Directing Theater 101: 10 Steps to Successful Productions

Directing Theater 101: 10 Steps to Successful Productions

by Wilma Marcus Chandler

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781575255835
Publisher: Smith & Kraus, Inc.
Publication date: 12/15/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 791,975
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 10 - 18 Years

About the Author

Wilma Marcus Chandler is a director, choreographer, and acting teacher. She chaired the theater arts department at Cabrillo College, in Santa Cruz, California, for many years and has directed productions for many Bay Area theater companies. She was cofounder 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.

What People are Saying About This

Ian McRae

"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))

Philip Slater

"An indispensable handbook for any director, young or old."--(Philip Slater, playwright and author of "THE PURSUIT OF LONELINESS")

Camryn Manheim

"If you're not lucky enough to be sitting in her classroom, this is the next best thing. For anyone who has ever dreamed of directing, this book is your golden ticket."--(Camryn Manheim, Award-winning actress, writer, producer)

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