Work on Performance 2

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
201EIT2 exam 15 20 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 195 to 270 hours of self-study English winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

  1. Demonstration of the ability to do independent creative work on a production from the initial inspiration through to performance before an audience.
  2. Cooperation with other artists on the comprehensive form.
  3. Full-fledged use of all available audio-visual means.
  4. The production, organizational and marketing components of the director's work.
  5. Individual and joint preparation, study of the production and its performance.
  6. Transformation of the production plan in relation to coworkers and audiences.
  7. The director as a leader and as part of a team.

Mode of study

Seminars, exams, performances, written reflection.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Professionally equipped school stage, intensive cooperation with the department of scenography, production, or other departments. Cooperation with production, agencies, media. External collaborators depending on the type of production being prepared. Collaboration with other years of the acting department of KČD and KALD.

Course contents


  1. Introduction to the study of production.
  2. Reading, blocking, acting rehearsals, technical and lighting rehearsals, regular rehearsals, dress rehearsal, first performance, premiere, later performances.
  3. Leadership and cooperation between inscenátorů and actors.
  4. Leadership of individuals and of the collective, rehearsal tactics and strategies.
  5. Coaching for movement, choreography, sound, diction and singing.
  6. The production and its promotion.


Instruction focuses on the practical realization of a full-length theatrical performance with the use of the full range of expressive means. In their work the students must take into account the individual and shared themes of their collaborators, the context of the theatre, the context of the place and the context of the theatre's other productions. They learn the meaningful combination of the individual components of a theatrical performance through live communication with selected coworkers. They make a difficult, thematicized montage with respect to content and form with the use of full-fledged stage design, music and sound. They learn the right way to pace progress with work, the assigning of tasks to coworkers and communication with them. They learn the continuous seeking of form and the ability to develop the intended theme. They create an appropriate method of keeping notes and its organization and evaluation, and they make independent use of auxiliary literature, confirming their inspiration beyond the theatre in art and reality.

Recommended or required reading

Pavis, Patrice - Dictionary of the Theatre

Gordon, Robert - The purpose of playing: modern acting theories in perspective

Schechner, Richard - Performance theory [2005]

Bogart, Anne - A director prepares: seven essays on art and theatre

Čechov, Michail Alexandrovič - The path of the actor

Čechov, Michail Alexandrovič - To the actor: on the technique of acting

Donnellan, Declan - The actor and the target

Hauser, Frank; Reich, Russell - Notes on Directing: 130 Lessons in Leadership from the Director`s Chair

Gaskill, William - A Sense of direction

Krasner, David (ed.) - Method acting reconsidered: theory, practice, future

Lecoq, Jacques - The moving body: teaching creative theatre

Luere, Jeane - Playwright Versus Director: Authorial Intentions and Performance Interpretations

Hodge, Alison - Twentieth century actor training [2007]

Johnstone, Keith - IMPRO: improvisation and the Theatre

Merlin, Bella - Beyond Stanislavsky: the psycho-physical approach to actor training

Mitter, Shomit - Systems of Rehearsal. Stanislavsky, Brecht, Grotowski and Brook

Rudlin, John - Commedia dell’arte: an actor’s handbook

Rudlin, John; Crick, Olly - Commedia dell’arte: a handbook for troupes

Stanislavski, Constantin - An actor’s handbook: an alphabetical arrangement of concise statements on aspects of acting

Stanislavski, Constantin - An actor’s work: a student’s diary

Thomas, James Michael - Script analysis for actors, director and designers

Zarrilli, Phillip B. - Psychophysical acting: an intercultural approach after Stanislavski

Assessment methods and criteria

The artistic result of the graduation production and the overall course of the rehearsal, including the written reflection, are evaluated.

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