Course code MākZ4422
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of seminars and practical work hours Number of student independent work hours
2 3 32 22 10 48
E-courses MākZ4422: Theatre Directing and the Art of the Actor
Course annotation The course treats on theatre performance as a both structurally and stylistically self-contained production and provides an insight into the special role of the components of a performance, analysing their interaction. The students are introduced to the history of the profession of an actor and director, paying attention to the role of both professions in the creative process of staging a performance, as well as performing one. The course looks into the major methodologies of directing and acting of the 20th century. The students are challenged to examine the differences in acting and directing strategies in psychological, modernist and postmodern performances.
Results Students develop an understanding of the theory and practice of the actor’s and the director’s work in creating a performance as well as performing one. An understanding of differences between the specific strategies of actors and directors in psychological, modernist and postmodern performances is established. Based on the knowledge students are being prepared to engage in writing professional theatre reviews, criticism and science.
Course plan 1. Emergence of the theatre in different cultures: ritual, myth. L2
2. Different types of the stage and buildings for theatre. L2 S2
3. Theatre performance: types, structure, elements, style. L4 S2
4. Origin of the actor’s profession: historical approach. L2
5. The actor’s technique: basic elements. L2
6. Analysis of the actor's performance. S2
7. Origin of the director’s profession: historical approach. L4
8. Different theatre concepts by K.Stanislavsky, V.Meyerhold, M.Chekhov, A.Arto, P.Brook, J.Grotowski, R.Wilson. L2
9. The work of a theatre director: basic elements. L2
10. Analysis of the director's work on staging a play. S2
11. Genre, style, tempo-rhythm of a theatre performance. The different tasks of the director and the actor. L2
12. Psychological, Modern, Postmodern theatre performances. Different tasks of a theatre critic. S2

Requirements for obtaining credit points The average exam mark is calculated as follows: the aggregate of all marks divided by the number of tasks (4)
1) participation in 10 seminars- 30%;
2) written analysis of a performance by the student’s choice, concentrating on theoretical analysis of actors’ and directors’ work – 20%;
3) written final test on the contents of the course material – 30%;
4) a written analysis (final test) at the exam of one of the following – “The Empty Space” by P.Brook, “The Profession - Director” by A. Efros, “The Theatre and Its Double” by A. Arto, “Towards a Poor Theatre” by J. Grotowski, “The Actor’s Work on Himself. Part 1” by K. Stanislavsky – 20%.
Study programmes Baltic Philology