Synopses of Courses - Teaching Certificate in Directing and Teaching Drama
First Year Courses
Playwright - Text - Director
The Fundamentals of Acting
Methods of Teaching Theater
Acting and Creativity
The object of the course is to awaken the imagination and emphasize the difference between theater based on literary texts and theater based on improvisations. Much work will be done on learning the basic components of acting: voice, movement and the use of the “stage space” as the meeting place where all the aesthetics of theater are enacted.
The History of Theater - Ancient Greece and Rome
The subjects to be discussed include the place of drama in Greek society, dramatic competitions in ancient Athens, the theatrical space, dramatic conventions, theatrical conventions, the central dramatic forms of the western world (tragedy and comedy), and the components of theater production (costumes and masks, the use of stage props, acting styles, music).
The History of Theater in East Asia
Critical Reading in Classical Drama
The purpose of the course: to acquire the theoretical and practical tools for teaching and directing classical texts, studying the subjects: play analysis models – the characteristics of tragedy as described by Aristotle in his “Poetics”, the tragic hero, describing the stage setting by way of the text and critical approaches to Greek tragedy.
Second Year Courses
Other topics treated are methods for working with actors on texts, ways to sharpen the listening faculties of an acting partner, and developing awareness of space and time.
Some of the subjects discussed are: A. The Play – reading the play through the eyes of the set designer - analysis, “breakdown”, a preliminary sketch. B. The Space - studying the stage. C. Artistic Inspiration – creating a collection of documentary material of artistic value from various eras. D. Costume and image design. E. Combining theater-going with the analysis of the costumes in the play as part of its context.
There will be exercises in applying research material into a complete theatrical performance, practice in writing in the theatrical mode, coaching actors / students, stage work (design, set design and decorations), and choosing and editing musical scores.
The Fundamentals of Theater: Reading and Seeing Plays
Teaching Methods in Theater
Selected scenes from dramas by Chekhov and Shakespeare. Working with texts. How to utilize the first reading when coaching students. Focusing on your partner “here and now” and activating your partner through the text. Learning the play’s history deepens your understanding of the play. Selecting a key phrase of a text and experimenting with several ways of acting it out. Focus on grasping the dramatic essence of a scene. Move to a more dramatic point in the text that lifts the scene to its dramatic height. Presenting the scene according to the interpretations of the students.
Third Year Courses
The Director’s Work with Actors
Music for Theater
The goal of the course is to clarify the considerations and the possibilities when using sound and music. How should the director interact with the music director? What are the possibilities inherent in music, sound effects, and the text – music interaction? The student analyzes texts from the music – sound point of view and considers musical possibilities in drama productions.
Observation and Practice Teaching
The Director - Stage Designer Dialogue
Afterwards, in the second semester, the work will be on directing exercises.
The goal of the course: experimenting in real time on the working relationship between director and stage designer working together on a production.