This title aims to demystify the art of directing for the stage. Offering detailed advice on every aspect of the process, it explores the ways in which a carefully orchestrated performance can be made to appear fresh and spontaneous. Topics covered include roles and responsibilities of the director; choosing the play and finding a producer; and planning the project. Preparing the text and anticipating audience reaction; developing the play and assessing progress in rehearsals is also covered. The influence of the director on audience opinion and response; the influence of the director on the actors and the technical team; surviving the first night; and preparing for long runs and tours is also explored.
Chris Baldwin is a theatre director and playwright. He has a wealth of teaching experience, having taught directing and dramaturgy at colleges in Germany, Spain and the UK. He continues to teach various courses for theatre institutes and drama organisations in Poland, Spain, France, Germany and Sweden.