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THR 543 History of Directing 1

Course Description: This course will examine, through readings, reports, screenings, and discussion, the central issues that underlie the development of the principal innovative theater directors in the modern period, beginning in the late 19th century and extending to the present day in both Europe and the United States. The first semester will provide an overview of the directorial landscape with key essays, interviews, and other writings by Meiningen, Antoine, Stanislavski, Vaghtangov, Meyerhold, Copeau, Artaud, and Brecht. The course will also explore the extension of the Stanislavski tradition to America by way of the Group Theater and the foundation years of the Actors Studio.


3 credits