Theatre and Drama | Studies in Directing I
T542 | 4659 | Solomon
T542 will examine the history and theory of directing by focusing on
some of the most influential stage directors since the late-
nineteenth century. We will analyze how each director radically
transformed inherited staging practices, how these innovations shaped
other areas of theatre and drama, and how their influence persists in
Among others, we will consider Stanislavsky’s naturalistic stagings
of Chekov, Meyerhold’s theatricalist reworking of Gogol, Brecht’s
Epic Theatre productions, Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty stagings, and
Elia Kazan’s theatrical-realist productions on Broadway. From among
more recent directors, we will study Peter Brooks' workshop-generated
reworking of the classics, Grotowski’s Poor Theatre production, Peter
Sellars’ postmodern Shakespeare and Mozart, director-designer-
choreographer Robert Wilson’s monumental productions, and Martha
Clarke’s spectacular dance-theatre performances.
We will also employ some of these directors’ ideas to develop
conjectural production of Edward Albee’s WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA
Requirements: two or three oral reports. One 10-page paper (whose
subject may overlap with that of your report). No exams.
Texts: Jones, David Richard. GREAT DIRECTORS AT WORK:
STANISLAVSKY, BRECHT, KAZAN, BROOK. Berkeley: University of
California Press, 1986.
Cole, Toby and Helen Krich Chinoy, eds. DIRECTORS ON
DIRECTING. 2ND rev. ed. Indianpolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1963.
Marowitz, Charles. DIRECTING THE ACTION. New York: