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Directing: for Theatre

Summer school for Adults

Introduction

The five-day course aims to help students discover their strengths and develop their own individual directing style.

During the summer course, students will examine the role of the director, as well as look at different practitioners’ approaches to directing.

By participating in this summer school students can expect to gain a greater understanding of text analysis, stagecraft and the production process as well as examine techniques for working with actors in a rehearsal process.

This summer school is designed for theatre professionals interested in developing skills in directing for theatre. It may also be useful for anyone wishing to build on existing experience, pursue a pathway to further training or explore a career in this field.

By the end of the course, students should have:

  • been introduced to the key aspects of directing for theatre
  • gained a greater understanding of text analysis, stagecraft and the production process
  • examined techniques for working with actors in a rehearsal process
  • explored established directing styles and methodologies

Aimed at those with some experience in theatre, but little or none of directing actors, this course will provide a supportive and challenging environment in which you can explore and learn.

The deadline for booking this course is Monday 30th July 2018 at 12pm.

Introduction

The five-day course aims to help students discover their strengths and develop their own individual directing style.

During the summer course, students will examine the role of the director, as well as look at different practitioners’ approaches to directing.

By participating in this summer school students can expect to gain a greater understanding of text analysis, stagecraft and the production process as well as examine techniques for working with actors in a rehearsal process.

This summer school is designed for theatre professionals interested in developing skills in directing for theatre. It may also be useful for anyone wishing to build on existing experience, pursue a pathway to further training or explore a career in this field.

By the end of the course, students should have:

  • been introduced to the key aspects of directing for theatre
  • gained a greater understanding of text analysis, stagecraft and the production process
  • examined techniques for working with actors in a rehearsal process
  • explored established directing styles and methodologies

Aimed at those with some experience in theatre, but little or none of directing actors, this course will provide a supportive and challenging environment in which you can explore and learn.

The deadline for booking this course is Monday 30th July 2018 at 12pm.

Course outline

Throughout this summer school you will work with an experienced director to explore the art of directing, discover your own strengths and develop your individual directing style. Focusing on the key elements of directing for theatre, you will gain an insight into practical as well as creative activities that can support your work with actors.

Individual and group activities will guide you through established directing styles and methodologies, looking at how different approaches can be used to create engaging theatre. Throughout the five-day course, you will use extracts from selected classic and contemporary plays to explore text analysis, character development and staging.

Students will also be introduced to the director’s role and responsibilities with regard to the design and production process.

Financial support



Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Lifelong Learning courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

More information about the Agnes Allan Bursary.

 





James McAvoy Drama Scholarships

Bafta-winning and Golden Globe nominated actor James McAvoy is committed to nurturing the creative potential of young Scots who experience barriers to access and participate in drama at RCS Lifelong Learning.

James is a graduate of the BA Acting programme at RCS and Patron of the Junior Conservatoire of Drama. The Glasgow-born actor has funded the new James McAvoy Drama Scholarships to enable young people to experience the world-class drama training at RCS as he did.

The scholarship aims to support applicants who would otherwise find meeting the cost of tuition fees at RCS a barrier to accessing pre-Higher Education drama training at the Royal Conservatoire.

More information about the James McAvoy Drama Scholarship.





Drama at 60 Scholarship

The Drama at 60 Scholarship supports talented performers and producers of theatre, film and television gain essential skills and experience as they work towards formal training.

This scholarship offers up to three promising theatre or screen practitioners up to £1,000 to invest in a range of training activities at the Royal Conservatoire. The focus in 2016/17 will be on digital creativity as part of our New Digital Creatives scheme.

The deadline for applications for Drama at 60 Scholarships for 2017/18 is Tuesday 30 June 2017.

Before applying please read the Drama at 60 Scholarship Guidelines 2016.

To apply please send your CV, a short biography, a one-page application statement and a letter of recommendation to lifelong@rcs.ac.uk



Staying in Glasgow

Many of our students travel from across the world to join us for an open day, study on a short course or attend a summer school at the Royal Conservatoire.

Residential accommodation for summer school students travelling within the UK or from overseas is available at Liberty House. This is the student accommodation that our full-time students use during term time. Please note that this accommodation is only for students aged 16+.

The modern, self-contained flats are located in the city centre of Glasgow, just ten minutes walk from the Royal Conservatoire. They consist of single en-suite units and have a communal kitchen that you can use to store and prepare food during your stay. You can find more information on their website.

For 2017 summer school students, the prices start at £139.50 for 7 nights (excluding bedding pack). Kitchen packs/items are included as standard for Summer School students. Bedding packs are not provided in the bedrooms, but can be purchased from Liberty House for £30 on application.

Places are strictly limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

If you have any access requirements, Liberty Living are happy to discuss accommodation arrangements to ensure they suit you.

The Conservatoire is not able to make reservations on your behalf. Please contact Liberty Living with any queries on +44 (0)141 248 9949 or libertyhouse-glasgow@libertyliving.co.uk.

If you are having trouble finding accommodation, please contact us directly and we will aim to help you find somewhere to stay.

If you would prefer to stay in hostel, B&B or hotel, click see our list of short term accommodation in Glasgow for a list of alternative accommodation or you can see the Visit Scotland website.

 

Entry requirements

This is an open access course with no specific entry requirements. Please be aware that students should be prepared to perform as actors within the closed environment of the workshop process.

Preparing for your course

Before attending

You will be sent a range of texts you will be expected to be familiar with before the start of the course. The list of texts to be purchased will be provided at least one month in advance of the course start date. Copies of the specific scenes being used will be provided during the course.

Please be ready to discuss the characters, relationships and events within each play. Any background reading you can do on the text, and the social or historical context of the pieces will also be useful to your study.

While attending

Please dress appropriately in loose and comfortable clothing that covers the body and be prepared to work without shoes if required. Students should bring bottled water and a writing pad and pen to take notes during the course.

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Offers

Promotional Offers

We offer a selection of promotional offers for our Lifelong Learning courses, take a look!

To receive the promotional offer code, contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk before booking a course.