Defense Date

1984

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

Theatre

First Advisor

James W. Parker

Abstract

Human beings make decisions every minute of the day. These decisions are based upon need, desire, impulse, mood, and knowledge. As we grow older, we learn skills in decision-making primarily through trial-and-error. The theatre artist, likewise, is constantly searching for new skills and techniques to aid this process. In life and in art, however, decision-making is not totally grounded in intellect but includes inst1inctive and emotional sensations. It is through finely blending intuitive responses with intellectual skills that a work of theatre art can be produced. In order to accomplish this blending however, the director needs first to identify his reactions to the dramatic work. For example, what attracts the director to this play? What sights, sounds and sensations does the play create? How does this play relate to the director's life experiences? And what are the essential elements that enrich the play and will bring it to life in a theatrical environment? Determining the answers to these questions was my initial directorial challenge, and would guide my dramatic analysis, rehearsal methodologies, and production decisions. My directorial task was to determine the analytical, technical, and rehearsal methodologies which would protect the play's inherent spontaneity and sensuality while remaining true to the details of staging realism. This thesis outlines my decision-making processes: the formation of my directorial concept, the techniques and theories I used in rehearsal and production, and an evaluation of the actual production in performance.

Rights

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Is Part Of

VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

June 2008

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