theatre participation course (THE 715, 751, 752, 753, 754); 715 is particularly recommended. FURTHER DESCRIPTION: This course offers a basic introduction to the practical and basic theoretical elements of directing including the craft, art and history of this field. Readings in history, theory and production organization are combined with practical exercises in analysis, blocking, composition, tempo, action, movement, focus, the actor-director relationship and various other elements of the director’s craft. This c ourse will culminate in the direction of a short one-act or cutting. CORNELL COLLEGE EDUCATIONAL PRIORITIES AND OUTCOMES: This course supports all Educational Priorities and Outcomes of Cornell College with emphases on vocation, knowledge, inquiry, reasoning, communication, and intercultural literacy. COURSE OBJECTIVES: This course will allow students the opportunity to: 1. Develop a broad knowledge of the history, language, processes, and theoretical practices of directing a short theatrical production. (Knowledge, Inquiry, Reasoning, Communication, Vocation) 2. Develop a formalized approach to the directing process from the choosing of a script, analysis, development of a directorial concept and finally the praxis of directing of a short one-act play or cutting. (Vocation, Ethical Behavior, Intercultural Literacy, Communication, Inquiry, Knowledge)
Inquiry. Begin to develop a personal approach to casting. Continue personal development as an artist through response. Lab Assignments – 200 total points (50 pts. Effectively articulate. A list of possible directors can be found below. Reasoning. Participation – 100 total points The art and craft of theatre requires many people in full participation. These assignments can range from creation/completion of appropriate documents to the staging of short pieces or both. responses. . Class participation could be accounted for through any or all of the following: The successful participation in class exercises. Lab 3 Composition and Blocking.3. Lab 2 Page to Stage. Citizenship. Class attendance and full participation will be a crucial element in this class. Students who miss test/quizzes because of absence or tardiness will not be permitted to make them up except in the case of extreme extenuating circumstances. (Communication. Ethical Behavior) 5. minute papers/responses. Please see the tardy policy in the syllabus. Inquiry) COURSE REQUIREMENTS: The “Why Bother?” ClauseAll assignments are subject to the “Why Bother” clause. Communication.) There are currently 4 labs scheduled for the block. Reasoning. evaluate and critique various production concepts using professional language. (Vocation. Some elements of “participation” will be in written form. Participation will be determined by the instructor. Lab 1 – Pitch. Details of this presentation will be discussed at a later date. These assignments cannot be made up except in the case of extreme extenuating circumstances. Lab 4 Staging Sound Presentation – 100 pts Each student will be asked to research and present information on an influential director. Communication. This will be an individual project. Knowledge. Well-Being. If there is a portion of an assignment that seems like pointless busywork. When necessary. successful completion of questions on the readings. please ask me to give you an example of how this will support your success in this course and in your journey toward a deeper understanding of this field. Ethical Behavior) 4. Each) There are currently 5 quizzes scheduled for the block. Quizzes – 300 total points (Roughly 60 pts. students will serve as both director of their own Lab as well as actors for their peers. The instructor reserves the right to pop-quiz at any time. reflection exercises and direct application. participation in projects as an actor for another director. Please note the tardy policy. Students who miss presentations because of absence or tardiness will not be permitted to make them up except in the case of extreme extenuating circumstances. These quizzes will be given at the beginning of the class session noted in the schedule. Students who fail to assist in the assigned lab production of a peer may fail their own lab assignment. reflection and self-evaluation projects and exercises. though students can “pitch” an alternate idea for approval by the instructor. rehearsal and production process through readings. while others are verbal and physical participation. Intercultural Literacy. but rather in proof of the application of skills. (Vocation. Knowledge. Students who miss the presentation of Lab Assignments because of absence or tardiness will not be permitted to make them up except in the case of extreme extenuating circumstances. completion of daily assignments and/or an assessment of positive class participation. theory and standards. Students will not be graded for the taste or aesthetic.
