Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York
 
Fordham Theatre Department


The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Riley Tehan, '13


Savage/Love by Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin
Directed by Jen Delac, '13


Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Jenni Meador, '13


Lydia Octavio Solis
Directed by Jordanna De La Cruz, '12





 


 

Directing Major
ABOVE:
Elizabeth Margid, head of the Fordham Theatre Directing Program

About the Directing Track

The goal of the directing track is to teach the tools of the trade and help directors begin to find their artistic
voice. The emphasis is on experiential learning.

• Over the course of four years, directing majors can stage three full productions in the studio theatres and assist professional directors on Fordham theatre’s mainstage productions.

• Student directors work with outside professional directors who mentor them and help develop their projects.

• Directing majors have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad and to intern at some of New York’s leading professional theatres.

Directing Major Requirements
(Thirteen Courses, 51-53 Credits)

Foundation courses required of all theatre majors:
THEA2080 Collaboration I (open to theatre majors only)
THEA2090 Collaboration II (open to theatre majors only)
THEA2011 Text Analysis 
THEA2000 Theatre History I: The Greeks
THEA2100 Theatre History II:  Medieval to the Restoration
THEA2200 Theatre History III: Modern to the Present


Directing Major Required Courses:
THEA2010 Acting I
THEA2700 Acting II
THEA3205 Page to Stage
THEA4510 Directing Production Workshop I

THEA4520 Directing Production Workshop II
THEA2070 Theatre Design

One course taken from the following: Directing Production Workshop III, Movement, Voice, Stage Management, Theatre Management, Playwriting, a second Design course, Stage Combat, Screenwriting, Film, Video, Photography, Visual Thinking.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

TDLU 2080/2090- Collaboration I and II
A two-course sequence for all freshmen theatre majors. This course will instill in students that the primary skill in the theatre is the ability to work together. Students across each concentration (performance, playwriting, directing, and design and production) will create short pieces as a team with leading roles circulating.

TDLU 2011-Text Analysis
Through careful, intensive reading of a variety of plays with different dramatic structures and aesthetics, students begin to see that options exist for interpreting a script.

TDLU 2010-Acting I
An introductory acting course in which students participate in voice, movement, and impulse exercises with particular emphasis on physical actions. Vocal Lab. (Every fall)

TDLU 2700-Acting II
Introduction to scene study and text analysis for the actor using the Stanislavski approach. Work on scenes chosen from realistic plays. Students will study character development by exploring psychological objectives and how they are embodied in physical actions. Prerequisite: TDLU 2010. Vocal and Movement Labs. (Every spring)

TDLU 3205-Page to Stage
This is a class in how to collaborate to translate words on a page into a vision for production. Using a classic realist text as a model play, students will discuss the work in class, do visual and dramaturgical research, and work in teams to develop design ideas, sketches, and models. The focus will be on uncovering and releasing one’s own personal vision of the play as well as on how to collaborate to achieve a collective vision. Outside readings and video screenings of other directors’ and designers’ work complement students’ own investigations into the focal text. In addition to working with the designers to articulate production approaches, directing students will also cast actors and rehearse scenes from the play outside of class. The semester will culminate in a final evening presentation of the scenes and design work. 

TDLU 4510/4520/4530-Directing Production
Workshop I – III

This course is designed as a lab to increase the collaborative learning process of studio productions. These advanced production classes guides students through the process of producing fully staged productions for public performance. In the process, students will hone their ability to analyze text, shape a production approach, communicate with artistic collaborators, conduct auditions and rehearsals, realize design concepts, plan a production schedule, and create and manage a budget. Although the focus is play production, attending and discussing both university and professional productions is an important aspect of these advanced production courses.

TDLU 4010-Directing Lab (2-4 credits)
Direction and production of a play under faculty supervision. (A full-length play or two one-act plays are acceptable). For Theatre Majors with a concentration in Directing. Consent of faculty advisor and chairperson.



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