Directors Notebook Assignment Definition

The Director's Role

A director is responsible for the staging of the play. He or she interprets the play text and identifies his or her directorial intentions regarding how the play will be presented and the impact he or she wishes to have on a particular audience. The director works with actors and a production team to stage the play, transforming ideas into action.

The Director’s Notebook

The director’s notebook is a document developed by the director prior to rehearsals and any meetings with the performers or production team.

It is a record of the director’s personal process of interpreting the play, developing a directorial intention and an idea of what impact he or she wants the play to have on an audience. The director begins to think about how particular moments may be staged using elements of performance and production.

The Director-led Approach of Theatre Practice

The director works with an existing piece of theatre, either a text (written or oral) or a piece of theatre created by a group or company. The director’s task is to prepare this piece for an audience. The director works very closely with the designer(s) to develop a vision for the setting, atmosphere and aesthetics of the piece of theatre. The director works in collaboration with the production team and the performers to bring the piece of theatre to life for an audience.

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experienced as spectators. text into action.

How the process links to your learning:

Theatre in Context

You will carry out research into the cultural context from which the play originates and/or research into

the play text’s theoretical context, focusing on its style,

form, practice or genre.

You will identify the key ideas presented by the playwright (such as intended meanings, motifs, themes or through-line). As the author(s) of the text, the playwright might be one person, more than one person or in some cases a theatre company.

You document both of these processes in your theatre journal. Theatre Processes

You record your interpretation of your chosen play text and your artistic responses to the entire play text as a director, making links to live theatre performances you have experienced as a spectator that have influenced, inspired or informed you.


the live theatre performances must


 be productions of the same play you have chosen for this assessment task.

You record your exploration of your chosen play and your own ideas about how this play may be staged for an audience.

You document both of these processes in your theatre journal. Presenting Theatre

You explain your directorial intention(s) and your intended impact on audience and demonstrate/record how this would inform your staging of


particular moments of the play. These can be moments of atmosphere, emotion or tension or moments that communicate the meaning(s) of the play.

You demonstrat

e you’re

 understanding, through the staging of these two moments, of how performance and production elements function together.

You document both of these processes in your theatre journal.

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