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INTERNATIONAL THEATRE DIRECTING COURSE

One year/ 2 Semester studies

In co-operation with the International Amateur Theatre Association (AITA/IATA), the North European Amateur Theatre Alliance (NEATA), and the Lithuanian Amateur Theatre Association (LMTS), the Directing Department of Klaipėda University (Lithuania) offers an International Theatre Directing Course to be held at the University from 1st of September to 1st of May every year. The academic staff of the Course will be members of the Directing Department and famous artistic directors of Lithuania.
Course language: English.

The concept of the course

The aim of the Theatre Directing Course is to acquaint students with the basics of directing, acting, voice technique, scenography, pantomime, history of directing, and modern drama. During the process of studies, students will acquire experience in directing, as well as in acting.

Mode of studies: Full–time, nonsequence studies.
Credits: 60 ECTS credits. 30 ECTS of studies modules is included in each semester.
Qualification awarded: Certificate of International study programme.

  • 1st of MARCH – for students from EU countries, Norway, Iceland and Faroe Islands.
  • 1st of NOVEMBER – for students from other countries.
  • Write down analysis (no less than 5 pages) of a chosen play that you dream to stage up (don’t limit yourself, take any play from world dramaturgy): main idea, themes, events, characters, realization on the stage;
  • Write down the manifest “My theatre” (no more than 1 page), briefly and concretely expressing your understanding of The Theatre in general;
  • Read this literature:
    • Constantin Stanislavski. My life in Art.
    • Constantin Stanislavski. Building a Character.
    • Constantin Stanislavski. Creating a Role.
    • Michael Chekhov. On the Technique of Acting.
    • Peter Brook. The Empty Space.
    • Jerzy Grotowski. Towards a Poor Theatre.

Fall semester (1st semester)

From 1st of September until 23rd of December

Subjects:

  1. Directing 1 (12 ECTS)
  2. Acting 1 (6 ECTS)
  3. Voice technique (3 ECTS)
  4. Pantomime (3 ECTS)
  5. Lithuanian language (3 ECTS)
  6. Modern drama (3 ECTS)

Christmas and New Year holiday 
From 24th of December until 2nd of January

Spring semester (2nd semester)

From 3rd of January until 1st of May

Subjects:

  1. Directing 2 (15 ECTS)
  2. Acting 2 (6 ECTS)
  3. Scenography (3 ECTS)
  4. Theatre practice (3 ECTS)
  5. Directing history (3 ECTS)

Examination and assessment regulations

At the end of each subject – Directing, Acting, Scenography, Voice technique, Pantomime, History of Directing, Modern drama – students will have an examination. Examination formats: open lessons, short sketches or performances for the audience.
Grading Scale:

  • 10 – EXCELLENT (outstanding performance with no shortcomings)
  • 9 – VERY GOOD (outstanding performance with minor shortcomings)
  • 8 – GOOD (above the average standard, but with some errors)
  • 7 – SATISFACTORY (generally sound work with a number of notable errors)
  • 6 – SUFFICIENT (fair, but with significant shortcomings)
  • 5 – WEAK (performance meets the minimum criteria)
  • 4, 3, 2, 1 – FAIL (more work required before the credit can be awarded)

Directing: Semesters 1, 2 / 27 ECTS credits

During the practical work on different materials (plays, stories, etc.), you will become acquainted with different ways of directing. During the process of directing, everyone will also work as an actor.

Themes:

  1. System of Stanislavsky.
  2. Analysis of the play.
  3. Active analysis and etude method.
  4. Working with text techniques.
  5. Training as a rehearsal method.
  6. Concept of the performance.

Acting (based on the K. Stanislavsky method): Semesters 1, 2 / 12 ECTS credits

During the practical training you will become acquainted with the essential elements of the creative work of the actors.

Themes:

  1. Psychological and physical elements of the acting technique based on system of K.Stanislavsky.
  2. Analysis of the role according to M.Knebel.
  3. Training by J. Grotowsky’s method.
  4. Improvisation – as an acting joy.
  5. Basic exploration of the best-known acting methods and schools.

Voice Technique: Semester 1 / 3 ECTS credits

During the practical training, you will develop your voice for the stage.

