Joseph L Lavy
Develops intermediate skills and applications in one or more studio arts in order to enhance students' abilities as performers, arts creators, or educators. Recommended: B CUSP 197 or prior experience.
Directing: A studio exploration of the fundamental principles of performance direction; including text analysis, defining the space, creating dynamic through rhythm, and working with actors utilizing a method of Physical Action.
Student learning goals
1. Analyze a literary text for given circumstances, characters, intentions and actions;
2. Prepare the script for rehearsals;
3. Investigate the world of the script with the actors through improvisations and acting propositions;
4. Develop a detailed, character-based performance score according to the internal & external actions and behaviors of a scene;
5. Direct the attention and engagement of the Spectator as an integral collaborator in the creative process;
6. Finalize the performance text through deliberate, controlled organization of all the artistic elements.
General method of instruction
Class time will be spent in lecture and discussion but primarily in active development of performance material, under the guidance of the instructor. In this way, the classroom functions as a laboratory or workshop.
Class assignments and grading
Readings, discussions, written assignments, etudes and projects aimed at stimulating the director’s internal creative processes and communicating outward into the collaboration with the actors and spectator.
This course is a practicum; therefore in-class participation is mandatory. Each day’s work will be considered for grading purposes. You are not expected to achieve a standardized result, however you will be expected to arrive prepared, ready to work and to challenge your limitations.
Your attitude, curiosity, comprehension and collaboration are integral to your success in the class.
The classroom experience is irreplaceable. Unexcused absences will result in a 0 for the day. Final grades will be based on your overall progress in the class based on preparation for and participation in classroom activities and the thoughtfulness and thoroughness of the written assignments, and in-class work.