In order to direct actors toward performances that embody the director's vision, the director must have an essential understanding of the actor's craft. This class explores vocabulary that the actors and directors can share in order to communicate clearly and collaborate successfully. Through scene study, improvisations, exercises and script analysis, the directors in the class gain insight into how actors actually work and how they use what they learn to inform and develop a practical directorial tool set. Students perform in several scenes as actors and are given a chance to direct one another as well. The course requires a personal commitment by the students and is very rewarding for those seeking to seriously understand and work with actors.
“The more he knows (director) about acting, the more at ease he will be with actors…all in all he must know enough in all areas so that his actors trust him completely.”