Directing II (DRA4376.01)

Kirk Jackson

We will address the process of discerning a text’s dramatic potential and realizing that potential in performance by developing and implementing a directorial approach through analysis and rehearsal techniques. The term is divided between exercises and rehearsal of individual projects. The work of the course will culminate in a director’s approach essay, a rehearsal log, and a public performance of student-directed scenes. Students are encouraged to explore cultural, ethnic, race, and gender diversity in choosing their final projects, which are subject to instructor’s approval.

Tools: Students will need to be able to view submitted auditions and be willing to organize rehearsals. I am not a resource for the technical needs. In fact, I look to learn from YOU what possible solutions there are.


Learning Outcomes:
Understand principles of collaboration.
Ability to analyze and interpret a text (written, aural, physical).
Develop a sense of visual and kinetic vocabulary.
Ability to work independently to propose, plan, and realize a project.
Learn to recognize as well as create a sense of structure.
Develop ability to create and foster process.
Work to allow for others' experience of process to affect the work.
Ask questions about the purpose the work serves.
Develop a sense of what values are expressed or subverted by the work.


Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Directing I (DRA:4332), plus at least two courses from a combination of the following: a) design, b) stage management, or c) play analysis / playwriting. Please email instructor (kjackson2@bennington.edu) about your interest prior to May 6, 2022
Corequisites: Must attend auditions that traditionally occur on THU & FRI evening of the first week of the term.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
F 2:10PM - 5:50PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: Once a year

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