Directing
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A director is in charge of all of the artistic aspects of a production—effectively, the director brings the drama to life. A director interprets the script and decides on the concept which then shapes the production. The director holds auditions, casts the play, works with the technicians and designers and creates the production. It is the director's job to know the script so well that any stamp they place on the work is in keeping with the general idea. Directors also research the work and put it into a historical context so the company can see the piece in perspective. Each director must decide if he or she wishes to be as faithful to the original script as possible, or to rely on a concept to shape the work. For example, Harold Pinter's Mountain Language is set in a prison, so by relocating it to a multinational corporation I was employing a metaphor that became the dominant theme for the production.

Once a play is cast, there are three distinct phases of rehearsals: Read-throughs, blocking and the tech/dress stage. First the cast engages in textual analysis of the script. Secondly, the director and actors decide how movement should be structured in the play (though this always changes in rehearsal). And finally, in the technical rehearsal/dress rehearsal stage, the entire play is run through and it approximates production as much as possible. Typical rehearsal time is 4-6 weeks.