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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PECI2705 Theatre Directing

20 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Dr George Rodosthenous

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The module will explore different responses to text in relation to dramaturgy, space, design and collaborative working. It will offer the opportunity to explore a range of directorial approaches and the work of key theatre directors. Also, the module will enable students to experiment with rehearsal techniques in a studio environment and to learn new ways of analysing the work of other directors, manage their own time and negotiate ways of presenting their vision


On completion of this module, students should be able to ...

Demonstrate awareness and understanding of a range of theatre directors and their working methods.
Utilise a range of techniques in directing different genres.
Develop a critical enquiry to the relationship of the director/auteur and his/her relation to the text.
Analyse contemporary theatrical performances by key directors.

Learning outcomes
Understand the working methods of key contemporary 21st century directors (for example Eugenio Barba, Katie Mitchell, Mike Alfreds)
An ability to critically appreciate the role of the director
The ability to analyse a variety of approaches and methods employed

Skills outcomes
This module will enable students to:
Present their directorial vision as a short studio performance;

Gain an insight of rehearsal processes both on a theoretical and practical level;

Have an appreciation and understanding of different ways of leadership styles and collaboration.


Indicative Structure and Content:
1) Auditioning techniques
2) Starting from the Text
3) Presenting the Vision
4) Actioning the Text
5) Working with a designer
6) Directing within the Space
7) Directing Rhythm
8) Directing the Ensemble
9) The Director in Production week
10) Giving Notes
11) Marketing
These will be linked to specific contemporary directors for example Barba, Mitchell, Alfreds.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours33.00
Private study hours134.00
Total Contact hours33.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Reading, watching and listening clips for preparation for seminar: 33 hrs
These might include director’s talks, on-line audiovisual material from the National Theatre and RSC etc

Private study:
- Evaluation of notes per seminar 3 hr x 11: 33 hours
- Essay writing: 50 hours
- Lecture/Demonstration preparation: 51 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Contribution to weekly seminars.
- Achievement in lecture demonstrations.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3000-3500 words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Alternative assessment is set according to individual circumstances and approved by Exams Tutor and Pro-Dean for Student Education

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 13:18:26


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