Materials can include: Resume. A successful production is one in which the director proves a thorough and prompt communicator. including those on attendance and tardiness.40% Each student will be required to direct a short one-act or cutting ranging from 12 – 15 min. clearly laid out and available to the public at your showcase.77 C+ 69 . E-Portfolio – 10% Each director will be required to generate.org/) These portfolios will be displayed before and after the showcase via student laptops. it will be considered a statement of the student’s understanding of the course policies. and exhibits an ample amount of preparation.80 73 – 70 BC- .Final – 300 pts. Production and Presentation of Corresponding Materials Successful Production . scene breakdowns.60 D 59 .87 B+ 79 . Performance must meet the required format. Directing Prompt Book – 50% Each student will be required to generate. in advance. compile and present a wide variety of directing materials. Total points: 1000 No extra credit is offered in this course. This E-Portfolio will utilize Wordpress. Student directors who fail to attend the entirety of the Technical Rehearsal(s).90 86 . compile and present a variety of materials from their Directing Promptbook in the form of an Electronic Portfolio. unless allowed by notation in the script or in writing from the playwright.84 76 . schedules. Contact lists. alter or add to (as in the addition of a joke) in the text. Cover Letter. and “run” of the production will automatically fail the entire assignment. and all other necessary materials required for the direction of a one-act or short cutting of a play. will automatically fail the entire assignment. skilled manager of materials/people/space and time. A compilation of these materials will be presented on the date of your final. Grading All grades based on this 100 point scale: 100 . (http://wordpress. organizer of information. Student directors interested in altering the text for performance should discuss the project. Format to be discussed at a later date.94 A 89 . Final Prompt Book grade will be based on completeness and successful completion of checkpoints throughout the semester. COURSE POLICIES: Statement of understanding: If the student is present on or after the morning session of the second full day of the course. (You may need to borrow a laptop) Though the final grading of this project will occur with the Director’s Notebook. with the professor. it is expected that this e-portfolio will be displayed.0 F 93 . Student directors who.74 AB C 83 .
a final grade of A would be reduced to B with three absences. you will earn a “B. If you fulfill the requirements of this course. Each subsequent absence after 1 will result in a one-full letter grade reduction of your final grade.” Most careers require you to do adequate work. creative insight. have completed all assignments and have proven significant efforts to be successful in daily readings/assignments. more time to relax. attention to detail. it requires inventive. sophisticated delivery. An excused absence will be granted only for direct participation in a Cornell College sanctioned event (Example: You’re on the track team and traveling to an event). have failed to meet the course requirements. Consider printing/e-mailing time in your scheduling of assignments. quizzes and tests. Extraordinary circumstances will be dealt with on a one-to-one basis as needed and at the instructor’s discretion. or have hurt your grade by plagiarizing or failing to attend class.” An “A” is re served for work which demonstrates genuine excellence and participation which demonstrates genuine interest. students must have been present at every class session. Tardiness: Students arriving 10 min. . D with five absences. Students are expected to consider the weather when managing travel time to the UpTown Theatre Space. you are allowed to miss 1 class session without penalty. E-MAILED assignments and/or assignments uploaded to Moodle must arrive prior to the start of the class session that they are due. C with four absences. thought-provoking ideas and polished. If you believe you have an extraordinary circumstance you must communicate with the instructor no later than one week after the date of absence. Please note that afternoon sessions count as another class session and therefore will count as another absence.) as you will need all readings and scripts in hard copy. so is attendance. group/solo assignments. Doing adequate work means you have more time with your friends. There is nothing wrong with doing adequate work. Participation in the Production Process: Participation in the production process. and most people choose to do adequate work. Extraordinary circumstances will be dealt with on a one-to-one basis as needed and at the instructor’s discretion. Doing fine. Printing of Daily Readings: Students are required to print and bring with them any readings posted on Moodle. Eligibility for the Drop Policy must be discussed in advance with the professor and is left to the professor’s discretion.Grading Policy: A “C” is average. and F with six or more absences. Receiving a grade of a “D” or below means that you have not shown sufficient effort. 15-Day Drop Policy: In order to be eligible for the 15 day drop. thorough understanding. Printing of Assignments: I will be specific if assignments will be allowed to arrive via e-mail or other mediated form. If you demonstrate above -average and active analytical engagement both in class and in your assignments. it demonstrates risk-taking. as a result. you will earn a “C. after the start of class will automatically be counted as absent. whether on the Cornell College campus or otherwise. is a valid lifestyle choice. will not be accepted as a valid excuse for failure to successfully complete course requirements. doing “C” work. It is requested that students do not download readings on Kindle (etc. and a strong engagement in the texts. In the event of illness or other mitigating circumstances. Attendance: Your prompt and consistent participation in this course is essential. For instance.
