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by Muzora

Tips For Directing Theater

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The director can make or break a theater production depending on if he or she knows what they are doing. Here are some tips I’ve found that will help you in directing theater:

The success of the production will greatly be affected by your ability to schedule.
The success of the production will greatly be
affected by your ability to schedule.

  • Be Organized

The organization of the theater production starts with the director. Pick a good stage manager to keep rehearsals organized and on time. This will create an atmosphere of professionalism and respect. Give everyone a rehearsal schedule far in advance. This will save you from the stress of dealing with multiple time conflicts later on in the rehearsal schedule.

  • The Schedule

The success of the production will greatly be affected by your ability to schedule. Get together with your stage manager to schedule out every detail of the production. Make sure to give yourself enough time to really work on developing the relationships in the play. Marrying the scenes with the technical cues will be hard enough. You want to allow yourself enough time to focus on each stage of the production. Manage your time well!

  • Communicate

It’s essential for the director to be a good communicator. You are working with every aspect of the production (actors, lighting designer, sound etc.). It’s important that you are able to communicate with everyone to create the vision you have for the play. You are also a liaison between the technical crew and the performers. There will be times when you need to communicate the needs of each side of the production in order for everyone to work well together.

  • Delegate, Don’t Dictate

A good director will give freedom to the designers and artist in the production. You must give the actors, lighting designer, sound designer, and set designer the room to carry out your vision. Don’t try to dictate everything. Allow the artists to all collaborate towards a common vision. It’s exciting to see the creativity that comes out through working together!