Women Stage Directors Speak: Exploring the Influence of Gender on Their Work

Women Stage Directors Speak: Exploring the Influence of Gender on Their Work

by Rebecca Daniels
ISBN-10:
0786409657
ISBN-13:
9780786409655
Pub. Date:
07/01/2000
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

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Overview

Women Stage Directors Speak: Exploring the Influence of Gender on Their Work

Though stage directing has traditionally been a male-dominated profession, the number of women directors in the United States has grown significantly in recent years.
In this work, 35 contemporary women stage directors, with regional, national and international theater backgrounds, share their views on the creative process and the influences of gender on their artistic decision making. How does it feel to be defined as a woman director rather than simply a director? Does gender affect their authority? These questions and many others are explored in this study.

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ISBN-13: 9780786409655
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 07/01/2000
Edition description: ALTERNATE
Pages: 255
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS V

PREFACE 1

The Study, Its Significance, and the Methods Used 1

PART ONE —INTRODUCTION 9

1: A Brief History of the Directorial Function, Theories, and Processes 9

Directing Theory 10

Qualities of a Good Director 11

Practical Elements of the Directing Process 12

Communication in Directing 12

A Director Plays Many Roles 13

2: The Women Interviewed and Their Perceptions of Gender Differences 14

A Brief Introduction to the Directors 14

Positions on Gender Differences 18

3: Gender Means Everything and Nothing 29

Resisting Definition as a Woman Director 29

Thinking About Gender When Working 33

Ignoring Gender 36

No Easy Answers 39

PART TWO—LEADERSHIP ISSUES FOR WOMEN DIRECTORS 45

4: Leadership Qualities in a Good Director 45

The Importance of Good Leadership 45

The Power of the Director 48

Reception of Women in Positions of Authority 56

5: Problems with Power 64

Resistance to Women in Authority 64

Issues of Behavior 76

Internal Resistance and Self-Doubt 82

PART THREE—COLLABORATION ISSUES FOR WOMEN DIRECTORS 91

6: Collaborative Qualities in a Good Director 91

The Importance of Successful Collaboration 91

Social Conditioning and Collaboration 94

A Different Approach to Collaboration 101

Possible Negatives in Collaboration 112

7: Women’s Ways of Collaborating 115

Sensitivity to Feelings and Emotions 115

Creating an Environment of Trust and Intimacy 119

Nurturance 124

Use of Instinct and Intuition 127

Finding a Balance 130

PART FOUR—PRACTICAL ELEMENTS OF THE DIRECTING PROCESS 137

8: Issues in Script Selection and Interpretation 137

Factors in the Script Selection Process 137

Themes Related to Women and Gender 139

An Awareness of Women’s Issues 142

Other Influences on Script Selection 148

Overcoming Perceived Limitations 152

9: Working with Actors 157

Casting Issues 157

Character Development Issues 163

10: Technical and Spatial Issues Influenced by Gender 174

Technical Considerations 174

Use of Space 177

11: Economic and Career Considerations 185

Family Demands 185

Career Development 188

CONCLUSION 197

APPENDIX A: SIGNIFICANT INFLUENCE ON THE DIRECTORS' ARTISTIC IDENTITY AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT 205

APPENDIX B: THEATRICAL BIOGRAPHIES OF THE DIRECTORS 216

NOTES 231

BIBLIOGRAPHY 237

INDEX 241

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