texting. as well as numerous handouts. and handouts covered during the student’s absence. or engaging in any other form of distraction in the classroom. Please bring a hard copy of all readings and scripts as we will make many notes on the hard copy. Food/Drink in the Theatre: No food or drink is allowed in the studio. checking Facebook or the like. This includes assignments that are e-mailed after the start of class. intoxication. bringing a weapon of any kind. Civility in the Classroom: Students are expected to assist in maintaining a classroom environment that is conducive to learning. as well as gather all materials.Computers in the Classroom: Unless specifically requested. Missed Readings and Handouts : Students will be given reading assignments from the text. students are prohibited from using cellular phones or beepers or the like. In case of a second violation the student will lose their daily points and the instructor could schedule a meeting with the student to discuss the Civility in the Classroom policy. notes. skirts and dangly jewelry will not be permitted and students could be asked to return to their dorms to change cloths (subjecting students to the attendance/tardiness policies noted above). reading newspapers/magazines. In order to assure such an environment. feet will be covered at all times with either shoes or socks. Ask your colleagues for support if you must miss a class. Classes will be filled with physical activities on a daily basis. Students are required to wear clothing which will allow for full flexibility and comfort. and the like will not be allowed for use in the classroom. If you are unable to turn in your materials on time. dresses. Written assignments which are handed in any time after the beginning of class on the “due date” will be penalized at the rate of one letter grade per day. Weapons as Props For Insurance purposes. (water bottles with tops are allowed) making offensive and/or defamatory remarks. heels. Kimmel or the Up Town Theatre Space. Any weapon brought in to the classroom under the auspices of a “prop” mu st immediately be cleared through the instructor and LOUDLY announced to the room. the director must ensure that all food is disposed of and no trash is left behind. Know that it is the STUDENT’s responsibility to gather any and all information/materials missed in class. At this meeting or any subsequent meeting. “Did I miss anything?” at the start of the next class session. the instructor will refer the student to the department chair who will schedule a meeting with the student. the student will be notified that their . Please wear comfortable clothing appropriate for a high level of movement. computers. For minor offenses. Kindles. the instructor will note the behavior and expect it to immediately cease. in the case of a violation of this policy. sleeping. unless otherwise approved by the instructor. In the case of a third violation. Speak with the professor after class or on break. It is the responsibility of the student to read and maintain all materials. In the Up Town Theatre Space. Flip flops. Missed Assignments/Class Work/Presentations: Performances/exams will only be rescheduled in extraordinary circumstances and at the instructor’s discretion. eating or drinking. Dress: Daily Participation is of great importance to the understanding and implementation of techniques. If food/drink is used in a production. the professor asks that you NOT interrupt class to “negotiate” a later turn-in date. any student wishing to bring a prop weapon into the classroom must “clear” the prop through the professor and agree to the storage and/or transportation requirements involved. Do not ask the professor. Exceptions: Water in a bottle and any food/drink used in the performance of a production.