Themes:

  1. Training of muscles control;
  2. Training of correct breathing;
  3. Development of voice;
  4. Voice training with physical exercises.

Pantomime: Semester 1 / 3 ECTS credits

During practical work, you will have the opportunity to develop the plastic language of the body.

Themes:

  1. Training of the body feeling.
  2. Training and feeling of different parts of the body.
  3. Learning to distinguish one group of muscles from another.
  4. Body training: the slow move of the body.
  5. The waves of the body.
  6. Steps of the pantomime.
  7. Pulling of the rope.
  8. ”Wings”, “Wall”, “Running”
  9. The slacken movement, relaxation.
  10. The composition of the motion.

PLEASE NOTE:  for the above classes, please bring along clothes that allow you to move freely.
Remember: comfortable clothing will add to our success
!

Modern Drama: Semester 1 / 3 ECTS credits

During lessons, you will be acquainted with the dramaturgy of the 20th and early 21st Century.

Lithuanian Language & Culture: Semester 1 / 3 ECTS credits

You will get the basics of the language and Lithuanian Culture, to be able to get around.

Directing History: Semester 2 / 3 ECTS credits

Themes:

  1. Introduction. Stage directing in the theatre before the appearance of a stage director.
  2. The reform of the theatre on the threshold of XX century.
    Visionaries: Gordon Craig and Adolph Appia.
  3. The School of Realism and Naturalism: George II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen, Andrea Antoine, Constantine Stanislavsky, Otto Brahm.
  4. Symbolism in the theatre: Aurelien Lugne-Poe, Paul Fort, first experiments of Vsevolod Meyerhold.
  5. The synthesis of Symbolism and Realism: cooperation between G.Craig and C.Stanislavsky, V.Nemirovich-Danchenko.
  6. From Traditionalism to Constructivism and Bio-Mechanics: Vsevolod Meyerhold.
  7. The Synthetic Theatre: Alexander Tairov, Evgeny Vakhtangov.
  8. The Magic Theatre of Max Reinhardt.
  9. The Epic Theatre and its transformations: Ervin Piscator, Bertold Brecht and Giorgio Strehler.
  10. Traditions and Innovations of the French stage directing: Jacques Copeu, Louis Jouvet, Charles Dullin, Gaston Batty, George Pitoeff, Jean-Louis Barrault, Jean Vilar, Ariane Mnouchkine.
  11. Theatre of the Cruelty: Antonin Artaud.
  12. Search in the different cultures: Peter Brook.
  13. Poor Theatre: Jerzy Grotowsky.
  14. The Third Theatre: Eugenio Barba.
  15. Avant-garde of XXth century on the stage: Dada, Surrealism. Happening, Performance, Living Theatre, Bread and Puppet etc.

Scenography: Semester 2 / 3 ECTS credits

Themes:

  1. Introduction to world theatre scenography.
  2. Introduction to colour, composition, lighting and stage space modeling.
  3. Introduction to theater space and stage types.
  4. Individual work to search for and discover visual concept and dramatic solution of space, costumes and lightning of students chosen play for final performance.

Theater Practice: Semester 2 / 3 ECTS credits

Program of educational visit to Moscow. Russian theatre: from the school to the professional stage.

  1. Introduction to main Russian professional theater schools and their systems. Meetings with students and teachers. Watching diploma performances.
  2. Introduction to different professional theatres in Moscow. Meeting with professional actors and directors. Watching professional performances.

The Course is divided into two semesters.
Fall semester: from 1st of September to 20th of December.
Christmas and New Year Holidays: from 21st of December to 2nd of January.
Spring semester: from 3rd of January to 1st of May.

Director of the Course
Dr. Danute Vaigauskaite (Ms)
Head of the Directing Department of Klaipėda University

Address:
Donelaičio str. 4,
LT-92144 Klaipėda,
Lithuania

Tel./Fax +370 46 398 740 (work)
Mobile +370 698 49 766
E-mail danute.vaigauskaite@gmail.com

 

Administrator of the Course
Mr. Andrius Chomicius

Mobile +370 652 89311
Email theatredirectingcourse@gmail.com