Preface and Credits for Photographs.
1. Why the Director?
2. What Is a Play? Analysis and Improvisation.
I. PLAY-ANALYSIS: TAKING A PLAY APART.
3. The Foundation and Facade of the Playscript: Given Circumstances and
4. The Core of the Playscript: Dramatic Action and Characters.
5. Idea and Rhythm-Mood Beats.
6. The Director's Preparation.
II. COMMUNICATION 1: THE DIRECTOR-ACTOR RELATIONSHIP AND STAGE BLOCKING
7. Directing Is Working with Actors 1.
8. Learning to See: The Games of Visual Perception.
9. Helping Actors Communicate through Groundplans.
10. Composition: Helping Actors Discover and Project Basic Relationships.
11. Helping Each Actor Intensify: Gesture and Improvisation with Properties.
12. Picturization: Helping a Group Intensify.
13. The Dynamic Tool of Movement.
14. Coordinating the Blocking Tools in Director-Actor Communication.
15. Helping Actors “Speak” a Play
16. Directing is Working with Actors 2.
Major Project 1A: Scene Practice.
Major Project 1B: Diagnostic Criticism.
COMMUNICATION THROUGH STAGING OPTIONS .
17. The Director's Responsibility for Working Effectively with Design.
18. The Director and the Stage Machine: Symbolization and Synthesis.
19. Director's Options: Choice of the Stage.
20. Director's Options: Scenery, Properties, and Lighting.
21. Director's Options: Costume, Makeup, and Sound.
HELPING AUDIENCES RECEIVE A PLAY
22. Responsibility to Audiences.
Major Project 2: Designing and Directing Your Own One-Act Play Production.
III. INTERPRETATION: A MATTER OF STYLE.
23. Style Is Individual Expression.
24. Style in Playwriting and Playwrights.
25. The Director's Analysis of Style in a Playscript.
26. Style in Production: Making Decisions.
27. Style in Production: Modern Plays.
28. Style in Production: New Plays.
29. Style in Production: Plays of Past Ages.
IV. COMMUNICATION 2: THE DIRECTOR-DESIGNER RELATIONSHIP
30. Preparing To Be a Collaborator in the Design Process
31. Directing Is Working with Designers
Major Project 3: Directing a Full-Length, Fully-Produced Play with Designers
Appendix 1. Directing Musical Theatre and Opera.
Appendix 2. The Director and the Dramaturg.
Appendix 3. Your Future as a Director.