sexual orientation. because of the physical aspect of the class work. At the beginning of each course. speak to the instructor. however. In no aspect of this course shall there be differences in the treatment of persons because of race. and creeds. perfumes and colognes should be avoided due to allergies and such. color. persons of many nations. As I do not “Friend” current students. the student must notify the instructor within the first three days of the term of any accommodations needed for the duration of the course. Also. please speak with the instructor. Communication with the Faculty Professors have varied duties to the college. such as intoxication. Physical Contact Due to the nature of this class. The professor reserves the right to determine what constitutes a “major” offense. Policy on Human Rights This class looks to bring together. departmental meetings and other such items fill the day quickly. national origin. or forced to engage in physical contact. For major offenses. However. Please call me there up to 8PM at night if you need to (and after 7:00 AM if needed). gender identity. creed. Deodorants and fresh breath allow greater freedom for interaction.behavior could result in the immediate removal from the course and immediate referral to the Office of the Dean of Students for disciplinary action. For more information see cornellcollege. Many times I will be at the Up Town Theatre Space. If this is a problem. You may need to come to the building and look onstage or in the shop. committee assignments. and teaching in the classroom is but one part of the job. If all else fails. You will notice that my home number is on this syllabus. or any other classification that deprives the person of consideration as an individual. There are times where the instructor may be hard to find – simply calling my office may not be enough to get me. and that equal opportunity and access to facilities shall be available to all.shtml. Accommodations for Disabilities Cornell College is committed to providing equal opportunities to all students. it is important that each student understand there will be a level of physical contact among the students. Although my schedule is very busy. If you ever feel uncomfortable or have any concerns. races. . I promise to make time to meet with you but you must make a good faith effort to reach me. unsafe. Students requesting services may schedule a meeting with the disabilities services coordinator as early as possible to discuss their needs and develop an individualized accommodation plan. this meeting would take place well before the start of classes. I will make time to meet with you if you make the best effort to contact me. Ideally. Chair of Theatre. Production work. the student will be immediately removed from the class and referred to the Dean of Students and the Chair of the Department. remembering that it may take more time to respond. Students who need accommodations for learning disabilities must provide documentation from a professional qualified to diagnose learning disabilities. Cell phones must be turned off (not just on vibrate). Please arrive to class clean. The student may be immediately dropped from the course. please do not request that I “Friend you” on Facebook. age.edu/disabilities/documentation/index. sex. disability. you should never feel uncomfortable. you may speak with Jim Van Valen. Cell Phones and other Electronic Devises: Cell phones and other electronic devices are not allowed unless used as a prop in a production or for other presentations. Students found texting will be removed from the classroom upon the first offense. If you do not feel comfortable doing this. in common pursuit of its educational goals. it is courteous to practice a certain degree of personal hygiene in order to maintain cleanliness and comfort in the classroom. and between the students and instructor. leave me an email with several times you can meet.
'' If you are found to be dishonest in your work. Stay put until notified by safety officials that it is safe to leave. whether intended or not. 3.Academic Honesty The following is reprinted from The Compass: Cornell College expects all members of the Cornell community to act with academic integrity. Silence cell phones and stay quiet. lock and barricade doors. our student handbook. 2. please exit through the north side of the building (the “front”) and gather as a group in the grass outside of Merner Hall. go to the greenroom hallway. Study and discuss the readings/assignments in groups prior to the class session. under the heading ``Honesty in Academic Work. personal responsibility and personal initiative in approaching questions. if you have any questions about whether or not you may be plagiarizing someone’s work. Consider your level of professionalism. Emergency Procedures for Armstrong Hall 1. When a piece of work is submitted for credit. get low and stay behind cover (desks. If there is no appropriate acknowledgment of sources. this may constitute a violation of the College’s requirement for honesty in academic work and may be treated as a case of academic dishonesty. In the event of a medical emergency. observations. An important aspect of academic integrity is respecting the work of others. close window blinds. Do not wait until the last minute. Final Exam/Projects: The final exam/due date for papers/projects will not be moved. challenges. projects. 4. or claiming another designer/director’s work in part or whole. or for the class in its entirety. Tips for success in this course: Read every word of the required readings. In this class. This can sometimes be a tricky area when using research. talk to me and we’ll discuss the issue. In the event of a tornado or severe weather emergency. etc. . In the event of fire or a building evacuation. and communications with cast. plagiarism refers to copying from another student’s exam or quiz. Plagiarism will not be tolerated in any form. call 911 (9-911 from a campus phone) and then call public safety at x4299. claims. walls. Arrive with questions and be available to learning from everyone. or data of others. Claiming ignorance after the project is turned in is not acceptable. peers and the instructor. The procedures regarding how the College deals with cases of academic dishonesty appear in The Compass. turn off lights. unless generally known. Send someone to wait at the front and rear entrances to the building to guide first responders to the classroom.). In the event of a violent weapons incident. A student is expected to explicitly acknowledge ideas. a student is asserting that the submission is her or his work unless there is a citation of a specific source. the instructor has the right to fail you on that assignment.
