There are a number of excellent articles over on the website of the American Association of Community Theatre.
This is the sixth in a series of extracts from those articles and a link so that if you want to read more you can get to the entire article.
The sixth one is about the role of The Director.
The work of the director is central to the production of a play. The director has the challenging task of bringing together the many complex pieces of a production — the script, actors, set, costuming, lighting and sound and music—into a unified whole.
To accomplish this task, a director needs to:
Interpret the script
Cast the production
Collaborate with designers
Plan the rehearsals
Guide the actors in their work during rehearsals.
The director’s work is most often based on a detailed study and analysis of the script to be produced. Many careful readings of the script help the director develop an individual vision of the playwright’s intentions, which will form the core of his or her interpretation. This sense of “what the play is really about” will shape a director’s thinking about every other aspect of the production.
Directors also study the characters in the script, gathering as much information as they can about their physical and psychological traits. This is vital preparation for casting, when the actors who are best able to bring the characters to life in performance need to be chosen.
The director’s initial meetings with theset
designers typify the creative collaboration vital to theatre. Any notes the director has made on the technical needs in the script are shared with the designers. The free flow of ideas that takes place here will further refine the director’s vision of the production as a whole.
The complete article can be found here.