DRMA 270 Directing • 3 Cr.


Theory and practice of stage direction including selection of play, casting and staging. Production of a scene for public performance is required. Recommended: ENGL& 101 placement.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Using the language of theatre, thematic content and cultural context choose a play to direct.
  • Find the theme of the play, the guiding image, its spine and rhythm.
  • Articulate a clear and effective relationship between genre, style and theatrical conventions.
  • Examine the milieu and characters of the play using visual and text based research.
  • Evaluate a variety of design elements and identify ways to make decisions for the chosen play.
  • Describe the differences in staging actors in a variety of theatre spaces.
  • Apply principles of scheduling to create a production schedule.
  • Engage actors in exercises that will connect them to each other and to their characters.
  • Present a directed scene from the chosen play with actors.