Course: THEA 240: Directing a Play
Faculty: Anjalee Hutchinson
Students: Mallory Steffey, Mingjun Gao, Victor Lopez, Carrie Molnar, Midge Zuk
DP&S liaison: Emily Sherwood
Semester and Year: Fall 2016, Fall 2017
Theatre 240 students traditionally compile Director’s Books for two projects during their semester: a short scene and then a longer production. As part of the beginning pedagogy workshop in the summer of 2015, Professor Hutchinson designed a template for her students to create their director’s books using WordPress. The template provides instructions and rubrics for each element of the assignment. Students import the template to their WordPress site, replacing the instructions with content as they move through the assignment.
Throughout the process, students learn the various components of directing a play. The scaffolded nature of the assignment–the smaller scene site followed by the more complex final production site–allows students to gain familiarity with the tool and components during the first iteration and then expand their design in the latter project. The digital medium provides them with the ability to incorporate a range of multi-media research and design concepts. The digital Director’s Book also allows students the opportunity to create an artifact of their work as a director that can be readily shared beyond the classroom whether applying for MFA programs, internships, directing programs, or a job with a theatre company.
Cocktail books (final projects):
Director’s book template: