Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    THEA 203 or THEA 204.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    6 - 8
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    8 - 10
  • Overview

    A practical study of fundamentals of theatre directing, with particular emphasis given to script analysis and working with actors. Please note that in order to be considered for this limited entry course, your enrolment application must be submitted by 10 December in the year prior to enrolment. 100% internal assessment.

    Course content
    During the class components of the course, each student will:
    i) explore a range of approaches to theatre directing
    ii) gain practical experience by directing scenes from selected playtexts
    iii) present their research work on twentieth century directors to the class

    Students should wear comfortable clothing, which allows movement, to all classes. Mobile phones are to be turned off during classes.

    During the production components of the course, each student will
    i) direct a selected playscript, in all aspects from casting to final public performance, over an intensive rehearsal period
    ii) collaborate on production work for the season as a whole (planning & paperwork, design and production support, publicity, organising their actors’ contribution to technical management, etc.)
    iii) compile a workbook to document and analyse creative and production work.

    Course learning objectives
    Students who pass this course will be able to:

    • realise a theatre piece from play text to full production in front of an audience
    • analyse their own directing practice in order to improve their work
    • collaborate on technical aspects of theatre production
    • examine, contextualise and analyse the history and methodologies of theatre directing, with an aim to apply this analysis in their practice

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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