This the overview to the toolkit, which breaks down the process of learning how to direct into specific tools. Each tool comes with exercises, assignments, handouts, and Reflections.
This tool includes three parts: well of knowledge, leadership, and research, as well as activities to explore the tool of self.
The Tool of the Actor often puts the student-director in the role of the actor in order to fully understand how to direct them. The Actor's Purpose, the Audition Process, and Communication & Assisting are key tools in this section.
This section covers an overview of the rehearsal process and walks students through creating a rehearsal schedule/calendar.
The next tool is the Tool of Space. As student-directors work on staging their play in rehearsal, it’s more than moving actors and set pieces on and off. How do you use the space to its greatest theatrical potential?
Student-directors need to know how to communicate with designers. This section covers how directors can communicate efficiently, and how they can approach the design process when these tasks fall to them.
The last tool is evaluation. But it’s not having other people critique what the student-director has done, rather it’s choosing a method of self-evaluation.
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