Please check Moodle and your Cornell e-mail frequently. tableau Begin a discussion of Page to Stage Project Thursday Staging the Image/Evoking the actor The VIZ The Production Concept/Approach Friday The Production Notebook Catron 10 AM QUIZ (Quiz is over all previous reading) AM- Sourcework for “Lonely Impulse.COURSE CALENDAR: Subject to change. Mtg. A Projects Due 11:10 Attendance of Prod..” 11:30 Attendance of IN THE ROUND PM Begins at 12:30 PM Lab (Pitches) Written Materials due prior to 9 am Via Moodle. Week One: Monday Introduction to the Course The Manifesto Directorial Duties/Vision Leadership Styles “Act Without Words” Tuesday Plot and Character Action Statements Scoring the Script Reading Due Catron 1.Brook Bergantzel and Word Press Wednesday Thought/Theme Catron 6 Sourcework/Central Image “Lonely Impulse of Delight” Staging the Image. **AUDITIONS ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY OF NEXT WEEK** **All Audition Postings must go up by Saturday AM** . Catron 3-5 Choice of Director for Presentation 2:00 pm . 2 Appx.
Music Catron 7. 13 PM session at 12:30.Week Two: Monday Auditions and Casting Reading Due Projects Due Catron.8.Lab Page to Stage Thursday AM QUIZ (All previous readings) 11:30am Casting Meeting No PM Session Friday Presentations All Day Saturday.19 Handout – Examples of Diction PM session at 12:30 Lab Composition/Blocking Thursday . 12 “Trifels” AM QUIZ (Quiz is over all previous reading) Tuesday Actor/Director Relationship Structuring the Rehearsal Rehearsal Techniques Catron 14 – 15 Character Analysis Audition goals. Audition Cuttings **AUDITIONS ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY OF THIS WEEK** Wednesday The Rehearsal Calendar Flex Ch. Tempo. 11. Noon Checkpoint #1 Week Three: Monday Ground plan/Composition Reading Due Projects Due “The Chalky White Substance” BRING LEGOS Tuesday Blocking Techniques Evoking the Actor Catron 17 Production Groundplans Wednesday Diction.
e-portfolio by 5 pm Wednesday Final session Show Evaluations ***Director’s Notebooks will not be accepted unless all (Whether it’s YOURS or not) items are struck from the Uptown Space**** . Group Rehearsal Tech/Dress During Set Rehearsal Time** SUNDAY REHEARSAL: PROPOSED TIME 3:00 – 5:00 Week Four: Reading Due Monday Course Evaluations History of the Director – Both sessions Projects Due 3:30 – 5:30 Showcase Tuesday Flex Day AM Quiz 3:30 – 5:30 Showcase No PM Session FINAL DAY OF CLASS Self Evaluations Director’s Notebook.AM QUIZ PM session is FLEX Friday Final prep for tech. AM All tech elements in the space PM session at 12:30 Lab Staging Sound Saturday. prep the space. noon Notebook Checkpoint #2 **Sunday.
allow them their time and process. 5.6 October 21 and 22 .18th. Please treat it with the same amount of respect as the Black Box Theatre on campus. I urge the creation of a google calendar to equitably reserve the theatre space. The space should be cleaner than you found it. . Consider your language and behavior. surrounded by public businesses. 5. Close the door and turn off all lights and equipment. 2. Squelch the urge to “correct” the director.5:30. focus on your character and the development of your character and not on the Mise en Scene. Use of the UpTown Theatre Space 1. This space is a work space. It has been requested that there be no activity in the gym during this time due to sound. Be honest about your needs as an actor in the development of the character. Behave as you hope they would behave in your rehearsal. 4.We will have our showcase from 3:30 . 4. time and focus. No food or drink allowed in the space. Remember that we are in a public setting. Give your best energy. Clean up.6 October 19. 6. 3. 3. Share the space.Reserved time in the Uptown Theatre Space October 7 . 20 Afternoons from 12 . ASSIGNMENT SUPPORT: Director’s Impact Presentation. 2. Evenings from 6 . October 12. 13 Afternoons from 12 . 6.9. Be an open slate for each director. Think like an actor. List of Possible Topics – Bertolt Brecht Joanne Akalaitis Zelda Fichandler Richard Foreman Peter Sellars Peter Brook Ariane Mnouchkine Anne Bogart Joan Littlewood Andre Antoine Elia Kazan Jerzy Grotowski Harold Clurman Elizabeth LeCompte Mary Zimmerman Augusto Boal Martha Clark Julie Taymore Joseph Chaikin NOTE on serving as an actor for another director: 1.
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