module specification

SM6056 - Directing 2 (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Directing 2
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design (The Cass)
Total study hours 150
105 hours Guided independent study
45 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Oral Examination 20%   Presentation (15 mns)
Oral Examination 50%   Presentation of Directed Extract (15mns)
Coursework 30%   Essay (1,500 words)
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Tuesday Morning

Module summary

Directing 2 is a 15 credit module that develops the skills and concepts learnt in Directing 1 - a pre-requisite for this module.  It allows students the opportunity to explore their own directorial vision and apply skills learnt in practice.   In this case directing refers to text based work. The practical work is placed within the context of critical theory, as previously explored in Identity and Performance and Society and Performance.

Prior learning requirements

SM5056 Directing 1

Module aims

• To develop and apply directorial skills and to acquire new ones specifically related to production and organisation.
• To give students the opportunity to apply skills and knowledges to a fully produced extract from a play text.
• To allow students the opportunity to imagine a vision for a production of a play.
• To encourage students to pursue individual research into theatre practitioners and cultural theory in the context of their own directed extract.
• To examine critically the process of directing and to encourage self-evaluation.
• To test leadership, facilitation, imaginative and creative skills and inspire self-motivation and responsibility in the students.


The work undertaken on this module will be orientated around several selected play texts from which the students may choose extracts to direct.   Initially workshops will explore theory based research and practical work based on the methodologies of selected directors/practitioners in relation to each of these texts.  Students will then examine and critical evaluate the role of the director as ‘author’ in dealing with text based work and place their own ideas in this context.  They will focus on their relationship with the performer, designer, lighting designer, sound designer, technicians, stage management etc. Lastly, with guidance, students will take full responsibility for directing and producing a short extract from one of the set play texts to full production.  They will draw on cultural and critical theories to support their vision and their rehearsal process.

Learning and teaching

The course will comprise of:
Practical workshops,
Mini lectures,
Student presentations
Field work (theatre visits)
Independent research and rehearsal 

The main body of the module will involve independent student led work during which times students will be supported and mentored through their own individual process. This work will be supported by regular group discussion to share progress and process.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this module students will be able to:
• Communicate information and ideas to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
• Demonstrate, through the ability to direct a short extract, a practical understanding of the role and function of the director, in a cultural and historical context.
• Devise and sustain arguments and solve problems
• Apply theatre workshop skills in rehearsal processes and to a wide and diverse community.
• Evaluate critically and analyse the role and function of the director and, in particular, their own work.
• Critically evaluate arguments and abstract concepts and work through problems to make creative and purposeful change and adaptation.
• Work through an organic process integrating actors, stage technologies, and technicians whilst working to a strict deadline.
• Demonstrate an awareness of personal strengths and weaknesses in dealing with actors and technicians and develop career management tools to deal with anticipated and unexpected challenges.

Assessment strategy

Assessment will be in three parts:
1) An individual presentation of directorial vision which draws on theoretical and practical ideas in a critical and cultural context.
2) The directorial process of directing an extract from a set play text and producing it in performance . 
3) An essay which investigates the student’s directorial process and product in the context of performance, cultural or critical theory.


Please note as set texts for this module will change this bibliography is only indicative.
Alfreds, M. 2009.  Different Every Night: Rehearsal and Performance Techniques for Actors and Directors:   Routledge
Aston and Reinelt. 2000.  Modern British Women Playwrights, Cambridge Press,
Caird, J. 2010.  Theatre Craft: A Director's Practical Companion from A to Z. Faber and Faber
Cousin, G. 1999. Women in Dramatic Place and Time: Contemporary Female Characters on Stage Routledge
Delgado & Rebellato eds. 2010.  Contemporary European Directors Routledge
Donnellan, D. 2005.  The Actor and the Target Nick Hern Books
Langridge, N. 1997.   Rage and Reason   Methuen
Luckhurst, M. & Giannachi, G. 1999. On Directing Faber and Faber
Marowitz and Langella. 1999.  The Other Way: Alternative Approach to Acting and Directing Applause Theatre Book Publishers
Mitter, S. & Shevtsova, M. eds., 2005. Fifty Key Theatre Directors   Routledge   
Shepherd, S. 2012. Direction: Readings in Theatre Practice   Palgrave Macmillan
Swain, R. 2011. Directing - a Handbook for Emerging Theatre Directors  Methuen