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Overview A workshop guide of creative exercises and projects by Terry John Converse. The forty-two exercises detailed in this comprehensive guide provide both the instructor and the student a "user-friendly" workshop structure. It may be used for both beginning and advanced courses of Directing for Theatre. The basic concepts of directing are learned progressively. The approach is totally experimental - the student discovers the demands and problems of directing by actually doing it step-by-step. The student's own directing style emerges with each exercise. Creativity and confidence building are the central benefits of this excellent workshop text. It is the only text that combines theory with active student participation
Publishers Description The forty-two exercises detailed in this comprehensive guide provide both the instructor and the student a "user-friendly" workshop structure. It may be used for both beginning and advanced courses of Directing for Theatre. The basic concepts of directing are learned progressively. The approach is totally experiential--the student discovers the demands and problems of directing by actually doing it step-by-step. The student's own directing style emerges with each exercise. Creativity and confidence building are the central benefits of this excellent workshop text. It is the only text that combines theory with active student participation. Seven chapters: Creating the Directing Workshop, The Silent Seven, Justifying Movement, Ground Plan Exercises, Open Scene Exercises, Closed Scene Exercises, Supporting Parts.
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Studio: Meriwether Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.93" Width: 5.99" Height: 0.8" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2000
Publisher Meriwether Publishing
ISBN 1566080142 ISBN13 9781566080149
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More About Terry John Converse
Terry John Converse is a professor of theatre at Washington State University where he teaches all levels of Directing and Script Analysis.
Terry John Converse currently resides in Pullman, in the state of Washington. Terry John Converse was born in 1945.
Reviews - What do customers think about Directing for the Stage: A Workshop Guide of 42 Creative Training Exercises and Projects?
Best Directing book out there! Sep 18, 2007
This book provides a step by step guide to becoming a great stage director. You can learn so much from this book, then after you think you know it all, you go back and find deeper meanings, or different ways to do each excercise that only adds to your directing abilities! Very easy to use and helpful to both beggining directors and advanced alike!!!
Excellent book for Directing and Acting Jul 28, 2004
The book should appeal to teachers of both directing and acting in its systematic, comprehensive approach. I had the good fortune to work with Terry Converse in WSU's Theatre Program for several years, and we pioneered a combined directing and acting course where directing students and acting students worked and learned together. Now that I am teaching at another university I had the opportunity to teach a combined Directing and Acting course, using his book. At first, I thought the directing students might benefit the most, but I discovered the exercises he developed benefitted the actors as well. The actors developed their craft through many of the silent scenes and justifying movement exercises that led them to examine the fine points of their characterizations. The directing students learned how to work with actors and develop a comprehensive approach to directing a scene, and our work culminated in an inspiring Ten-Minute Play Festival at the end of the semester. This book is well written with numerous examples, practical exercises, and assessment guidelines at the end of each chapter--a good, hands-on approach.
works best as a textbook Feb 4, 2003
Mr. Converse has written with this helpful introductory course, a fine textbook for introducing one to the craft of directing. When viewed in that context, this book serves its purpose well. Having used this text in conjunction with William Ball's superb book "A Sense Of Direction", in the directing class I teach, I have found Converse's excercises to be helpful and precise (if rather dry) in building craft. Especially helpful is Converse's chapters on blocking and creating pictures. His suggestions and activities designed to teach one how to communicate and direct traffic are most helpful. If one is looking for a great read, this is not the book to use. For that I again suggest Ball or Clurman's fine "On Directing". But for some "hands on" activities in the dramatic classroom or for the director just starting out on their own, this will work just fine- as long as you have someone else to bounce your ideas off of.
A user-friendly directing book Feb 4, 2003
In 10 years of teaching high school drama, this is the first book where the theory of directing is embodied in a series of lessons which can be taught sequentially or mixed and matched. I have used the open scripts in acting class with junior students and amended the lessons to my own ends in picturization, focus, tempo, pathway, subtext and a myriad of other directing skills which need to be built upon.
Exposes you to a series of exercises that help Feb 22, 2000
This book is simple, concrete, and to the point. It will help you develop various directing techniques, and it will leave the rest up to you. Its purpose is not to try and train you into some special type of director, but to give you the basic technical skills that will allow you to find your own artistic style. It is most certainly a great book to start with, and its exercises would likely help more advanced directing students hone their skills.