Theater Director

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    Theatre directors oversee many aspects of staging a play, from casting to costumes to performances.Theatre directors bring their vision of a playwright’s script to life by leading the cast and crew through the production process.

    There are rewarding opportunities available in:

    • children’s theatre
    • community theatre
    • education
    • the events and festival field
    • fringe and alternative theatre
    • prisons.

     

    Duties

    • programming and budgeting
    • working with writers through workshops or script development schemes
    • adapting a script and, if the play is newly written, working with the writer or collaborating with playwrights
    • breaking down a script, analyzing and exploring the content and conducting relevant research
    • translating and interpreting a script or musical score
    • holding auditions for productions, selecting and hiring designers, musicians, etc.
    • managing time and organizing people and space
    • attending production meetings with set designers
    • organizing rehearsals
    • communicating and liaising with all parties involved, including actors, the creative team, the production team and producers
    • attending preview performances and preparing detailed notes for the cast and for the creative and production teams
    • helping to publicize the production by giving interviews and leading discussions.

     

    Qualifications

    If you are considering a career as a theatre director, you will need a bachelor’s degree and extensive experience in the field. You may be able to progress to the role after gaining a reputation and experience in other positions such as:

    • actor
    • assistant director
    • designer
    • producer
    • stage manager
    • writer.

     

    Skills

    • creativity and the ability to express yourself both orally and in writing
    • persuasiveness and a willingness to take artistic risks
    • excellent negotiation and interpersonal skills
    • self-motivation and the ability to motivate and inspire others
    • the ability to work as part of a team and time management skills
    • an awareness and understanding of technical issues, the workings of a theatre and the process of performance and acting
    • the ability to develop innovative ideas and to solve problems creatively and practically
    • organizational and research skills
    • knowledge of relevant health and safety legislation and procedures
    • dedication and enthusiasm.

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