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The Director’s Toolbox

Recorded On: 07/15/2021

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Directors interpret the script, and find a unifying concept that brings a complete and quality production to the stage. They guide the actors and design team through the process as they realize this vision. The Director uses seven basic tools to accomplish this:

Tool 1: Self —Training/background & Research

Tool 2: Script — Personalize Script and Text Analysis

Tool 3: Actors — Communicate with actors

Tool 4: Rehearsal — Auditions to Opening Night

Tool 5: Space — Emphasis on Focus

Tool 6: Design — Speak the Language of Design

Tool 7: Evaluation and Self-Assessment 

James Van Leishout

James has been a professional director and producer for more than four decades, including 14 years as the Artistic Director of the Washington Shakespeare Festival. James has taught at South Puget Sound Community College, University of Illinois: Edwardsville, Brigham Young University, and as a Master Teacher at the Vancouver Film School (Canada). James has given workshops at numerous national theatre conventions and state Thespian conferences. He has adjudicated for Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, International Thespian Festival and several state Thespian festivals. He holds a B.A. in theatre with an emphasis in acting and an M.F.A. in directing.


Director's Toolbox
Recorded 07/15/2021
Recorded 07/15/2021 Learn to use seven tools to better your directing from James Van Leishout.
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