"How do you select, organize, and direct a play successfully?" In this program, a group of directing students are given the opportunity to discover through example and experience the answers to these and many other questions. This program is not only helpful to theatre students, but can also be a tremendous asset to first time directors.
Beginning with Greek drama and continuing through Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, French, Spanish, English, and American forms, this video gives an overview of how modern theatre came to be. The great playwrights, trends, and artistic styles are briefly described to give the student a general understanding of both the history and cultural importance of theatre.
In this program Judith Chaffee (movement coach and theater professor at Boston University) presents a workshop with students on acting in period plays from the Restoration and Victorian eras. Using scenes from Man of Mode, Mrs. Warren's Profession, and The Importance of Being Earnest, she teaches students how to execute dances of the period; use such props as hats, canes, and daggers; and perform such movements as walking and sitting for each of the periods discussed.
Jessica Wilson is a director and producer of non-text based theatre. Her work is defined by its rich visual narratives and seamless combination of artforms including puppetry; physical performance; and projected image.
This film explores a day in the life of the Globe Theatre including: behind-the-scenes preparations; rehearsals; backstage drama; and performance extracts from a production of Romeo and Juliet; together with glimpses into Globe Education workshops, activities and tours.
A dramatization of Richard Sheridan's play of the same title, about the comedy of errors that ensues when a dashing young man assumes a double identity and is betrothed to the same girl twice. The play is set in Bath in the 18th century, a town legendary for conspicuous consumption-- wealthy, fashionable people went there to "take the waters", which were believed to have healing properties.
An introduction to the commedia dell'arte featuring Luoghi dell'Arte (one of Rome's leading commedia dell'arte companies). Entertaining and informative, this valuable resource celebrates the spirit of commedia, which still flourishes after more than 500 years.